La Jolla Thornton Progressive Care Unit (PCU)2 West:

Basic description of unit:

As the only academic medical center in San Diego, UC San Diego Medical Center sets the standard for acute care nurses who want to practice at the leading edge.

We are a certified Bariatric Surgical Center.  We take IMU, Tele, Med Surg patients and have 6 IMU capable beds and 18 Telemetry capable beds.

Our telemetry unit treats a variety of medical and surgical patients. We provide nursing care to neurology, surgical oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and medically acute patients. In acute care, nurses partner with physicians to coordinate and individualize patients’ plans of care.


We are located on the 2nd floor of UC San Diego Medical Center in La Jolla

Patient demographics & patient staff ratio’s:

The 27-bed Telemetry Unit specializes in Video-Electroencephalography Monitoring, Cystic Fibrosis, Post-Bariatric Surgery, and Care of the medical patient with chronic disease.

Our nursing staff will take care of 3 to 5 patients at a time.

Our unit collaborates with the Medical-Surgical unit and Bone Marrow Transplant unit sharing and developing novice RNs in our New Graduate Program as well as putting the new grads through the Nurse Residency Program.

Staff mix:

2W has a broad mix of nursing staff. We have new grad nurses with little to no experience to very seasoned nurses who have been working for over 20 years. Our nurses’ educational background varies from ADN to BSN to MSN.

Ideal candidates:

Must have CA RN license, BCLS (BART) and ACLS (ART) and recent acute care experience. We prefer candidates with experience with telemetry monitoring and cardiac rhythm analysis. Shifts are 12 hours. Must be a team player and have good communication skills. Must provide care that is patient and family centered. Must be willing to participate in shared governance councils and committees. Must be committed to contribution and adherence to professional practice that generates quality outcomes. Must be committed to life-long learning and continued professional development. Must be willing to float to other patient care units. 

  • We prefer a PCCN or Medical-surgical certification

Staff/unit recognition and awards

  • Arvin Wico, RN and Agnes Reyna, RN were nominated and received the Daisy Award in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Arvin Wico, RN and Agnes Reyna, RN were nominated and received the Daisy Award