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Staff Nurse Opportunities – Surgical Progressive Care Unit

  • Job ID: 220002CR
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: various shifts available (days, nights, rotating)
  • Shift:
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Surgical PCU
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: Yes
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour

Description

UPMC Altoona’s Surgical Trauma Stepdown Unit (also referred to as SPCU – Surgical Progressive Care) is hiring full-time Graduate or Registered Nurses to help support this 28-bed surgical, trauma, and cardiopulmonary progressive care unit!  This stepdown unit allows you to work with a variety of high acuity patients and is a perfect place to prepare you for an ICU or trauma career path.

 

Why choose UPMC?

  • Competitive wages, with a BSN differential
  • An incomparable benefit package (found to be 20% higher in value than other healthcare employers in our market!)
  • 100% Tuition Reimbursement for your BSN/MSN degree through approved Universities.
  • Generous vacation accrual
  • Plus, these positions are eligible for a generous sign-on bonus!  (see details below)

 

Sign-On Bonus Details (Full Time or Flex Full Time status)

  • $15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years of experience
  • $10,000 sign-on bonus available for Graduate Nurses and nurses with less than two years of experience
  • If you are eligible for the $10,000 sign-on bonus, then you may be eligible to receive an additional $5,000 student loan repayment bonus!

 

Why is the Surgical Trauma Stepdown Unit a great place to work?

  • According to Jason, Unit Director, MSN, RN: “The team work on SPCU is the best. Everyone supports each other and works together to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. There is a wide variety of patients on this unit which really helps to sharpen your clinical skills and critical thinking. I am very blessed to have the nursing staff that I do. They are so important to the success of the SPCU and I appreciate everything they do every day.”

 

Why did Jason choose UPMC Altoona’s Surgical Trauma Stepdown Unit?

  • “It feels like home. I am honored to be working for such a great company at UPMC Altoona.”

 

More about the unit:

Our Surgical Trauma Stepdown Unit serves the adult population with a wide variety of medical diagnosis, surgical procedures, and trauma injuries. SPCU is the only critical care surgical trauma stepdown unit which specializes in chest tube management and assists with bedside procedures. We are experienced in all types of post-surgical patients with a specialty in cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgeries. SPCU is skilled in complex diagnosis and respiratory compromised situations requiring Bipap/CPAP, high flow oxygenation, and continuous pulse oximetry. We are trained in caring for epidurals and PCA pumps as well as complex IV drips requiring telemetry monitoring.

Our team is recruiting Graduate or Registered nurses who enjoy variety, a fast-paced environment, and multiple learning opportunities!

Qualifications

Experience Required:

  • None
  • Future Graduate Nurses and Registered Nurses are encouraged to apply!

 

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.
  • For all positions in Critical Care: CCRN is required within two years of hire date.  RN-C or CCRN required for SPCU within two years of hire date.
  • ACLS preferred, BLS required. PALS for specific units.
  • Must complete the Trauma Nurse Course within one year of hire.
  • Must maintain six stroke and six trauma competencies per year.
  • Must attend Trauma Symposium yearly. 


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Must obtain one of the eight certifications within two years of hire/transfer:  
    • Acute/Critical Care RN (CCRN) OR Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses OR Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) OR Certified Flight Nurse OR Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse OR Certified Progressive Care Nurse OR Emergency Nursing Pediatric OR Trauma Certified Registered Nurse
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Certification
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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