Job Description

Job Title: Professional Staff Nurse - Intensive Care Unit
Job ID: 706442
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Chautauqua WCA
Department: IP ICU 3D
Location: 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown NY 14702

Description

Purpose:
UPMC Chautauqua, a 317-licensed bed hospital, was chartered in 1885 and is Southwestern New York’s largest non- for- profit healthcare provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute rehabilitation services. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, The American Association of Blood Banks, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American College of Radiology, Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), CEO Roundtable on Cancer Gold Standard Employer for 2015, and approved by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).

UPMC Chautauqua at WCA is currently hiring a Full Time Professional Staff Nurse to support the 3D ICU Department.

The Intensive Care Unit is a 15 bed ICU/CCU that focuses on the care of complex medical, surgical, cardiovascular, and neurological patients with life-threatening illness or injuries. The Unit also performs after-hours recovery services for the emergent surgeries as well as specialized procedures including cardioversion and bronchoscopy for outpatients.

The Neuro Stroke Unit is an 8 bed section of the department that partners with the ED and ICU in managing the stroke patient’s care. Neuro/stroke care is growing here at UPMC Chautauqua WCA with the complement of additional neurology resources, increased evidence based education and practice. The Intensive Care Unit team partnered with Specialists-On-Call (SOC) to provide telemedicine services. This is a great service for our patients to have the expertise of neurologists and intensivists without having to transfer to another facility. Consults are provided on either an emergent or routine basis, as ordered by our physicians.

Our team consists of registered nurses with years of critical care experience. They are ACLS and PALS certified and have completed hours of additional education and skills training to maintain their competence in specialized procedures and caring for critically ill patients.

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.


Responsibilities:
  • 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.
  • 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 care 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. Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction.
  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by building healing relationships with patients, families and colleagues.
  • 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, goal setting and supports the change and transition process to improve quality of care and the practice environment. 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. Adapts to change and demonstrates flexibility with the change process.
  • 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. Supports the development of students, new staff and colleagues, may serve as a preceptor. Creates an environment of open dialogue, inquiry and continuous development by asking for feedback and improving practice.
  • 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. Communicates with peers and management any safety hazards identified in the workplace.

Qualifications

  • Minimum six months of RN experience.
  • 1 year RN experience in Med/Surg or ICU preferred.
  • BSN preferred. 
  • Must be able to demonstrate:
    • 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.
    • Knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
    • Ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's 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:
  • BLS within 30 days of Hire/Transfer; CPR within 30 days of Hire/Transfer; ACLS within 1 year of Hire/Transfer
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Current New York licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse. 
  • UPMC approved national certification preferred.

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

Salary Range: $22.55 to $33.33

Union Position: No

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