Job Description

Job Title: CRNA Clinical Director, UPMC Passavant
Job ID: 10989838
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight
Shift: Day Job
Department: 50501 UPP05 ANES Administration
Location: 3 St Francis Way, Cranberry Township PA 16066


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University of Pittsburgh Physicians, Anesthesiology Department at UPMC Passavant is hiring a CRNA Clinical Director for this site. The successful candidate will support management leadership of CRNA professionals for this site.


A qualified CRNA Clinical Director is responsible for the management of nurse anesthesia and related peri-anesthesia services. Develops and interprets organizational policies for budgets and personnel; assumes responsibility for safe and proper operation and quality control of equipment, techniques, and procedures; and analyzes and evaluates activities to assure established quality patient care. Maintains 24-hour accountability for leading and managing the human resources, clinical, financial, and administrative operations of the department to continuously improve the quality of patient care and create a healthy workplace for staff in collaboration with organizational leadership.


  • Coordinates purchasing of supplies and equipment to maximize efficient utilization. Monitors and approves staff continuing educational requests and assures compliance with receipt collection and documentation. Involves staff and key stakeholders in the development /implementation of a department vision by engaging them in planning, designing, and redesigning change to meet the dynamic changes in healthcare delivery. Provides conflict management resolution when necessary while striving to maintain a healthy work environment. CRNA Clinical Director will be a contributing participant in new innovations and will lead teams to support ongoing improvements.Provides ongoing feedback to staff certified registered nurse anesthetists with formal annual performance review. Is collaborative with key stakeholders. Leads and develops Assistant CRNA Clinical Directors by the application of critical thinking skills, analysis of financial and quality data, and operational planning/ functionality
  • Responsible for work schedules and assignments, on-call arrangements, meeting operational demand, and necessary emergent changes.Monitors and facilitates department visitors to ensure the integrity of privacy, clearance, and infection control practices while maintaining compliance and regulatory agency requirements. Develops and maintains policy and procedure for the department. Participates in credentialing/OPPE/FPPE for employees. Assures that standards of anesthesia care are in place and followed. Promotes interdisciplinary partnership and consultation of hospital staff and health care team through participation in committees and related activities to ensure appropriate anesthesia, surgical, and procedural care for patients and families. Serves as a thought leader expert in peri-anesthesia services. Serves as an educator and expert resource for electronic health record applicationAssists in training and education of students and support personnel where applicable.
  • Actively contributes to planning goals and objectives for the site and assists the site Chief in coordination of activities and programs. Assists the site Chief in promoting and supporting a qualified team of anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists and ancillary personnel.Assists with development and implementation of productivity goals by consistently analyzing data and adjusting scheduling practices with resource utilization. Assists to develop capital and operational budget. Accountable for labor management as reflected by financial data and provides strategic staffing solutions to offset variances.Documents need for changes in staffing/budget and makes recommendations to the anesthesiology leadership. Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships. Demonstrates sound fiscal responsibility in the development and management of the department budget and holds staff accountable for the efficient use of resources including, but not limited to, managing flexible staffing patterns to meet patient care needs.
  • The Clinical CRNA Director reports to Senior CRNA Director and is a working member of the anesthesia department in all aspects related to patient care with other members of the department and assumes all duties of a staff nurse anesthetist. Administers anesthesia and anesthesia-related care in four general categories: (1) pre-anesthetic preparation and evaluation; (2) anesthesia induction, maintenance, and emergence, (3) post-anesthesia care, and (4) peri-anesthesia clinical support functions.Balances Administrative and Clinical Workload in accordance with guidelines provided in Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine CRNA Clinical Director delineation of duties management matrix. Participates in the pre-anesthetic evaluation of the patients and the selection of anesthetic agents and techniques. Performs appropriate techniques of the anesthetic plan such as, but not limited to, insertion of intravenous catheters, insertion of invasive monitoring catheters according to established protocol; endotracheal intubation and extubating; performing arterial punctures for interpretation of arterial blood gases.
  • Monitors the patient's physical response to the anesthetic and informs the physician of any adverse condition. Manages the anesthesia process to include induction, maintenance, and emergence of general, regional, and monitored anesthesia cases. Recognizes abnormal patient responses to anesthesia or to any adjunctive medication or form of therapy. Initiates corrective measures. Determines the need for additional laboratory tests and provides resuscitative care as necessary. Evaluates and manages the patient in the immediate post-operative period. Administers IV fluids relative to the patient's medical history and surgical procedure. Administers blood products after consultation with the supervising physician. Communicates appropriately with all individuals involved in the perioperative care of the patient. Appropriately documents the patient status in the anesthesia record. In a life-threatening emergency, functions responsibly by providing anesthesia care in the absence of an anesthesiologist. Performs other duties as assigned (on-call, rotating schedules, break coverage, etc.).
