Job Description

Job Title: Asst. Clinical Director, CRNA, UPMC St. Margaret
Job ID: 13881206
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, Late Shift and Beeper Coverage
Shift: Day Job
Department: 50556 UPP05 ANES Upmc St Margarets
Location: 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215


See what being an Advanced Practice Provider can do for UPMC and what UPMC can do for Advanced Practice Providers – it’s more than just a job! 

University of Pittsburgh Physicians, Anesthesiology Department at UPMC St. Margaret is hiring a full-time Assistant CRNA Clinical Director for this site. The successful candidate will support primarily clinical, with some management days, 1/10 days. Successor will support beeper coverage, 1/20 days, from home. 
What Can You Bring to UPMC?
• Contribute to UPMC’s mission of Life Changing Medicine
• Set the standards for the level and quality of care for the care delivery team
• Provide patient care activities for a group of patients and their families through the application of independent judgment, communication and collaboration with all team members.
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with physicians, other health care providers, patients and their families, to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the community and to your health care profession

What UPMC Can Do for You:
• A career path that provides you with the right experience to be successful in the position you want to obtain now and, in the future
• Health and welfare benefits like medical, vision, dental, and life and disability, and an exceptional retirement program
• Work life balance to help manage other importance aspects of your life such as: PTO, wellness programs, paid parental leave
• Competitive pay for the work that you do – base pay, merit, and premium pay


A qualified CRNA leader 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 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. Lead and Develop CRNA Staff, where applicable Engage with Clinical CRNA Director in personal growth and CRNA staff growth. Ensure self-development through application of critical thinking skills, analysis of financial and quality data and operational planning/functionality seeking help when applicable with Clinical CRNA Director.
  • The Assistant Clinical Director reports to the Clinical 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 extubation; 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.
  • Actively contributes to planning goals and objectives for the site and assists the site Chief in coordination of activities and programs. Assists with development and implementation of productivity goals by constantly analyzing and adjusting scheduling practices with resource utilization. Assists to develop capital and operational budget. Documents need for changes in staffing/budget and makes recommendations to the anesthesiology leadershipAccountable for labor management as reflected by financial data and provides strategic staffing solutions to offset variances. Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationshipsDemonstrates 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.
  • 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 work schedules and assignments, on-call arrangements, meeting operational needs, and emergency changes in cooperation with staff and collaboration with CRNA Clinical Director. Monitors and facilitates department visitors to ensure the integrity of privacy, clearance, and infection control practices. Maintains compliance and regulatory agency requirements Develops and maintains policy and procedure for the department. Participates in credentialing/OPPE/FPPE verification 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 application. Assists in training and education of students and support personnel where applicable
  • 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, policies and procedures and other corporate mandates, including participation in mandatory training programs. Responsible, 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 workDevelops 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. 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. 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 preferred. Minimum of 3 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 goals. Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Computer skills preferred.  This position is dependent upon successful attainment and maintenance of hospital privileges, if applicable to the Business Unit practice

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 employ upon hire. Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances required.

  • 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/Disability/Veteran


    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: No

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