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Nursing at Geisinger Medical Center

Orthopaedic Nursing

Orthopaedic Nursing

Working the acute problems of the musculoskeletal system, bone problems generally come in two categories - joint replacement, or trauma. Assessment of the musculoskeletal system and the impact on pain, safety, self care and support systems is essential.

Adaptation with progressive devices and working with physicians and physical therapy, these nurses have a multidisciplinary approach each day.

Orthopedics, Hospital for Advance Medicine 6 Inpatient

  • Number of beds:30
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:4 or 1:5
  • Type of patients: orthopedic general, orthopaedic total joint, trauma, medicine
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, nurses aides, unit desk clerks, and a clinical nurse educator
  • Shift availability:8-hour shifts, 12-hour shifts, 8 and 12-hour shifts
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, Professional Practice Council, Nursing Retention and Communication Council

Operations Manager: Patrice Debach, RN, BSN

Orthopaedic Surgery Outpatient Clinic, Abigail Geisinger Clinic 4

  • Services offered: assessment and treament of orthopaedic conditions including fractures, musculoskeletal ailment, disease/deformity of spine, hand problems, sport medicine, arthroscropy, bone tumors, problems of the diabetic foot, orthopaedic trauma, foot and ankle problems, care of the patient with an amputation, pediatric orthopaedics and adult joint reconstruction.
  • Clinical make-up: RN clinical coordinator, RNs, nurse specialists, LPNs, clinic technicians, and cast technicians
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts, ranging from 7-330, 8-430, and 9-530 5 days per week.
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council