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Surgical Services Nursing

Surgical nurses work in a dynamic service line committed to excellence in practice. Our nurses experience a contemporary practice model while providing quality patient care.  Surgical nurses are exposed to a variety of settings including inpatient units, operating rooms, anesthesia, pre- and post-operative units and trauma-surgical intensive care units.


Opportunities available for our nurses include:

  • Cross-training
  • Task forces
  • Committees and action teams
  • Performance improvement initiatives
  • Educational programs

At WellSpan, Surgical Services nursing offers a full scope of multi-specialty services. The department is comprised of several different inpatient specialty units ranging from PHAS (pre-hospital assessment services) to PACU (post-anesthesia care unit). Nurses provide care to patients ranging in age from infancy through elder years. WellSpan surgical nurses are exposed to a broad range of patient populations and conditions, and as a result, develop expertise and skill in a multitude of clinical specialties.

A multi-disciplinary approach to care is employed to ensure the delivery of quality patient outcomes. Teamwork is essential to the provision of excellent patient care and smooth operation of the units. All environments are fast-paced and challenging, and focused on the education of staff and patients alike.


Our nurses enjoy:

  • Flexible schedules
  • A great team atmosphere
  • Many opportunities to become involved in their profession
  • Educational opportunities


WellSpan Locations to be a Surgical Services Nurse

Apple Hill Surgical Center:

Apple Hill Surgical Center (AHSC) is a for-profit joint venture between York Hospital and its medical staff. The center was formed to address the growth of ambulatory surgery and create a working relationship between the medical staff and the hospital.

AHSC has an all-RN staff that rotates through the pre-op, operating rooms, recovery, and endoscopy areas. We require that our staff be certified in basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and encourage staff to also be certified in pediatric advance life support (PALS). Team work and customer satisfaction are essential to our success. The surgical center is a dynamic and fast-paced environment that requires our nurses to be extremely motivated. Patient assessment, organizational and prioritizing skills are essential.

AHSC is committed to providing high quality care in a cost effective and safe environment. The surgical center follows the basic principles of openness, integrity, fiscal responsibility and clinical excellence. Our nursing staff is active in performance improvement initiatives, as we believe that staff involvement is imperative to the satisfaction of our patients and physicians and, subsequently, the success of the center.

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

In addition to comprehensive inpatient surgical services, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital has same-day/outpatient surgery services available for patients undergoing minor procedures with a shorter recovery time. WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital offers comprehensive surgical procedures using the latest technology. Anesthetic administration relieves discomfort during surgery and painful therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. The staff provides compassionate, high quality individualized patient care.

WellSpan York Hospital:

  • Pre Hospital Assessment Services (PHAS): Nurses in the PHAS unit are responsible for the background work required to prepare an individual for a surgical procedure. Nurses in PHAS work with the hospital, surgeon and patient to coordinate the surgical procedure. PHAS nurses perform health histories and assessments, evaluate patient testing and lab work, and ensure that the patient is fit to receive the procedure. In addition, the PHAS staff works with registration and care management teams to confirm health insurance information.
  • Short Stay Unit (SSU): SSU nurses work with patients who are being prepared for the actual surgery to take place. SSU nurses continue the work of the PHAS staff, by making sure that all required patient information is present, continue the health assessments, monitor vital signs, start IVs and administer any preoperative medications that are needed. SSU nurses are also trained to help patients cope with the inevitable anxiety that accompanies any surgical procedure. Nurses in the SSU can also provide second stage recovery and discharge instructions for patients receiving outpatient procedures.
  • Operating Room (OR): OR nurses care for patients immediately prior to and during a surgical procedure. OR nurses carry on the work of the SSU nurses by continuing the health assessments, monitoring vital signs, securing a safe environment for the patient, and assisting the surgeon during the procedure. OR nurses have the opportunity to learn any of the 11 sub-specialties within surgeries performed by the surgical services line.
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU): Nurses in the PACU care for patients as they are recovering from anesthesia. Recovery is an especially critical time for patients in terms of pain control and monitoring of vital signs as the effects of anesthesia are reversed and the patient is waking up.
  • Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit (TSICU): The TSICU includes 10 fully monitored beds. TSICU nurses provide compassionate care to a variety of critically ill surgical patients including trauma, neurosurgical and pediatric. Most of the nurses time is spent at the bedside monitoring the patients and administering care 24-hours a day. Rooms are equipped with cardiac monitors, alarms, and ventilators. Specially certified nurses are on-staff around the clock.
    Surgical Transitional Intensive Care Unit (STICU): Our 10 bed STICU cares for the patient who may need cardiac monitoring, a ventilator or increased observation. The nursing staff works with each patient's healthcare team to develop and implement a plan of care. Along with basic bedside care, other services can include speech, physical or occupational therapy, dietary, social services, pharmacy, infection control, or respiratory therapy.
  • Surgical Floors: Surgical nurses have the opportunity to work on a variety of surgical floors.
    • 5 South - 5 South is a 22-bed step down unit, which cares for patients from the age of 15 to 100. The nurses care for trauma, Bariatric, GYN oncology, and complex vascular surgical patients.
    • 6 Main - 6 Main is a 58-bed general surgery unit, which cares for patients from the age of 18 to 100. The nurses on this floor care for patients that have had general surgery, such as urological, simple vascular, and plastic.
    • 7 South - 7 South is a 28-bed Orthopedic and Neuroscience unit. The nurses on 7 South care for patients that have had orthopedic surgery or injuries, neurosurgical procedures, and strokes.

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