Job Description

Job Title: Professional Staff Nurse, BSN - 4 Main - Surgical Oncology
Job ID: 675845
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Shadyside
Department: 4 Main
Location: 5230 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232


UPMC Shadyside, a Magnet designated facility within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is currently hiring a Regular Full-Time Professional Staff Nurse to support the 4 Main unit.


4Main is a 40-bed surgical oncology unit located in the Posner tower within UPMC Shadyside. 4main is a fast-paced, team- oriented unit that works as one cohesive team through care coordination between our nursing staff and nursing assistants. Nurses on 4main are professionally developed through our hands-on leadership support through My Nursing Career Ladder, our Shared Leadership model within UPMC Shadyside, and quality improvement projects.

Surgical oncology nursing encompasses patients who are recovering from post-surgical procedures for the treatment of life-altering cancers. These surgical procedures include cytoreductive (debulking) surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy treatment, whipple procedures, colon resections, liver resections, and other abdominal/rectal procedures. Nurses on 4main are exposed to many different types of tubes and drains that our patients experience in their post-surgical phase. These drains include (but are not limited to) wound vacs, ileostomies, colostomies, feeding tubes, jackson pratt (JP) drains, pigtail catheters, and chest tubes. Patients on 4main require staff members that are highly motivated, encouraging, and driven to provide patients with the best possible experiences and outcomes.

The nursing staff on 4main has cared for not only local patients in the Pittsburgh area, but patients nationally and internationally due to our surgeons’ expertise and in the surgical oncology field. Our nursing staff works closely with our surgical oncology team which is comprised of our physicians, fellow, residents, interns, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to develop our patient’s care plan during their stay on our unit.

4main is a great unit for new graduate nurses to learn how to critically think through complex medical, surgical, and acute patient issues. We also welcome experienced nurses in the medical-surgical field that are looking to expand their knowledge base and learn the specialty of surgical oncology.  

Our RNs work a rotating schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage on the floor.


The Professional Staff Nurse provides highly competent patient care and treatment while demonstrating empathy and a passion for learning. A role that requires independent judgment, fluent communication, and candid partnership, the Professional Staff Nurse establishes relationships with physicians, other care providers, patients, and patients’ families in order to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care.


A Registered Nurse and a member of the care delivery team, you will set the standards for the level and quality of nursing care, and possess authority and accountability for its provision. At all times, you will exemplify a commitment to the community and to the nursing profession.


As a nurse at UPMC, you will find:


·       Competitive wages, with the highest BSN differential in the greater Pittsburgh area

·        An incomparable benefits package, including tuition reimbursement

·       Top clinicians, leading researchers, and the most modern equipment and technology in health care today


The Professional Staff Nurse is a valued step in the UPMC nursing career ladder, with opportunities for continued growth and advancement; Graduate Nurses are encouraged to apply.


Title and salary will be determined based upon education and nursing experience. Six months experience is required for Professional Staff Nurses; Graduate Nurses may be hired at the Staff Nurse level until required experience is obtained (minimum salary for GNs is $25.46 per hour). GNs must be eligible for State Board Licensure.

Graduate Nurses must complete licensure examination within FOUR MONTHS of hire or within one year of graduation, whichever comes first. Though temporary permits are valid for one year from the date of graduation, not one year from issue of permit (or until the results of the examination are known at which time it becomes null and void), UPMC requires that GNs take the licensure examination within 4 months of their start date or they will be terminated or demoted from the GN position, at the discretion of the BU.


  • Applies the nursing process within the framework of Relationship Based Care to create a healing environment. Formulates daily goals and a plan of care for patients that involves the patient as partner and considers the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner.

Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, psychological, and spiritual issues for the patient within an episode of care.

Practices solid communication skills, and is able to articulate and translate the patient's condition to other care providers and to negotiate and make recommendations for changes in patient care and unit practices. Patient documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers.

Creates a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience by building healing relationships with patients, families, and colleagues.

Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system goals to improve patient safety, quality, and satisfaction.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of adult learning principles (and/or teaching children if applicable) and applies in teaching of patients, families, students, and new staff. Provides detailed and appropriate teaching to patients and families to effectively guide them through the episode of care as well as transition to another level of care and/or home.

Creates an environment of open dialogue, inquiry, and continuous development by asking for feedback and improving practice.

Supports the development of students, new staff, and colleagues; may serve as preceptor.

  • Actively participates in department or unit-specific quality improvement efforts. Identifies opportunity for quality improvement to colleagues and management.

Takes personal responsibility in improving patient satisfaction with the quality of care and service.

Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care: identifies research issues or articles related to clinical specialty or areas of interest, discusses opportunities for quality improvement at multidisciplinary rounds, and influences patients' plans of care.

  • Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care.

Actively participates in unit-based shared governance and goal setting, and supports the change and transition process to improve quality of care and the practice environment. Adapts to change and demonstrates flexibility with the change process.

Serves as a highly engaged and full partner on the care team and responds willingly to care team member needs for assistance and partnership.

Participates in work that improves patient care and the professional practice environment.

Communicates with peers and management any safety hazards identified in the workplace.

  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to patients and colleagues.

Demonstrates an understanding of cultural differences and holds peers accountable for healthy relationships.

Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life. Models safe work hours, time management, and healthy lifestyle.


  • Minimum six months experience. 
    • Graduate Nurses that are eligible for the State Board Licensure and Staff Nurses with nursing experience will be considered for this position. Please note that the below salary may vary pending years of experience and education of the selected candidate. Minimum salary for a Graduate Nurse is 25.46 per hour.
  • BSN preferred. 
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families. 
  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment.  
  • Good clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care. 
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of the nursing process. 
  • Mobility and visual manual dexterity. 
  • Physical stamina for frequent walking, standing, lifting and positioning of patients.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
UPMC approved national certification preferred. Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse. 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

Salary Range: $27.21 to $39.11

Union Position: No

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