Job Description

Job Title: Registered Nurse - Surgical Trauma Stepdown
Job ID: 739186
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 7a-7p/7p-7a rotation with call prn
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Surgical PCU
Location: , Altoona PA



This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus!  Whether you’re a recent Graduate Nurse looking to launch your nursing career, or a seasoned RN seeking a change, now is your moment to find your place at UPMC!


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

  • $10,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years of experience

  • $5,000 sign-on bonus available for Graduate Nurses and nurses with less than two years of experience


    *Part Time status positions are also eligible for sign-on bonus at a prorated amount - $5,000 for experienced nurses with over 2 years of experience, and $2,500 for GNs and nurses with less than 2 years of experience


    GN level candidate starting rate - $24.35 (BSN $25.35)
    Experienced RN starting rate -  starting rate commensurate with experience (BSN differential: $1.00)

    When you are ready to take your career to the next level, UPMC Altoona has a RN Career Ladder, which allows you to enhance your practice and receive additional compensation!  Ask your recruiter for details!

Registered Nurse

.9 FT 7a-7p/7p-7a with rotation and call prn (36 hours/week)

6E – Surgical Trauma Stepdown

Union position: SEIU

Posted: 11/09/2018


Surgical Progressive Care (SPCU) 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. Surgical Progressive Care 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 for registered nurses who enjoy 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. 



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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 Departments orientation program and probationary period.  
    • Must complete NIHSS education prior to end of orientation period, if required. 
    • Experience Required: None, RN experience preferred.  
    • RNC or CCRN is preferred for STICU and SPCU within two years. 
    • ACLS preferred, BLS required.  
    • Must complete the Trauma Nurse Course within one year of hire
    • Must attend Trauma Symposium yearly. 
    • Must maintain eight Stroke and six trauma competencies per year
    • Telemetry and or Critical care experience preferred.

    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 / hour

    Union Position: Yes

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