Job Description

Job Title: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Physician Assistant – Casual (Altoona, PA)
Job ID: 64778463
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Shift: Day Job
Department: Altoona NICU
Location: , Altoona PA


If you are an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) who loves an upbeat environment, working hands on with patients and their families, then why not consider a job at UPMC?

University of Pittsburgh Physicians is a casual status Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Physician Assistant to help support the Altoona NICU department. The NICU at UPMC Altoona is an 8 bed, level I unit. The unit is being developed into a potential level II unit. UPMC Altoona is a community hospital. On call is not required at this time for this position. Experience in teaching and program development is a plus.

The successful candidate will be placed according to years and months of experience for employment purposes.

• Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures necessary for the care of the patient. Such procedures are carried out in accordance with established protocols and after verifying patient name and birthdate.
• Record and dictate interim, discharge, and transfer summaries.
• Make appropriate referrals in consultation with the attending physician for medical consultations, supportive services and regulatory reporting of patient safety issues.
• Participate in the planning and presentation of continuing education programs for in-house medical and nursing personnel, referral hospital personnel and future RN's and Neonatal CRNP's.
• Serve as a member of Nursing and Medical committees as indicated. Contribute to the body of medical and nursing knowledge through collaborative and independent research and publication.
• Serve as a resource outside the hospital system in areas where his/her expertise can provide a community service.
• Provide support as well as information regarding the infant's condition, progress, and plan for care to parents/family, referring and consulting physician.
• Coordinate plan of care and procedure with the patient's primary nurse.
• Maintain clinical competency and keep informed of current trends and developments in neonatal nursing and related medical progress through continuing education and review of the literature. Participate in Neonatal transports from referral hospital by ground and/or air.
• Perform comprehensive physical assessment of the newborn/infant, order and interpret laboratory, radiographic and clinical data in planning and documenting the course of management and discusses the plan with Neonatology Faculty, Fellows and consultants.
• Participate in determining conditions, resources, and policies basic to sound health care of the high-risk newborn.
• Elicit, record, and interpret a complete health history, including past medical, obstetrical, family and psychosocial aspects.
• Regularly perform high level invasive procedures such as umbilical line placement.
• Initiate emergency evaluation and treatment.


The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the patients served 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 patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.

NNP Level I:
MSN is required - Completion of an Accredited Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Two years level III or level IV NICU Registered Nurse experience is required

NNP Level II:
MSN is required
Completion of an Accredited Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program
Two years level III or level IV NICU NNP experience is required

1 year of APP NICU experience or completion of a neonatology residency program
Graduate of a Physician Assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is required.
BS required, MS preferred

Neonatal PA and NNP Special Skills and Abilities Required:
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 acceptable standards of practice.
Mobility and visual manual dexterity. Physical stamina for frequent walking, standing, lifting and positioning of patients.
This position is dependent upon successful attainment and maintenance of hospital privileges, if applicable to the Business Unit practice.


NNP Level I or II:
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 
Basic Life Support OR Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Act 33
Act 34
Act 73 FBI Clearance

Neonatal PA:
Physician Assistant PA State Licensurer
Basic Life Support OR Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Act 33
Act 73
Act 34

Additional for both Neonatal PA and NNP:
NRP or STABLE required.

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

Salary Range: $0 / hour

Union Position: No

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