Nursing at MedStar Harbor Hospital

Nursing at MedStar Harbor Hospital

Nursing at MedStar Harbor Hospital

Evidence Based Practice, Research, Interdisciplinary Model of Care and Relationship Based Care are foundational to the way we deliver care.
A career in nursing offers many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. At MedStar Harbor Hospital, we are committed to ensuring our patient services associates, care associates (CNA) and registered nurses are afforded these opportunities in an environment in which they are respected, challenged, given a voice and treated with the same compassion and loyalty they provide their patients.

Why nurses choose MedStar Harbor Hospital

Every day, MedStar Harbor Hospital’s nearly 300 registered nurses provide high-quality, evidence-based, compassionate care to our patients. They can be found hard at work in our emergency department, inpatient units, and outpatient offices developing relationships with patients and their families, and collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of providers, case managers, and supporting disciplines.

Our nursing team are highly motivated and strive to continue their education by attaining advanced degrees and certifications. You can find them in our community volunteering at vaccination clinics, charitable events, attending and presenting at national and local conferences to gain insights on policies and research at the forefront of patient care advances and innovation.

MedStar Harbor’s nurses are committed to partnering with our patients and their families to deliver excellent health care that makes a difference.

Educational opportunities

Our nurses are a vital part of the patient experience, and we take continuing education very seriously. As a member of MedStar Health, the region's largest health care system, opportunities for a wide variety of CEU courses abound. Additionally, MedStar harbor has instituted a robust scholarship program as well as onsite RN-to-BSN courses with our educational partner, College of Notre Dame.

Whether you are considering or pursuing a career as a registered nurse, a job as a patient services associate or a care associate (CNA) may be a highly beneficial experience. These opportunities offer a rewarding educational experience as you help our patients and work in the field of medicine. Nursing students can apply for a nursing associate certification (CNA) after their first semester of nursing school.

Patient care associate and care associate positions are also excellent opportunities for those who don't want to become a registered nurse, but would still like to work in a clinical setting and positively affect the lives of people every day.

Having a voice

Our nursing staff is the front-line of our workplace home. Who better to keep us informed of the trends, the concerns and the needs of the hospital? Our biannual employee and "pulse" surveys help keep us formally in tune with the needs of our nurses. And in addition, the everyday feedback-the committee participation, the comment in staff meetings, the questions at our all employee town hall sessions, the suggestion to a leader on rounds-these are the voices we hear and the voices to whom we respond.

Competitive job opportunities

At MedStar Harbor Hospital, we know that the nursing team is one of our most valuable assets-and we treat them as such. With competitive salaries, excellent benefits and opportunities for growth in a variety of service lines, MedStar Harbor Hospital nurses appreciate the positive work environment in which they work.

But don't take it from us! In a recent survey, nursing staff at MedStar Harbor noted self-scheduling, job security, work/life support, supervision and work atmosphere as the top five positives of working here. Some additional comments from our staff on what they appreciate about MedStar Harbor:

  • "My strong, caring supervisor."
  • "The great camaraderie and support from team members."
  • "The flexibility of my schedule—it allows me to change my schedule at most times to work around my family's needs." A

Are you interested in a nursing career at MedStar Harbor Hospital? Call 410-350-3566 for more information.

Explore our nursing units

MedStar Harbor Hospital offers a rewarding work environment in a variety of clinical settings from our Joint Commission Certified Heart Failure and Stroke Units to our Baby Friendly Womens & Infants’ Center. You can find a place to fulfil your professional passion at MedStar Harbor Hospital.

  • Emergency Department
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health/Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Womens & Infants’ Center
  • Neonatal Care Unit
  • Same Day Surgery
  • Operating Room
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit
  • Cardiac Telemetry/S3
  • Stroke Telemetry/N4
  • MedSurg Telemetry/S4
  • Behavioral Health/N6 & S6
  • Fetal Assessment
  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • Case Management
  • Utilization Review
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Float Pool
  • Intensive Care Unit

Nursing professional practice model

Our professional practice model is a conceptual framework that represents the delivery of nursing care at MedStar Harbor Hospital.  The patient, family and nurse are the center of everything we do at MedStar Harbor Hospital and are symbolized by the anchor.  They are supported by our inter-disciplinary care team, support services and our community. Our SPIRIT Values represent dedication to Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Teamwork and are the fundamental beliefs that guide our attitudes and actions. Transformational Leadership, Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements, Structural Empowerment and Empirical Outcomes provide a framework to achieve excellence in nursing.  Evidence Based Practice, Research, Interdisciplinary Model of Care and Relationship Based Care are foundational to the way we deliver care.

Our Leadership

 Karen Elliott

Karen Elliott, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer MedStar Harbor Hospital

Franz Vergara

Franz Henryk Vergara, PhD, DNP, MAS, RN, CENP, ONC, CCM
Senior Director of Nursing Operations and Patient Care Services

Amy Bartholomew, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K

Amy Bartholomew, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K
Director, Nursing Practice Innovation & Magnet Program Director