Hillcrest General Medicine 8th Floor

Scope of Service/Type of Patients:

Located on the 8th Floor, this 29-bed unit specializes in Trauma, Orthopedics, Neuro-Surgery, and General Medical Surgical conditions. This Unit features spacious private and semi-private patient rooms and a redesigned nurses’ station and focuses primarily on orthopedic and neurosurgery patients, all ages,  with knee and hip replacements as our specialty and some med/surg and trauma patients as well.  We use computerized charting and physician order entry, and our Intranet Web site provides instant access to resource information, forms, online CEUs, and much more. As a unit, we participate in patient research, and partner with the Orthopedic unit at Thornton to sponsor the annual BONES (Bonafide Orthopedic Nursing Education Symposium) which is the largest Ortho Nursing Education day in San Diego. Our respect for diversity in the workplace is evidenced by the creation and application of sensitive standards of communication.


Hillcrest: Inpatient Tower 8th floor East/West

Number of Beds:

  • 29

Specialty Programs/Certifications:

New Grads are preceptored by experience nurses who are enthusiastic about teaching.  New Grad orientation is for 12 weeks based on progression.

Who We Are:

8 East/West is a medical surgical unit specializing in serving the general medicine patient population with a 5:1 RN ratio.  The patient care delivery model includes two, 12 hour resource nurses assigned to each side.  Registered Nurses on this unit are experts in caring for individuals within our diverse community.  The entire unit includes both private and semi-private patient rooms.  Close collaboration between our physicians, care coordination, and ancillary departments is an expectation, which helps to advance the quality of patient care and drive outcomes at the unit level. Our unit has a high level of BSN prepared RN's and a high rate of specialty certification along with a low turnover of staff and high patient satisfaction scores.

As a unit our team has participate in many volunteer activities (Community Outreach) including The Heart Walk, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk and the Multiple Sclerosis Walk.

Ideal Candidates:

Ideal candidates are those with an active CA RN license, BCLS (BART), and recent experience as an acute care RN in Ortho/Trauma/Neuro.  Preference is given to those with BSN/MSN degrees and specialty Med-Surg certification.  We look for candidates who are willing to participate or engage in unit meetings, house-wide committees, professional development and be active members of unit and shared governance councils. Professional development, life-long learning and relationship building are key values.