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Nursing


Do you know that the Commonwealth employs nurses in multiple environments?


    Whether you are providing care for individuals at our facilities, distributing medication to inmates, inspecting nursing facilities, or performing one of the multitude of other tasks performed by our nurses, you are giving back to the citizens of Pennsylvania who need your help the most.  At the same time, because our jobs allow a healthy work/life balance, you will have time to pursue your other interests and return to work ready to face the new day’s challenges.  In addition, because our operations are so diverse, you can grow your career in a variety of nursing settings without changing employers.

     Commonwealth opportunities provide ample room for career growth and advancement.  Many entry-level positions are stepping stones to fulfilling and rewarding careers.  For example, you can start your journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Health Facility Quality Examiner, Community Health Nurse, and move to titles such as Registered Nurse Supervisor, Registered Nurse Instructor, Nurse Manager, and other higher-level opportunities.  Each step along this path comes with additional responsibilities as well as an increase in compensation.  There are many paths like this available within the Commonwealth; you only need to find the one that is right for you.

     We have a great need for the services of qualified, caring nurses at our facilities throughout Pennsylvania.  We also have a need for individuals who are proficient in Spanish.  To get more specific information about our opportunities, you can view our main salary page and realistic job preview videos by clicking the links at the left of the page.  Our realistic job preview videos provide an overview of Commonwealth nursing as well as insight into what it is like to work for the Commonwealth agencies that employ nurses.  You may also be interested to know that the Department of Corrections offers a Nurse Loan Repayment Program for its nurses and that the Department of Public Welfare provides a program to pay for nursing school for certain qualified current employees. 

     To learn more about these careers, view the online version of our Career Opportunities for Nursing Professionals Brochure by clicking on the Nursing Brochures link at the left.  To browse a list of nursing job titles that are currently available for application, visit the Job Seekers listing of currently open Medical and Health Services examination programs.  Keep in mind that this listing changes as new job titles open and others close, so check back often.

     Similar opportunities may exist in local government agencies, and you may apply for many of these jobs through the State Civil Service Commission.  For more information on these agencies and their needs, refer to the local government section of our website.