Jacobs Medical Center 4FGH Surgical Oncolocy PCU

Scope of Service/Type of Patients:

This unit services 6 surgical specialties: Surgical Oncology, Colorectal, Gyn/Onc, Urology, Head and Neck, and Solid Organ Transplant.  Our staff have a passion for surgical oncology and are highly engaged in delivering quality driven, passionate care to our patients and their families.  We embrace evidence-based practice implementation and encourage innovation and performance improvement from our staff.  Our unit supports professional development and we are here to support you in your goals and aspirations throughout your nursing career with UC San Diego Health.


La Jolla: Jacobs Medical Center (JMC) 4th floor

Number of Beds:    

  • 36

Specialty Programs/Certifications:

PCU class series, EKG class, ART, Oncology 101, Oncology emergencies.  PCCN/CCRN/OCN/CMSRN certifications preferred.

Who We Are

The nurse manager, Laura Vento, MSN, RN CNL, is a recipient of the 2013 Overall Nurse Leader of the year award and the winner of the Nurse Leader for the year in New Knowledge and Innovations.  Jessica Hanson, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN assistant Nurse Manager was the 2014 Clinical Nurse of the year for Transformational Leadership.  Melissa Callahan, BSN, RN, OCN, assistant Nurse Manager was the 2015 Clinical Nurse of the Year for Empirical Outcomes.  Our staff members are often highlighted in Press Ganey comments from former patients emphasizing the outstanding care they have delivered.

Ideal Candidates

An active CA RN license, 1 or more years of recent RN experience in acute care, med-surg, telemetry or IMU levels of care with oncology, surgical or solid organ transplant patients.  RN's with excellent communication skills, who are solution oriented, flexible, and integrate well with our dynamic team.