Job Description

Job Title: Cardiopulmonary Rehab Nurse
Job ID: 702181
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Weekend Rotation
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Shadyside
Department: Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab
Location: 5230 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232


Are you a caring and compassionate nurse with a passion for cardiology? Is your goal to provide top-notch patient care and make a difference in the lives of your patients? If so, explore this opportunity with us today!


UPMC Shadyside, a Magnet designated facility within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is currently hiring a Regular Full-Time Cardiopulmonary Rehab Nurse to help support the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center located in Shadyside Hospital.  This position will work daylight hours Monday through Friday, 8-12 hour shifts, with rotating weekend coverage.


The Cardiopulmonary Rehab unit specializes in caring for the adult and geriatric population. This position will work in both the  outpatient and inpatient setting. The Cardiopulmonary RN helps exercise, ambulate, educate and provide psycho-social support for patients.

The cardiac rehabilitation nurse is a registered nurse who possesses advanced knowledge and skill in the area of cardiac nursing. The nurse will cover and assist with immediate responsibilities for the daily operations pertaining to the delivery of inpatient and/or out-patient Cardiac Rehab.

The cardiac rehab nurse is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating individual and group exercise and education programs.

Title and salary will be determined based upon education and nursing experience. 

  • Assess condition of patient, takes vitals as necessary watches for change in condition or reactions. Observes and reports changes and or significant incidents to physician and/or manager. Evaluates status of patients and offers support to patient and family. Educates patients and families on treatment plan. Complete evaluation and assessment of patient with accurate and adequate documentation Development and documentation of individualized patient treatment plan, accurate with respect to patient's age and medical history, its implementation and monitoring of progress and modifications as indicated.
  • Develops inpatient discharge plan and/or outpatient discharge plan. Prepares for and responds to emergencies in a manner consistent with department guidelines 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.
  • Conducts, organizes and participates in meetings, inservices and continuing education Upon request by Manager, assists with staff development, special projects and community programs Participates in the Co-Worker Feedback program if asked 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Plays an active role in developing, implementing and gathering outcome data for the annual quality improvement initiative. 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.


  • Minimum of 3 years nursing experience required.  
  • Cardiopulmonary RN experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • ACSM Exercise Specialist Certification or CEP preferred CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Nurse

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

Salary Range: $20.60 to $35.57

Union Position: No

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