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Staff Nurse - Day/Night - Surgical Progressive Care Unit

  • Job ID: 811925084
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 7am-7pm & 7pm-7am
  • Shift: Rotating
  • 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 (Surgical Progressive) is hiring a Graduate or Registered Nurse 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 including a Career Ladder with advancement opportunities
  • 100% Tuition Reimbursement for your BSN/MSN degree through approved Universities.
  • A generous vacation accrual

 

This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus! 

 

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!

 

Our Surgical Trauma Stepdown Unit (also referred to as SPCU – Surgical Progressive Care) is a dynamic, fast-paced 28 bed surgical, trauma, cardiopulmonary progressive care unit, serving 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 a registered nurse or graduate nurse who enjoys variety, a fast-paced environment, and multiple learning opportunities!

As a member of this team you will provide direct and indirect care to patients utilizing the nursing process, provide leadership for the nursing team, and contribute to the education of a variety of members of the staff and students. 


Responsibilities:

 

  • Implementation:a. Utilizes nursing care protocols and standards.b. Carries out and documents procedures according to Hospital Policy.c. Performs technical skills safely and accurately, and demonstrates a working knowledge of equipment.d. Transcribes and implements physicians' orders appropriately.e. Demonstrates knowledge of the physiological basis for the nursing care delivery.f. Demonstrates knowledge of medication and IV therapy administration according to policy.g. Initiates and coordinates health teaching for patients and families/significant other based on individual needs.
  • Engages the medical staff and other professionals in discussion of patient care problems resulting in mutually developed plans of care.
  • Utilizes Bed Management System, Alpha, CPOE, and all other computer systems appropriately,
  • Assessmenta. Assesses patient and family needs and documents this information appropriately in the computer or on appropriate form.b. Reassesses patient every eight hours, and, as necessary.
  • Planning:a.Includes the patient and family/significant other in the formulation of the plan of care.b. Prioritizes patient's needs appropriately.c. Plans, conducts, and documents patient care conferences.d. Maintains a current plan of care for each assigned patient.e. Utilizes appropriate community agencies and other health care professionals in planning care.
  • Evaluationa.Revises plan of care, as necessary based on daily evaluation of patient.b.Evaluates patient's outcome based on previously defined goals.c.Evaluates and documents the patient's response to care, teaching, and treatment.
  • Adheres to universal precautions.Identified potential problems and initiates appropriate measures.Identifies environmental factors which deter effective patient care, initiates action, and contributes ideas towards resolution.
  • Complies with established occupational exposure policies.
  • Completes annual competency validation activities.
  • Maintains proficiency and competency in point of care testing as defined in the evaluation criteria established by the laboratory.
  • Demonstrates professionalism in providing patient care.
  • Serves as a consultant to other members of the health-care team.

 

Qualifications

Experience Required:

  • None

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.
  • 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:

  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • 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
  • 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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