Hillcrest Emergency Department (ER)

We require a current California RN license, CPR and ACLS certification plus demonstrated nursing clinical skills to identify and implement nursing interventions and evaluate results for Emergency Room patients. Related Emergency Room experience highly desirable. In addition to excellent interpersonal and communication skills, you do your best work in a busy team environment.

Scope of Service/Type of Patients:

The Emergency Department at UCSD Hillcrest offers high standard, excellent patient care to a variety of patient demographics ranging from pediatric medicine, adult medicine, and geriatric medicine.  Medical treatment is based upon using evidence based practice and the latest research in academic emergency medicine.. The emergency Department can handle complex medical and surgical patients. Hillcrest is a Level 1 Trauma center, the Regional Burn Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, STEMI receiving center, Hyperbaric center and provides services for the psychiatric patient population.  Hillcrest is also a base station hospital and works closely with San Diego County Emergency Medical Services.  Hillcrest sees approximately 49,000 patients per year.  A multidisciplinary approach in patient care including, faculty physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and case managers are utilized.  EPIC is the EMR in our unit.  the emergency department provides comprehensive emergency services including 24 hour laboratory, surgical, trauma, cardiac, neurology, and radiology diagnostic services.

Several exciting innovations have recently been incorporated into the care of patients in the ED. One is the Stroke Center certification earned by the Neurology Department in collaboration with the ED. Another is the recently incorporated "STEMI" ST elevation MI protocol that allows medics in the field to initiate a cardiology consultation prior to the patient arriving in the ED and UC San Diego Health hospitals. This leads to rapid activation of the Cardiac Catheterization Team.


Hillcrest: Ground Floor    

Number of Beds:

  • 36

Training and Specialty Programs:

All nursing staff receive training in stroke and psychiatric care.  New Graduate RN programs and a transition RN program are available and both sites require specialty training for triage.

Who We Are

As the only academic medical center in San Diego, UC San Diego Health sets the standard for quality care. We have a Level I Trauma designation, a Regional Burn Center, and a JACHO certified Stroke Center.
Are you looking for the “adrenaline rush” that you can only get in emergency nursing? Well, look no more. We offer challenging and rewarding careers for experienced clinical RNs:
  • A diverse patient population with complex conditions requiring sophisticated medical interventions that can only be found in an academic Emergency Department like UC San Diego’s.
  • A multidisciplinary team environment of physicians, nurses, technicians and administrative partners.
  • Flexible schedules – evenings and nights, 12-, 10- and 8-hour shifts in full-time, part-time and per diem positions to accommodate nurses’ busy family commitments.

The Nursing staff of this ED are actively engaged in committees throughout the organization.  We have champions in Sepsis, Stroke, Code Blue, STEMI, Disaster training, and psychiatric care.  Several of our nurses have presented at national conferences on quality improvement projects.  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

All nursing candidates must possess a CA RN license, ACLS, BLS, and PALS upon hire.  BSN prepared nurses preferred with 2 years of emergency department experience.  We are looking for excellent clinicians, who possess a passion for patient care, provide excellent customer services, demonstrate professionalism, show compassion, are team players and have a desire to learn and advance professionally.