La Jolla Emergency Department (ER)

Scope of Service/Type of Patients:

The Emergency Department at UCSD La Jolla provides basic emergency medical services to patients of all ages (neonate to geriatric).  As a basic emergency department we are capable of providing the following: 24 hour comprehensive clinical lab services and diagnostic radiology, angiography, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, access to operating room suites, primary stroke care, regional STEMI center, 24 hour anesthesia service and specialized geriatric and our unique population includes specialized care in oncology, pulmonary hypertension and Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD).


La Jolla: Thornton/Jacobs Medical Center Ground floor

Number of Beds:

  • 32

Training and Specialty Programs:

We offer New Graduate Residency RN programs and a transition RN program for experienced nurses looking to train and work in the ER.  this department offers a variety of specialty programs.  Our senior emergency care unit is dedicated to specialized care and resources for senior patients.  Acute Care at Home is a program that offers alternatives to an inpatient admission for a specific cohort of patients.  We also have an ED Observation program that utilizes clinical protocols with the goal to reduce short stay admission to the inpatient units.

Who We Are

We have a multidisciplinary team environment of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians and administrative partners.  As an academic medical center we have an Emergency Department Residency Training Program.  The department has 24 hour/day attending faculty physician coverage and all attending emergency medicine physicians are board certified/eligible.  All registered nurses are trained in stroke care, STEMI care, Pediatric Advance Lice Support, Advanced Resuscitative Training, CPI and specializes psychiatric care.  All trauma technicians are trained in Basic Life Support and CPI.

The nursing department has many active committees including process improvement, education, safety, disaster and patient satisfaction.  We promote growth and career development of our staff and encourage professional advancement through education and research.  As a Magnet designated facility our environment is one that supports nursing practice and focuses on professional autonomy.

Ideal Candidates

We require a current active CA RN license, ACLS, BCLS and PALS upon hire plus demonstrated nursing clinical skills to identify and implement nursing interventions and evaluate results for emergency room patients.  ER experience is highly desirable but we do off a New Grad RN program and a transition program for nurses looking to train and orient to this unit.  This is a fast-paced team environment and we are looking for applicants with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  We offer flexible schedules and hours to promote a strong work-life balance.