New Graduate Nursing Job Opportunities in PA (2024)

As a graduate nurse at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), you'll work alongside highly experienced and committed colleagues and enjoy the latest innovations in health care technology. You’ll join a renowned team of caregivers as wefurther our mission to heal, comfort and care for the people of our community by providing advanced and compassionate health care of superior quality and value supported by education and clinical research.

If you have a passion for education and continuing to learn new skills, LVHN is a great place to spend your entire career. We offer numerous pathways for advancement for professional nurses to build on and enhance patient care skills while providing the best in compassionate, evidence-based care to patients. We also offer support for specialty certifications in some areas.

Learn from knowledgeable, experienced educators and preceptors and apply your skills in a specialized clinical setting.

As a graduate nurse, you can explore opportunities in the following specialties:

Medical-surgical care

Critical care

Progressive care

Emergency care

Inpatient rehabilitation

Women's and children's

Behavioral health

Medical-surgical care

Medical-surgical nursing is the largest nursing specialty in the United States and at LVHN. Medical-surgical nurses have advanced organizational, prioritization, assessment and communication skills and are leaders in coordinating care among the interprofessional health care team. Graduate nurses entering theMedical-Surgical Internship at LVHNwill receive specialty training related to medical-surgical nursing. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s medical-surgical patient. Graduate nurses enjoy the exciting medical-surgical workshop that features engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. A game-based learning experience concludes the workshop. Nurses need to quickly navigate out of the medical-surgical patient room in this “escape room” game because the fastest team wins the prize!

At LVHN, medical-surgical care opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

  • Cardiac care
  • Cancer care
  • Trauma
  • Neuroscience
  • Hospice care
  • Telemetry
  • Vascular surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Gastroenterology (GI) surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Transplant
  • Complex medical care

Medical-surgical roles are available at these locations:

  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, located in Allentown, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, located in Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hecktown Oaks, located in Easton, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton, located in Hazleton, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill, located in Pottsville, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, located in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Carbon, located inLehighton, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Dickson City, located inDickson City,Pa.

Critical care

Critical care nurses care for patients who are very sick and face complex, life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Graduate nurses entering theCritical Care Internship at LVHNwill receive specialty education related to critical care nursing. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s critical care patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting critical care nursing workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. Graduate nurses benefit from game-based learning and collaborative teaching from various members of the health care team, including diabetes educators, stroke clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and more. LVHN’s critical care internship prepares graduate nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training needed to provide high-quality, evidence-based critical nursing care.

At LVHN, critical care opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

  • Cardiac care
  • Open-heart care
  • Trauma
  • Neurosurgery
  • Burn care

Critical care roles are available at these locations:

  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, located in Allentown, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, located in Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton, located in Hazleton, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill, located in Pottsville, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, located in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Carbon, located in Lehighton, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Dickson City, located in Dickson City, Pa.

Progressive care

Progressive care nurses care for patients who face complex injury or illness.Often the patient’s illness has a primary or underlying cardiac focus. Progressive care nurses have advanced organizational, prioritization, assessment and communication skills and are leaders in coordinating care among the interprofessional health care team. Graduate nurses entering theProgressive Care Internship at LVHNwill receive specialty education related to progressive care/critical care nursing. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s progressive care patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting progressive care nursing workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. Graduate nurses benefit from game-based learning and collaborative teaching from various members of the health care team, including diabetes educators, stroke clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and more. LVHN’s progressive care internship prepares graduate nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training needed to provide high-quality, evidence-based progressive/critical care nursing care.

At LVHN, progressive care opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

  • Cardiac care
  • Open-heart care
  • Complex medical care

Progressive care roles are available at these locations:

  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, located in Allentown, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, located in Bethlehem, PA
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, located in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Emergency care

Every second counts when stabilizing patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Graduate nurses entering theEmergency Department Internship at LVHNwill receive education related to their specialty of hire. A variety of learning methodologies are used to cater to every learning style. This specialty internship includes interactive lessons that focus on caring for today’s emergency patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulations. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together and individually in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. This internship is taught by qualified emergency nurses, flight nurses, critical care nurses, diabetes educators, trauma nurse experts, burn nurse experts, stroke clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists and other specialists. The emergency department internship prepares graduate nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training needed to provide high-quality, evidence-based interventions required for emergency nursing care.

