Learn from knowledgeable, experienced educators and preceptors and apply your skills in a specialized clinical setting.

As a graduate nurse at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), you'll work alongside highly experienced and committed colleagues and enjoy the latest innovations in health care technology. You’ll join a renowned team of caregivers as we further our mission to heal, comfort and care for the people of our community by providing advanced and compassionate health care of superior quality and value supported by education and clinical research.

If you have a passion for education and continuing to learn new skills, LVHN is a great place to spend your entire career. We offer numerous pathways for advancement for professional nurses to build on and enhance patient care skills while providing the best in compassionate, evidence-based care to patients. We also offer support for specialty certifications in some areas.

Learn from knowledgeable, experienced educators and preceptors and apply your skills in a specialized clinical setting. 

As a graduate nurse, you can explore opportunities in the following specialties:

Medical-surgical care

Critical care

Progressive care

Emergency care

Inpatient rehabilitation

Women's and children's

Behavioral health

Medical-surgical care 

Medical-surgical nursing is the largest nursing specialty in the United States and at LVHN. Medical-surgical nurses have advanced organizational, prioritization, assessment and communication skills and are leaders in coordinating care among the interprofessional health care team. Graduate nurses entering the Medical-Surgical Internship at LVHN will receive specialty training related to medical-surgical nursing. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s medical-surgical patient. Graduate nurses enjoy the exciting medical-surgical workshop that features engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. A game-based learning experience concludes the workshop. Nurses need to quickly navigate out of the medical-surgical patient room in this “escape room” game because the fastest team wins the prize! 

At LVHN, medical-surgical care opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

Medical-surgical roles are available at these locations:

Critical care

Critical care nurses care for patients who are very sick and face complex, life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Graduate nurses entering the Critical Care Internship at LVHN will receive specialty education related to critical care nursing. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s critical care patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting critical care nursing workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. Graduate nurses benefit from game-based learning and collaborative teaching from various members of the health care team, including diabetes educators, stroke clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and more. LVHN’s critical care internship prepares graduate nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training needed to provide high-quality, evidence-based critical nursing care.

At LVHN, critical care opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

Critical care roles are available at these locations:

Progressive care 

Progressive care nurses care for patients who face complex injury or illness. Often the patient’s illness has a primary or underlying cardiac focus. Progressive care nurses have advanced organizational, prioritization, assessment and communication skills and are leaders in coordinating care among the interprofessional health care team. Graduate nurses entering the Progressive Care Internship at LVHN will receive specialty education related to progressive care/critical care nursing. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s progressive care patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting critical care nursing workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. Graduate nurses benefit from game-based learning and collaborative teaching from various members of the health care team, including diabetes educators, stroke clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and more. LVHN’s progressive care internship prepares graduate nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training needed to provide high-quality, evidence-based progressive/critical care nursing care.

At LVHN, progressive care opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

Progressive care roles are available at these locations:

Emergency care

Every second counts when stabilizing patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Graduate nurses entering the Emergency Department Internship at LVHN will receive education related to their specialty of hire. A variety of learning methodologies are used to cater to every learning style. This specialty internship includes interactive lessons that focus on caring for today’s emergency patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulations. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together and individually in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. This internship is taught by qualified emergency nurses, flight nurses, critical care nurses, diabetes educators, trauma nurse experts, burn nurse experts, stroke clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists and other specialists. The emergency department internship prepares graduate nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training needed to provide high-quality, evidence-based interventions required for emergency nursing care. 

Emergency care roles are available at these locations:

Inpatient rehabilitation 

Rehabilitation nurses work with patients soon after the onset of a disabling injury or chronic illness. They restore function so patients have freedom and independence again. Rehab nurses are collaborators, educators, care coordinators, advocates and change agents. They work with other caregivers to create comprehensive care plans based on patient goals and maximum potential.

Rehabilitation roles are available at these locations:

Women’s and children’s

Nurses in women’s and children’s specialties focus on the care of women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth, and the care of their newborn children up to age 18. This specialty covers labor and delivery, mother-baby, perinatal, neonatal intensive care, pediatric emergency care, pediatric intensive care and pediatric units. Graduate nurses entering the Women’s and Children’s Internship at LVHN will receive training related to their specialty of hire. This specialty internship includes interactive modules that focus on caring for today’s obstetrical, newborn or pediatric patient. Graduate nurses enjoy exciting workshops that feature engaging, expert guest speakers and interactive simulation. Guided by experienced nurse educators, graduate nurses work together in simulation scenarios that utilize high-fidelity mannequins, standardized patients and procedure-specific mannequins to navigate various challenging clinical scenarios. Graduate nurses benefit from game-based learning and collaborative teaching from various members of the health care team, including respiratory therapists, lactation consultants, diabetes educators and more.

At LVHN, women’s and children’s opportunities are available in these specialty areas:

Women’s and children’s roles are available at these locations:

Behavioral health 

Behavioral health nurses assess and care for a person’s mental and behavioral health needs. Areas of specialty can include adolescent, adult and senior behavioral health nursing.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg provides inpatient behavioral health services in the Behavioral Health Science Center. These programs provide short-term crisis stabilization for adults or adolescents (age 12-18) until they can safely receive care in an outpatient setting. 

Inpatient behavioral health services for adults, seniors and adolescents also are provided at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street.

Inpatient behavioral health services also are provided at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono. This program provides short-term crises stabilization for adults.

New graduate opportunities

LVHN offers newly licensed nurses the opportunity to complete our ANCC Accredited Nurse Residency Program. LVHN’s Nurse Residency Program is the first nurse residency program in Pennsylvania to receive “Accreditation with Distinction” from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Our 12-month program provides an opportunity to receive focused professional development and build on what was taught in school. LVHN’s nurse residency program addresses many challenges faced by newly licensed nurses when they enter their first professional experience. The program helps new nurses confidently transition from student to nurse, identifies and address gaps in clinical knowledge, enhances clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills, and fosters continuous professional growth and development. 

Contact us

If you have questions about a nursing career with LVHN or want to learn more, contact:

Kelly Cunningham, Kelly_A.Cunningham@lvhn.org

Jeanine Delucca, Jeanine.Delucca@lvhn.org

Amy Reinhart, Amy.Reinhart@lvhn.org