Job Description

Job Title: Registered Nurse - Medical Progressive Care Unit
Job ID: 671659
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: .9 FT (36 hrs) 7a-7p/7p-7a rotation with call prn
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Medical PCU
Location: , Altoona PA


Registered Nurse

.9 Full Time (36 hrs) 7a-7p/7p-7a rotation with call prn

Medical Progressive Care Unit

Union position: SEIU

Posted: 02/28/2018

UPMC Altoona is hiring a .9 full time Registered Nurse to help support the Medical Progressive Care Unit.  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.


  • 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.
  • Identified potential problems and initiates appropriate measures.
  • Identifies environmental factors which deter effective patient care, initiates action, and contributes ideas towards resolution.
  • 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.
  • Critical Care experience preferred       
  • CCRN required for MPCU within two years of hire date. 
  • ACLS preferred, BLS required, PALS for specific units. 
  • Must maintain eight stroke competencies per year. 

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
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Certification
  • Registered Nurse

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

Salary Range: $0 to $23.75

Union Position: Yes

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