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Operating Room

Core 3-Harrisburg Campus
This unit contains 17 surgical suites and one cystoscopy room. The average caseload per month is approximately 1,300 surgeries including both inpatient and outpatient.
Community Campus
The operating room will provide services for those patients requiring surgical intervention both as inpatients and outpatients, on an elective and emergent basis. This unit contains ten state-of-the-art equipped operating rooms and one cystoscopy room. The average caseload is approximately 600 surgical cases performed per month.

Cardiovascular Operating Room

Core 3–Harrisburg Campus
Surgical services open heart surgery specializes in adult cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. Staff consists of surgical technologists and registered nurses that are trained in the specialty of cardiac surgery. The staff operates under a
team approach utilizing self-scheduling and call.
Required Experience: Registered Nurse (BSN) with OR experience or Graduate
Nurse with completion of PinnacleHealth’s Perioperative Course

Preoperative Orientation

Core 3–Harrisburg Campus
PinnacleHealth Surgical Services offers an eight-month comprehensive orientation for the Registered Nurse, without experience, and the Graduate Nurse. At the conclusion of the Perioperative course the RN/GN will have the knowledge and skills necessary to practice confidently and safely in the operating room. The course is designed to follow the recommended practices of the Association of
Operating Room Nurses (AORN) as well as departmental and system policies and procedures.


North 3–Harrisburg Campus and Community Campus
These self-contained gastrointestinal specialty units provide Endoscopy services to inpatients and outpatients. Procedures include diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. The units include two admission bays, two procedure rooms, one
room for ph and motility studies and four recovery bays. The staff travels to radiology, ICU, ER, OR and bedside to perform cases in which the patient cannot be transported.
Required Experience: Registered Nurse (BSN) with ACLS and BLS certification


Core 3–Harrisburg Campusand Community Campus
Perianesthesia nursing encompasses the care of the patient and family/ significant other along the Perianesthesia continuum of care – Preanesthesia and Postanesthesia, Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. During the preanesthesia period, the registered nurse is responsible for preparing the patient/ family/significant other
both physically and emotionally for his or her surgical experience. Following anesthesia, the registered nurse provides care to the patient in the immediate postanesthesia period until transferred to an in-house bed, provides ongoing
care for those patients requiring extended observation and/ or prepares the patient/family/ significant other for care in the home.
Required Experience: Registered Nurse (BSN) with one year of med/surg experience and ACLS certification; completion of our critical care course is required within 12 months of hire.