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Burn Unit

As the only academic medical center in San Diego, UC San Diego Medical Center sets the standard for dedicated professionals who want to practice in this highly specialized field. The UC San Diego Health System Regional Burn Center, an American Burn Association verified Burn Center, at Hillcrest provides comprehensive burn services for San Diego and Imperial Counties, and is internationally recognized for burn research and advanced practice. The Center has an ICU, an intermediate unit, and a 24-hour clinic. As the only Burn Center in the region, we provide education and training to first responders and healthcare professionals. The Burn Center also hosts burn support services and activities for burn survivors and their families.


Burn Unit Nurses

BICU/Burn Special Care

Since 1973, the UC San Diego Health System Burn Center has served our communities with state-of-the-art burn care and survivor support for families and friends, provided community education, emergency medical personnel training, and conducted research for the advancement of burn care. 

Scope of Practice

The Burn Center includes eight critical care beds to treat the most seriously burned patients, 10 intermediate beds, and a full-time burn outpatient clinic. There are approximately 400 inpatients, 3,000 burn clinic visits and 2,500 Wound Center patient visits per year. Working in a Burn Center offers staff the opportunity to develop long term relationships with patient and their families. These life long relations are renewed every year at the annual holiday celebration. Learn more about the UC San Diego Health System Burn Center.

Ideal Candidates

For Critical Care Nurses who do well in this field, the fascination is in the details – they like the challenges of critical care nursing with an age range of newborns to geriatric, plus the complexities of wound care and patient/family interaction. Burn nurses have a special aptitude for ongoing education and accepting the fact that burns are a life-long injury. These nurses establish personal relationship with patients and their families and have a positive influence on their lives and attitude towards recovery and rehabilitation. 

New Grad Programs

The Orientation Program is 6 weeks clinical and 6 weeks didactic, followed by a 12 week mentorship program. Orientation is on the day shift. Mentorship will include ongoing education and training opportunities. You will have learning sessions from the Critical Care Program for Burn Specialty in collaboration with the National Burn Association, and opportunities to attend burn support conferences for patients and families. 

Burn Unit NursesUC San Diego Health System Burn Center Community Outreach

Our programs are designed to provide an understanding of burn prevention, care, and treatment. We also offer a support system for adult and pediatric burn survivors, their families and friends. Many of the volunteers for our outreach programs are burn center staff members or burn survivors from the local community. We also receive a great deal of support from our local firefighters and the San Diego Burn Institute. 

Baby Be Safe Program

This program was created to reduce the number of burn injuries to children under the age of four by educating their parents. A staff member from the Burn Center presents a 20-minute information session about keeping babies safe from burns. Parents also receive a prevention packet that includes a hot water thermometer, a refrigerator safety magnet, electrical outlet plugs and fire safety literature. 

Contact Us Now

If you’d like to apply your skills in supporting advanced burn practices and technology to benefit the lives of patients and their families, we’d like to talk with you. Please go to our job website at jobs.ucsd.edu and apply today!