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Penn State Health St. Joseph is a non-profit healthcare network consisting of St. Joseph Medical Center, the Downtown Reading Campus, St. Joseph Medical Group, St. Joseph Physician Hospital Organization and the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation. St. Joseph has national accreditations for its centers of excellence for Chest Pain, Stroke, Heart Failure and Cancer Care, as well as being a Baby-Friendly USA’s Baby-Friendly Designated Birth Facility.

Today, St. Josesph is a center of excellence for professional nursing practice. This is accomplished through a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to patient care and quality outcomes. We are dedicated to the health, education and wellness of the community. The core values that guide us as are: reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.

Nursing Careers

Nursing Careers

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Education and Development

It is our belief that by encouraging and promoting the development and growth of all our nursing staff that we will continue to enhance the patient care experience.

  • Clinical Ladder
    • The ladder is based on Patricia Benner’s Conceptual Model of Excellence.
    • Eligibility includes all full time, part time, and per diem Registered Nurses who function 50% of their work time in clinical patient care.
    • Five levels of achievement with participation eligibility beginning at the completion of one year of service.
  • Tuition Reimbursement for continuing education
  • Specialty Certification
    • Assistance toward obtaining initial certification and a yearly annual award for maintaining a specialty certification

Graduate Nurse Residency

The Quality and Safety education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies define quality and safety competencies for nursing and are reflected in the New Graduate Residency Program curriculum.

Graduate nurses are hired year round and the formal Residency Education begins each November. The program spans 12 months and is composed of monthly meetings to facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse.

Objectives of the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Professional Socialization

  • Summarizes the clinical experiences and challenges of the transition from student to professional nurse.
  • Integrates effectively with both nursing and inter-professional teams to maintain a climate of mutual respect and positive patient outcomes.
  • Builds professional relationships.

Technical Skills/Clinical Reasoning

  • Demonstrates clinical competency.
  • Promotes patient safety in the clinical setting.
  • Analyzes patient data to plan and prioritize patient care.


  • Communicates effectively with patients, family and the professional team.
  • Coordinates patient care with the inter-professional team and the patient/family.
  • Promotes patient safety and patient care quality.
  • Integrates Evidence Based Practice into the clinical setting.

Patient Care Areas

Critical Care

Emergency Department

Maternal Child Health


Operating Room

Surgical Services

About Reading and Berks County, PA

Berks County

The greater Reading area is a diverse community offering fun for all. Located in Berks County, it includes both rural areas as well as the excitement and energy of a city and downtown area. There is an abundance of outdoor activity with hiking, boating, and skiing in the beauty of Berks and its surrounding counties. Locally, there are social opportunities of live concerts, plays, comedians and sporting events at the Santander Center and First Energy Stadium. A short drive away to major metropolitan areas and popular attractions; it’s conveniently located 50 miles from Hershey, 60 miles from Philadelphia, 110 miles from Baltimore, 120 miles from New York City, and 125 miles from Atlantic City. Check out all that the area has to offer by www.visitpaamericana.com.