Emergency care roles are available at these locations:

  • Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
  • Breidegam Family Children’s ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
  • Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hecktown Oaks
  • Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street
  • Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton
  • Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono Mattioli Emergency Center
  • Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Carbon
  • Emergency Room at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Dickson City

Inpatient rehabilitation

Rehabilitation nurses work with patients soon after the onset of a disabling injury or chronic illness. They restore function so patients have freedom and independence again. Rehab nurses are collaborators, educators, care coordinators, advocates and change agents. They work with other caregivers to create comprehensive care plans based on patient goals and maximum potential.

Rehabilitation roles are available at these locations:

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Cedar Crest
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Muhlenberg
  • Gunderson Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Hazleton
  • Stine Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Schuylkill
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Center–Pocono

Women’s and children’s

Nurses in women’s and children’s specialties focus on the care of women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth, and the care of their newborn children up to age 18. This specialty covers labor and delivery, mother-baby, perinatal, neonatal intensive care, pediatric emergency care, pediatric intensive care and pediatric units. Graduate nurses entering theWomen’s and Children’s Internship at LVHNwill receive training related to their specialty of hire. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s obstetrical, newborn or pediatric patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. Graduate nurses benefit from game-based learning and collaborative teaching from various members of the health care team, including respiratory therapists, lactation consultants, diabetes educators and more.

At LVHN, women’s and children’s opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

  • Labor and delivery unit
  • Perinatal unit
  • Mother baby unit
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Inpatient pediatrics
  • Pediatric emergency care

Women’s and children’s roles are available at these locations:

  • Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital
  • Family Birth and Newborn Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
  • Family Birth and Newborn Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
  • Family Birth and Newborn Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill
  • Family Birth and Newborn Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton
  • Family Birth and Newborn Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono
  • Breidegam Family Children’s ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
  • Inpatient Pediatric Unit at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, located at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
  • Jeffrey Paul and Grace Kathryn Feather PICU at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, locatedat Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
  • Level IV NICU at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, located at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
  • Level III NICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono
  • Level II NICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Carbon
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Dickson City

Behavioral health

Behavioral health nurses assess and care for a person’s mental and behavioral health needs. Areas of specialty can include adolescent, adult and senior behavioral health nursing.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg provides inpatient behavioral health servicesin theBehavioral Health Science Center. These programs provide short-term crisis stabilization for adults or adolescents (age 12-18) until they can safely receive care in an outpatient setting.

  • Adult Behavioral Health Services–Muhlenberg
  • Adolescent Behavioral Health Services–Muhlenberg

Inpatient behavioral health services for adults, seniors and adolescents also are provided at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street.

  • Adult Behavioral Health Services–Schuylkill
  • Senior Behavioral Health Services–Schuylkill
  • Adolescent Behavioral Health Services–Schuylkill

Inpatient behavioral health services also are provided at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono. This program provides short-term crises stabilization for adults.

  • Adult Behavioral Health Services–Pocono

New graduate opportunities

LVHN offers newly licensed nurses the opportunity to complete ourANCC Accredited Nurse Residency Program. LVHN’s Nurse Residency Program is the first nurse residency program in Pennsylvania to receive “Accreditation with Distinction” from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Our 12-month program provides an opportunity to receive focused professional development and build on what was taught in school. LVHN’s nurse residency program addresses many challenges faced by newly licensed nurses when they enter their first professional experience. The program helps new nurses confidently transition from student to nurse, identifies and addresses gaps in clinical knowledge, enhances clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills, and fosters continuous professional growth and development.

Contact us

If you have questions about a nursing career with LVHN or want to learn more, contact:

Kelly Cunningham, Kelly_A.Cunningham@lvhn.org

Jeanine Delucca, Jeanine.Delucca@lvhn.org

Rachel Daniel, Rachel_A.Daniel@lvhn.org

Application Timeline

When should I apply?

Graduate nurse opportunities are offered year-round, so it is never too late to apply at LVHN. You can apply as early as the end of your junior year or the beginning of your senior year. If you are graduating in May, you should submit your application by April. This allows time for you to complete the interview process for a position starting in June.

What should I include in my application?

You should include clinical experience and any additional experience relevant to the position you are seeking. For clinical experience, include the type(s) of rotation(s) and number of hours you have completed. In your personal summary, which should appear at the top of your resume, remember to include your goal for pursuing a nursing career with LVHN. If you would prefer to work at a specific LVHN hospital, include that in your personal summary as well.

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