Thornton 2 West PCU

Thornton 2 West has approximately 60 employees. Over 90% of the RN's have their BSN and 30% have an AACN recognized certification. We are a unique unit that advocates for patient safety and satisfaction through transformational leadership, innovation, and empowerment of the professional nurse.

The PCU (Progressive Care Unit) serves as a stepping stone for those patients who are well enough to leave the ICU, but may still require closer monitoring than that provided on our Medical/Surgical or Telemetry units. We care for a wide variety of patient populations, including but not limited to: patients suffering from traumatic injuries, medicine patients, general surgery patients, bariatric surgery patients, Cystic Fibrosis patients and those with Epilepsy.


La Jolla Thornton Hospital 2nd floor

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Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates are those nurses who put patients and their families at the center of the health care team. We are looking for nurses that exhibit compassion, caring, a commitment to quality evidence based outcomes, a team player, and someone interested in participating in performance improvement projects. We require a CA Rn license and BCLS/ACLS certification along with PCCN certification and prefer NICHE GRN certification. 

Nurses with experience in critical care and/or progressive care, and have supporting documentation regarding their competencies and skills are encouraged to apply.

New Grad Programs

We offer quarterly new graduate training programs. Each new grad participates in a three part program which includes:

  • 12 week preceptorship: new grads are paired with an experienced RN to gain clinical skills and advance critical thinking.
  • Each New Grad RN will attend the Critical Care Intern Program: 12 comprehensive lectures reviewing critical care topics.
  • Nurse Residency Program: this 12 month program is designed to help new grads throughout UC San Diego transition smoothly into their new roles as professional nurses.