Job Description

Job Title: Registered Nurse – Progressive/Stepdown Units
Job ID: 190000QB
Status:
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Variable
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Nursing Administration
Location: , Altoona PA

Description

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



Are you a graduate nurse looking for the perfect place to start your nursing career? Are you a Registered Nurse looking for the next step in your professional career? UPMC Altoona is a non-profit, 380 bed, level II trauma center, and stroke certified hospital. UPMC Altoona offers opportunities for both graduate and experienced nurses on our Neuro Progressive Care, Medical Progressive Care, and Surgical Trauma Stepdown Units!

What can a career at UPMC Altoona offer you? UPMC offers competitive pay and benefits, tuition assistance, retirement plan options, work/life needs, and a Career Ladder to help you grow personally, professionally, and financially. For RNs/GNs with less than 6 months of nursing experience, we offer a Graduate Nurse Residency Program which assists you with your transition from nursing school to working as a Registered Nurse.

Apply now and one of our Recruiters will contact you to discuss your interests and our available opportunities!

Purpose:

Provides direct and indirect care to patients utilizing the nursing process. Provides leadership for the nursing team and contributes to the education of a variety of members of the staff and students.

Responsibilities:

  • Engages the medical staff and other professionals in discussion of patient care problems resulting in mutually developed plans of care.
  • Serves as a consultant to other members of the healthcare team.
  • Identifies environmental factors which deter effective patient care, initiates action, and contributes ideas towards resolution.
  • Utilizes Bed Management System, Alpha, CPOE, and all other computer systems appropriately.
  • Complies with established occupational exposure policies.
  • Adheres to universal precautions.
  • Identified potential problems and initiates appropriate measures.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assessment: a. 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.
  • Evaluation: a. 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.

Qualifications

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.
  • For all positions in Critical Care: CCRN is preferred for STICU and SPCU within three years. ACLS preferred, BLS required. PALS for specific units. When assigned to STICU, ICU, T14-Surgical, T11, 5E, SPCU, 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
  • 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. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

GN level candidate starting rate – $24.65 (BSN $25.65)
Experienced RN starting rate – starting rate commensurate with experience (BSN differential: $1.00)

Casual RN positions hold a non-negotiable pay rate of $29.00/hour.

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!

Salary Range: $0 / hour

Union Position: Yes

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