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Nursing Specialties at Reading Health System
A regional referral center for cardiac, cancer, neonatology, behavioral health and orthopaedic services,
Reading Health System perennially ranks among the top four Pennsylvania hospitals in patient admissions,
surgical procedures, emergency care volume and outpatient services. Advance your nursing skills as
you work in one of our 20 specialty units.
Beginnings Maternity Center
This 59-bed unit provides a range of care for antepartum high-risk, labor-delivery and post-partum patients.
The Beginnings Maternity Center has a newborn nursery, an eight-bed triage unit and two cesarean units.
Cardiac Heart Failure Medical
This is a step-down unit for patients who require medical telemetry for
conditions like unstable angina, congestive heart failure or myocardial infarction.
Along with telemetry, treatment methods may also include cardiac education and Cardizem,
Natrecor or Amiodarone drips. Nurses are provided with EKG training,
CVL respiratory classes and ACLS for RNs.
Cardiac/Pulmonary/Renal is a 31-bed telemetry unit that has ventilator capabilities.
Services provided here include telemetry, ventilators, BiPAP/CPAP, extensive pulmonary toileting and peritoneal dialysis.
Cardiac Surgical Telemetry
The nurses in the Cardiac Surgical Telemetry Unit provide post-surgical care for
open heart and general thoracic surgery patients. Nurses on this unit have special
EKG training, along with a Cardiac and Pulmonary Modules of Critical Care Course
and ACLS certification.
Cardiac Vascular Interventional Radiology
The Cardiac Vascular Interventional Radiology Division includes specialized patient service
areas such as cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, interventional radiology, interventional
neuroradiology, peripheral angiography, transesophageal echo and a 35-bed Prep and Recovery Unit.
Nurses in this fast-paced environment partner with physicians and other healthcare providers to
learn new technologies and apply advanced assessment skills.
- Center for Pain Management
Reading Health System's Center for Pain Management provides a comprehensive range of
treatments for non-malignant chronic pain. Treatment methods and procedures include
injection of steroids or other medications, physical therapy, neurolysis,
biofeedback and medication management.
- Emergency Department
Reading Health System's Emergency Department has 80 beds and is made up of several patient care areas:
triage, acute care, trauma, intermediate and fast track. The department sees over 125,000 patients annually.
Here, a full multidisciplinary team of experts, including RNs, providers, medics, patient care assistants,
case management, guest services assistants, unit clerks and leadership, collaborates to deliver excellent
outcomes for our patients. Advantages include patients being greeted by a nurse first, as well as a fully
automated EMR that is integrated with the inpatient documentation system for easier and safe handoff.
Our General Medical units consist of a 33-bed adult medical unit (NSGE-2) and a 39-bed unit (NSG E-3).
Both are fast-paced environments, telemetry capable and with all private rooms. On these units, you will
be offered continuing education to support your practice and will participate in the unit's shared governance.
Diagnoses treated in the General Medical units include pneumonia and other lung ailments, gastrointestinal
bleeds, pancreatic and kidney disorders, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis, drug and alcohol withdrawal,
cellulitis and wound infections.
This 37-bed unit focuses on the care of post-surgical patients.
In the General Surgery Unit, nurses care for patients who have undergone bariatric surgeries,
epidurals, Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA), general surgeries and much more.
This is a fast-paced unit with relatively high patient turnover rate.
- IV Team
The IV Team provides care to all patients receiving IV therapy utilizing INS standards
and CDC guidelines. The team's scope of care includes all aspects of IV Therapy,
including bedside PICC insertions.
This is our newest Medical-Surgical Unit. Medical C1S has 27 private rooms that are equipped with
bedside staff workstations and computers. This unit serves our post-op GYN population, as well as our
adolescent and geriatric medical patients.
- Medical Intensive Care
Medical Intensive Care handles cases that require special monitoring and observation.
MICU nurses often work with patients who have cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal,
neurological or renal conditions.
Neonatal Intensive Care
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a 30-bed, Level II/III unit responsible for
treating extremely premature to full-term infants who require more than normal newborn care.
The NICU is equipped with oscillators and ventilators to provide respiratory
support and 24-hour respiratory coverage.
Oncology nurses care for patients who have a primary and/or secondary diagnosis of cancer
and require treatment of chronic and episodic illness, therapeutic interventions and side
effect management. Care is also provided to patients in the terminal phase of illness
with focus on end-of-life care, hospice care and palliative care. All RNs working on N3S
complete specialty training in the administration of chemotherapy and the care of oncology patients.
- Operating Room
Our 25-room Operating Room suite is equipped for a variety of highly specialized surgeries.
Here, you will find a perioperative services division staffed with caring, hardworking
individuals who are engaged and excited about the future. We are building a new 466,00-square-foot
clinical building on our West Reading campus. This facility will feature hybrid operating
rooms that support both traditional and minimally invasive procedures that use imaging
and the daVinci Surgical System.
- Orthopaedic Services
Orthopaedic Services is home to Reading's Joint Care Center and our Orthopaedic Unit.
The unit specializes in the treatment of orthopaedic injuries like hip and ankle fractures,
lumbar laminectomies and ACL repairs.
Pediatrics is a 19-bed patient care unit that treats newborns through teenagers.
This unit has cardio-respiratory monitoring capability, and comprehensive care is
achieved through our Collaborative Nursing Model.
- Psychiatry (Spruce Pavilion)
The Spruce Pavilion is an acute care inpatient psychiatric facility that offers
care to adolescent, adult and geriatric clients. Our programs are highly
diversified and utilize multiple modalities and groups. These groups use dual diagnosis,
education, relaxation, sensory integration and physical fitness.
- Stroke Unit
Our 33-bed Stroke Unit has been recognized by the American Heart Association for the past
four years for meeting quality standards and has been awarded the Stroke Center of Excellence
distinction. Our staff provides high-quality care to patients with stroke, seizure and
other neuro/medical concerns. All RNs complete NIHSS certification.
- Surgical Intensive Care
Nurses in Surgical Intensive Care work with patients who have acute conditions related
to cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, abdominal, gynecological and vascular surgeries.
New graduates entering Surgical Intensive Care are eligible to take part in the
Critical Care Internship Program. This internship program incorporates an AACN-approved
Critical Care Course, as well as an extensive individualized and unit-based orientation.
- The Reading Hospital at Spring Ridge
This 25,000-square-foot facility is a multispecialty ambulatory surgery center.
Our nurses provide perioperative care for patients undergoing outpatient surgery.
The SurgiCenter has eight technologically advanced surgical suites, 12 preoperative bays,
19 postoperative bays and a special procedure room.
- The Rehabilitation Center at Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital
The Rehabilitation Center is a 62-bed comprehensive physical rehabilitation unit.
Nurses provide acute inpatient medical rehabilitation services to patients with
functional impairments as a result of various diagnoses, including stroke, spinal
cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple trauma, orthopaedic conditions, amputations
and other disabling conditions.
- Transitional Care Center at Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital
The Transitional Care Center is a fully-licensed and regulated, 50-bed, short-term-stay,
skilled nursing care unit. Nurses care for patients with problems relating to post-hospital
medical and surgical needs, including rehabilitation, generalized weakness, cardiopulmonary
conditions, wound care, diabetic monitoring and education and post orthopaedic/ surgical procedures.
Chief Nurse Anesthetist
"Reading Health System is a unique combination of history, tradition and progressive,
state-of-the-art healthcare. Reading Health System employees share a genuine and deeply
embedded desire to consistently improve care for the Reading community and surroundings. The advanced technology Reading Health System offers, along with the dedicated leadership team, creates a framework of success."