Job Description

Job Title: Staff Nurse - Acute Neurovascular Care Unit
Job ID: 190000U9
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 7AM-7PM;7PM-7AM
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department:
Location: 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Our Level 1 Trauma Center, UPMC Presbyterian, is hiring a full-time Staff Nurse to support our Acute Neurovascular Care Unit. UPMC Presbyterian, located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, is a stroke center for excellence, renowned teaching hospital, and a center for ongoing cutting-edge research.


As a comprehensive stroke center, UPMC Presbyterian has the capability to treat complex stroke patients around-the-clock using groundbreaking technology with the goal of restoring cognitive function.  This growing high acuity unit serves patients with acute strokes receiving tPA and post-neuro interventional procedures. In addition, the Neurovascular Acute Care Unit will see craniotomy patients, post-operative patients, and other patients with acute neurological conditions.


Graduate nurses will have the opportunity to develop their basic nursing skills while advancing their ability to critically think, communicate, and work as a team. The GN will also gain experience in acute neurological assessment and closely collaborating with the physician team to plan the care for patients in this highly specialized area. 

 

In this unit the experienced nurse will be a valued asset. There will be great opportunity for professional growth and advancement both within the neurovascular specialty and in the hospital through the shared governance model.

 

The unit will be staffed to support the acuity of the population with 3 patients per nurse.

 

The unit has full cardiac monitoring capabilities. The unit may also admit patients with other acute neurological conditions and post-operative patients. Nurses working in this department will develop competence in caring for neurological complex patients and will be prepared by attending our critical care nursing course. 


Candidates with 6 months of experience highly preferred. Graduate nurses may be considered; job title and salary will be based upon qualifications and career ladder requirements.


Responsibilities:
  • Actively engages in clinical development and/or RN residency program for new hires. Requests opportunities to learn safe, accountable and autonomous practice from more experienced nurses.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for continuous learning and identifies and creates a plan for the continuation of learning and development. Identifies patient and family needs for education and provides basic education to support the episode of care.  
  • Applies basic nursing knowledge and skills within the framework of Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process to meet the clinical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
  • Learns to incorporate national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction. 
  • Formulates a plan of care and daily goals that consider individual patient needs. 
  • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of research, how it affects practice and who/what resources are available to assist with evidence based practice by asking questions, demonstrating interest, participating in unit-based journal clubs. 
  • Clinical practice demonstrates knowledge of how quality and innovation impacts patient satisfaction, safety, and clinical quality outcomes.

Qualifications

  • Zero to one year of experience. 
  • Completion of UPMC student nurse internship or student clinical transitions course at UPMC preferred BSN preferred.
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.  
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families. 
  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment. Critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care. 
  •  Good clinical judgment.  
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of the nursing process.  
  • Mobility and visual manual dexterity. Physical stamina for frequent walking, standing, lifting and positioning of patients.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse  
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire 
  • Must complete licensure examination within FOUR MONTHS of hire or within one year of graduation, whichever comes first. Though temporary permits are valid for one year from the date of graduation, not one year from issue of permit (or until the results of the examination are known at which time it becomes null and void), UPMC requires that GNs take the licensure examination within 4 months of their start date or they will be terminated or demoted from the GN position, at the discretion of the BU.
  • ACLS within 1 year of employment
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $26.22 to $40.28 / hour

Union Position: No

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