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Job Description

Job Title: Staff Nurse - Neuro Progressive Care/Medical ICU Opportunities!
Job ID: 200000KE
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Rotating 12 hour shifts
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Mercy
Department:
Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15218

Description

Located in downtown Pittsburgh, UPMC Mercy is an urban facility full of opportunities for nurses looking to take the next step in their career!

We are hiring full-time Staff Nurses to support our Neuro Progressive Care and Critical Care units!


If your long-term goal is to become a critical care nurse, 10E Progressive Care and 7F Neuro Trauma are great units to build a strong foundation. Working on 10E Progressive Care allows nurses to really hone in on their skills while working in a fast-paced environment. Our 7F Neuro Trauma unit serves as a good introduction to critical care because it consists of both progressive care as well as the Neuro Stepdown unit. Gaining experience on either of these floors better prepares nurses for the transition to our Medical ICU!

  • 10E Progressive Care: A 40-bed, fast-paced medical teaching unit. As a “progressive care” unit, 10E provides care to patients of varying acuity and has the ability to monitor patients’ cardiac status remotely. Our staff sees a patient population requiring medical treatment for a wide variety of issues including neuro, pulmonary, cardiac, endocrine, geriatric, substance abuse and behavioral health.
  • 7F Neuro/Trauma: A 24-bed specialty unit comprised of a 19-bed progressive care area and a 5-bed Neuro Stepdown Unit (NSDU). 7F primarily cares for stroke, neurosurgical patients, and trauma patients with injuries involving the head, neck, or spine. Mercy is a recognized Level 1 Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. RNs are assigned to progressive care or the NSDU by shift, and are expected to float between the two areas.  
  • Medical ICU: A 20 bed critical care unit that serves a wide variety of patients, including the neurological, neurosurgical, trauma, medical, and surgical population. Nurses receive training to care for critical care, stroke and trauma patients, with certifications in BLS, ACLS, and ENLS. Advanced skills utilized include the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale assessment, hemodynamic monitoring, IV insertion, and phlebotomy. Many procedures and interventions are performed at the bedside, including insertion and maintenance of external ventricular drains, endotracheal tubes, tracheostomies, chest tubes, central lines, continuous renal replacement therapy, prone therapy, and induced hypothermia. Critical care physicians, nurses, patient care technicians, case management, social work, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists work collaboratively as the ICU care team to ensure the best care for the patient. MICU RNs also respond to Condition A and C emergencies in the hospital as part of the Rapid Response Team.  


Purpose
The Staff Nurse provides highly competent patient care and treatment while demonstrating empathy and a passion for learning. A role that requires independent judgment, fluent communication, and candid partnership, the Staff Nurse establishes relationships with physicians, other care providers, patients, and patients’ families in order to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care.

As a Staff Nurse and a member of the care delivery team, you will set the standards for the level and quality of nursing care, and possess authority and accountability for its provision. At all times, you will exemplify a commitment to the community and to the nursing profession.

As a Staff Nurse at UPMC, you will find:

  • Competitive wages, with the highest BSN differential in the greater Pittsburgh area
  • An incomparable benefits package, including tuition reimbursement
  • Top clinicians, leading researchers, and the most modern equipment and technology in health care today

The Staff Nurse is a valued step in the UPMC nursing career ladder, with opportunities for continued growth and advancement; Graduate Nurses are encouraged to apply.


Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary from the My Nursing Career Ladder based on their individual experience and education.

Title and salary will be determined based upon education and nursing experience. Six months experience is required for Professional Staff Nurses; Graduate Nurses may be hired at the Staff Nurse level until required experience is obtained (minimum salary for GNs is $26.22/hour) GNs must be eligible for State Board Licensure.


Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team.
  • Begins to demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions.
  • Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace.
  • Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care.
  • Makes recommendations for the improvement of clinical care and the health of the workplace and welcomes and participates in change initiatives.
  • Leads by investing and building healthy relationships among colleagues and other disciplines.
  • Shows the ability to set priorities and demonstrates an understanding of shared governance and begins participating at the unit level.
  • Begins to serve as an engaged member of a team supporting colleagues in service to patients and families and may participate in task forces or other initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Seeks, accepts and utilizes performance feedback from peers, preceptors and unit/department Leaders as a learning opportunity and to improve practice.
  • 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.
  • Seeks professional development and involvement through membership in a professional nursing organization and/or reading professional literature on a regular basis.
  • 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.
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in documentation.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, spiritual issues within the episode of care.
  • 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 initiative and seeks formal and informal opportunities to improve clinical practice.
  • Seeks guidance and asks questions to continuously improve nursing practice.
  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience by building healing relationships with patient, families and colleagues.
  • Identifies ethical situations within patient care or within the workplace and seeks assistance.
  • Professionally accepts assignments that gradually increase patient load and complexity.
  • 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.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement on the clinical area.

Qualifications

  • Zero to one year of experience. Title and salary will be determined based upon education and nursing experience. Six months experience is required for Professional Staff Nurses; Graduate Nurses may be hired at the Staff Nurse level until required experience is obtained (minimum salary for GNs is $26.74/hour) GNs must be eligible for State Board Licensure.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 
  • Registered Nurse (RN) OR Temporary Practice Permit (TPP) 
  • Act 34 

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $26.74 to $37.36 / hour

Union Position: No

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