  • Performs according to established policies, procedures, and regulatory standards and ensure standards are being followed throughout span of control. Review appropriate documentation for informed consent and identify appropriate surgical site with operating room staff and surgeon in accordance with departmental and regulatory compliance standards. Participates in the Quality Improvement (QI) process through case documentation, incident reporting, evaluation, education, and implementation of the QI plan.
  • Interviews, selects, and hires qualified personnel. Participates in the Quality Improvement (QI) process through case documentation, incident reporting, evaluation, education, and implementation of the QI plan. Responsible for completion of payroll /time management in Kronos, with appropriate allocation of pay codes for time taken and leave of absence management in coordination with relevant supporting departmentsCounsels and evaluates personnel and terminates when necessary in accordance with established UPMC Human Resource policies. Assures proper orientation and clinical readiness of new members of the department. Responsible for completion of payroll /time management in Kronos with appropriate allocation of pay codes for time taken and leave of absence management in coordination with relevant supporting departments.
  • Represents nurse anesthesia at hospital committees and functions. Provides supervision to technician staff and administrative assistant staff. Works collaboratively with other hospital departments to ensure efficient operational flow, documentation, and utilization. Sets high standards of performance for self and others by imposing standards of excellence and development of inquiry skills that are innovative, optimistic, and supportive of professional growth. Innovates in staff development, clinical orienting, and continuing education and enhances staff expertise. Actively recruits new staff to the department as needed after evaluating and analyzing operational demands. Facilitates excellent clinical experiences for student nurse anesthetists who rotate through the department to promote recruitment of the best and brightest candidates ensuring the longevity of quality care. Works actively with nurse anesthesia programs to ensure the balance of educational expectations within the framework of UPMC policies and procedures.
  • Collaborates with the department leadership to monitor patient outcomes through the established Quality Improvement process. b. Reviews clinical incidents and responds accordingly through the Just Culture framework. Set clinical quality priorities. Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in the clinical area. Shares learning from improvement with other departments, both within the hospital and across UPMC, to foster the growth of best practice implementation in peri-anesthesia services. Oversees and develops continuing education activities for the department by assessing educational needs and seeking the appropriate learning methodology. Assures annual mandatory education is completed and AANA Continuing Education objectives are met. Supports and encourages the involvement of CRNAs in the development and implementation of evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives Assumes responsibility and is accountable for controlled substances according to department and hospital policy and State and federal guidelines.Abides by UPMC?s Code of Conduct, Ethic Statements, polices and procedures and other corporate mandates, including participation in mandatory training programsResponsible, in collaboration with hospital clinical engineering, for the proper function and troubleshooting of anesthesia-related equipment in the clinical area.
  • Implement employee engagement and quality improvements in relation to the UPMC My Voice and My Pulse surveysExercises strong leadership that clarifies vision and expectations. Creates a culture where CRNAs feel informed and valued for their work. Capable of representing the Department and Hospital in a way that avoids a ?We-They? culture. Works with OR, CRNA and Physician teams to cultivate a culture of dignity and respect, trust and teamwork. Develops and maintains productive working relations internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting positive communication. Resolves and manages conflict effectively and in a timely manner. Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens openly. Cares for patients and self by planning a department work schedule in collaboration with team members that supports safety, appropriate worked hours, and a healthy lifestyle. Conveys information and ideas clearly through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. Coaches staff on cultural diversity and addresses workplace violence and impairment. Creates an environment which recognizes and values differences in staff, physicians, patients, and communities. Counsels and coaches staff to assist them to achieve their highest professional potential. Refers staff to additional resources for support, when indicated.



Graduate of an accredited nurse anesthesia education program Knowledgeable regarding controlled substance policies in accordance with Federal and state laws required. Master's degree or above preferred. Minimum of 5 years of clinical experience in nurse anesthesia. Experience in supervising or managing personnel preferred. Other Qualifications:Ability to understand, lead, and motivate personnel. Ability to organize, and set goalsStrong verbal and written communication skillsComputer skills This position is dependent upon successful attainment and maintenance of hospital privileges.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania required. Board Certified, Recertified or eligible by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists required. Current AHA-approved CPR certification required. AHA-approved ACLS/PALS certifications as required by institution of employment upon hire. Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances required.

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) OR Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

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

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: No

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