Neuroscience Critical Care Unit

We combine high-tech integrated care with a special level of care and compassion. The staff of the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit (NCCU) has a unique opportunity to provide specialized care to primarily intensive and intermediate care patients.  our integrated unit facilitates the ability of patients to possibly remain in the same room during their hospital stay and receive specialized neuroscience nursing care. This integrated model promotes a continuity of care and familiarity between patients, families, and nurses. Our Neuroscience team of physicians, nurses, patients, and families formulate an individual plan upon admission. This plan is continually updated as the patient's condition changes; we are always planning for discharge.

"On this unit, the staff have the opportunity to provide excellence in neuroscience nursing care, specifically intensive care, step-down care and epilepsy treatment. Neuroscience nurses excel in a specific body of knowledge that promotes better outcomes for our patients who have strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors and other neurologic conditions." - Lori, Manager

We care for a wide variety of patients above the age of 18 offering a wide breadth of services that are unmatched in the region including:

  • Neurosurgical disorders such as head trauma, spinal cord injuries, deep brain stimulators, tumor resections, and gamma knife surgery
  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Transient Ischemic Attacks, Guillian Barre, and Status Epilepticus.

Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) is an important component of our unit. Skilled Nurses and Technologists continually assess and treat patients with seizure activity.

31 beds on Neuroscience Critical Care Unit
4 beds on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Staffing decisions are based on nursing workload.

Self-scheduling is available with a variety of shifts. Nurses work with the scheduling committee and Nurse Manager to develop schedules that meet personal and professional needs.

We offer a personalized orientation with a dedicated preceptor providing training for mechanical ventilators, intracranial pressure monitors, trauma and much more.

BLS, ACLS, Ongoing in-services and annual competencies provide continuing education opportunities.
Certification in area of specialty is strongly encouraged and financially rewarded.

Experience in a Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is preferred, but general intensive care unit experience is acceptable, or two years of acute medical/surgical/telemetry experience; critical care experience.

To speak with a Nurse Recruiter, please call (717) 531-5141 or email us at nurserecruitment@hmc.psu.edu.  We welcome the opportunity to personally discuss employment opportunities.