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Penn State Health Graduate Nurse - Perioperative Orientation Course in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Penn State Health - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Location : US:PA:Hershey

Unit: Perioperative Orientation Course

Work Type : Full Time

FTE : 1.00

Shift : Varied

Hours : Varied hours

Recruiter Contact: Renee Webster at

February, April, July 2024 Start Dates

*$10,000 Sign On Bonus! – eligible to those that qualify*

Penn State Hershey Medical Center is an Academic Medical Center located in Central Pennsylvania. With a four-time Magnet accreditation, Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center offers endless opportunities for Registered Nurses to grow and expand their career.


The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is a full-time RN position that creates a seamless educational transition into the nursing world. This position offers an exceptional experience for new RN graduates to continue to learn and grow in their nursing career while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care to a designated group of patients. Graduate nurse residents are expected to remain full-time on one unit for the entire year of the program, as well as actively participate in all learning opportunities that are offered.

Perioperative Orientation Course

The Perioperative Orientation Course is an educational experience presented through the Penn State School of Nursing. Designed to ease the transition from Gradate Nurse to a professional operating room nurse, the Perioperative Nursing Course is a structured educational program offering training into the challenging specialty of Operating Room nursing. The course begins with eight weeks of basic orientation to Perioperative nursing with didactic and clinical experience in the intra-operative setting. Orientation to all surgical specialties begins the ninth week and continues for approximately seven more months. A trauma nursing course will be provided as well. Working side-by-side with an Operating Room staff nurse preceptor, you will share in the challenges and rewards that occur at our medical center, while enjoying personal growth and skills advancement. Peer support, nurturing and continuous feedback will be provided throughout the experience. After successful completion of the program, you will be offered a full-time position at the Medical Center.


Please include an updated resume with your application.

Interviews for the Graduate Nurse Residency Program are conducted weekly with hiring occurring on a rolling basis.


Graduate Nurse with a Temporary Practice Permit or currently licensed to practice as a registered nurse by State of employment.

Candidates must have graduated within one (1) year of the cohort start date.

AHA BLS prior to end of orientation period.

Please note - Penn State Hershey requires all registered nurses hired after July 1st, 2015 to enroll in a baccalaureate in nursing degree program within six months of their hire date and complete the degree within 4 years of their hire date. (This does not apply if your hire date was prior to June 30th, 2015).


Able to sit occasionally; stand constantly; walk frequently.

Able to lift/carry 0-10 lbs frequently; 11-50 lbs occasionally.

Able to push/pull 0-20 lbs frequently; 21-75 lbs occasionally.

Able to climb occasionally; reach constantly.

Able to use hand for simple/firm grasping.

In addition to a rewarding career, we also offer great benefits including but not limited to:

Paid Time Off and Personal Time

Medical Benefits (No waiting period)

Dental and Vision Benefits

Penn State University Tuition Assistance (Full-Time Employees)

Elder Care/Child Care Resources

Life Insurance

Company Sponsored 401K

This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.

Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, email or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF ( for more detailed steps for assistance.

Union : SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania

Position Graduate Nurse - Perioperative Orientation Course

Location US:PA:Hershey | Registered Nurse | Full Time

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