Job Description

Job Title: Registered Nurse - Med/Surg Palliative Oncology
Job ID: 644355
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 7p-7a/7a-7p
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: T14 Medical_Surgical
Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601



This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus that has been identified for select nursing positions at UPMC that are accepted by January 19, 2018!  Whether you’re a recent Graduate Nurse looking to launch your nursing career, or a seasoned RN seeking a change, now is your moment to find your place at UPMC!


Sign-On Bonus Details

• $10,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years of experience

• $5,000 sign-on bonus available for Graduate Nurses and nurses with less than two years of experience



Registered Nurse

.9  Fulltime 7a-7p/7p-7a 

T14 Med/Surg Palliative-Oncology

Union position: SEIU

Posted 12/7/2017


UPMC is hiring a .9 fulltime Registered Nurse to help support the Medical/Surgical and Palliative Oncology Unit for its UPMC Altoona Tower 14 location.  As a member of this team, you will provide direct and indirect care to patients utilizing the nursing process. Provides leadership for the nursing team, and contributes to the education of a variety of members of the staff and students.


  • Adheres to universal precautions.

  • Identifies potential problems and initiates appropriate measures.

  • Identifies environmental factors which deter effective patient care, initiates action, and contributes ideas towards resolution.

  • Assessment:

    • Assesses patient and family needs and documents this information appropriately in the computer or on appropriate form.

    • Reassesses patient every eight hours, and, as necessary.

  • Completes annual competency validation activities.

  • Complies with established occupational exposure policies.

  • Demonstrates professionalism in providing patient care.

  • Engages the medical staff and other professionals in discussion of patient care problems resulting in mutually developed plans of care.

  • Evaluation:

    • Revises plan of care, as necessary based on daily evaluation of patient.        

    • Evaluates patient's outcome based on previously defined goals.

    • Evaluates and documents the patient's response to care, teaching, and treatment.

  • Implementation:

    • Utilizes nursing care protocols and standards.

    • Carries out and documents procedures according to Hospital Policy.

    • Performs technical skills safely and accurately, and demonstrates a working knowledge of equipment.

    • Transcribes and implements physicians' orders appropriately.

    • Demonstrates knowledge of the physiological basis for the nursing care delivery.

    • Demonstrates knowledge of medication and IV therapy administration according to policy.

    • Initiates and coordinates health teaching for patients and families/significant other based on individual needs.

  • Maintains proficiency and competency in point of care testing as defined in the evaluation criteria established by the laboratory.

  • Planning:

    • Includes the patient and family/significant other in the formulation of the plan of care.

    • Prioritizes patient's needs appropriately.

    • Plans, conducts, and documents patient care conferences.

    • Maintains a current plan of care for each assigned patient.

    • Utilizes appropriate community agencies and other health care professionals in planning care.

  • Serves as a consultant to other members of the health-care team.

  • Utilizes Bed Management System, Alpha, CPOE, and all other computer systems appropriately.




Education and Formal Training Required:

  • Must hold a current license to practice nursing in the State of Pennsylvania. 

  • Must satisfactorily complete the Nursing Department's orientation program and probationary period. 

  • Must complete NIHSS education prior to end of orientation period, if required. 

  • Experience Required: None, RN experience preferred.

  • Must complete the Trauma Nurse Course within one year of hire.

  • Must maintain eight stroke and six trauma competencies per year.

  • Must attend Trauma Symposium yearly, if required.

  • ACLS preferred, BLS required. 

  • Current proficiency required in skilled initiation and maintenance of IV Therapy preferred.

  • Previous experience required in initiation and maintenance of Intravascular Access devices preferred.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Union Position: Yes

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