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Programmatic Nurse Specialist - UPMC Mercy Stroke Program

  • Job ID: 724115520
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Mercy
  • Department: Ctr for Nurse_Patient Ed
  • Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $35.66 to $60.38 / hour


Are you looking to take the next step in your nursing career? Do you have a passion in stroke? UPMC Mercy is seeking an experienced nurse to bring their skills to our team and is currently hiring a regular full-time Programmatic Nurse Specialist! 

This position will primarily work Monday through Friday daylight hours, with occasional evening or weekend requirements.

The nurse in this position will be the leader responsible for the UPMC Mercy Stroke Program, in coordination with the UPMC Mercy Stroke Institute. They will be responsible for the coordination of performance improvement efforts, and serve as a leader in nursing care of the stroke patient. They will maintain awareness of regulatory requirements and ensure organizational compliance. In addition, they will serve as the coordinator of community outreach activities in collaboration with other disciplines in organizing outreach efforts. 
The Programmatic Nurse Specialist is a professional registered nurse who has the authority, responsibility and accountability for delivery of nursing care through the use of the nursing process. In collaboration with the health care team, the Programmatic Nurse Specialist applies expert clinical knowledge and skills to achieve quality patient outcomes.


  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication
  • Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens first, creates transparency in communications, confronts reality, and clarifies expectations
  • 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
  • Role models professional communication and encourages free exchange of ideas that serves as a catalyst for transformation
  • Perform related duties as required
  • Receive feedback and direction constructively
  • Serve as a formal and informal mentor for new staff members and mentor new preceptors to be successful in their role.
  • Serve as a resource/consultant for patients, nursing staff and other disciplines in area of specialty
  • Participate in self-review
  • Improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs.
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative, work independently, and establish priorities to meet department and organizational goals
  • Participate in professional and community organizations
  • Supports educational needs assessments
  • Present regionally and nationally in oral and written formats
  • Mentors others in professional skill development (coaching, feedback, crucial conversations, etc.)
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department and organization
  • Responsible for guiding staff nurses to understand how to develop a plan of care that includes mutual and established goals with patient/family
  • Assesses the need for an implements system or process improvements
  • Acts as a change agent to design, facilitate, monitor and evaluate program improvement initiatives
  • As the expert clinician, is accountable and responsible for sharing that expertise with the nursing staff
  • Suggests and leads changes within the organization
  • Chairs service line or hospital-based committees
  • Participates in professional organizations
  • Takes a leading role in major hospital-wide projects
  • Assume responsibility for complex assignments and view problems as challenges
  • Chairs service line/hospital wide committees
  • Develops relationships with service/specialty physicians and other disciplines to promote and proactively instruct nursing personnel on newer therapies and procedures to enhance nursing care delivery
  • Leads healthcare team conferences
  • Provides teaching and skill development to staff to ensure response to emergent situations and initiation of appropriate actions
  • Develops, coordinates and evaluates patient/family specialty education
  • Develops policy and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information
  • Assists staff members in their ability to work in a timely and efficient manner
  • Analyzes and disseminates current medical and nursing literature for utilization in the expansion and improvement of patient care outcomes
  • Seeks out appropriate healthcare team intervention
  • Communicates and rounds with interdisciplinary team to establish professional rapport and support plan of care
  • Actively participates in department or practice-specific quality improvement efforts 
  • Assess the need for an implement an evidence based system or process improvement to meet care delivery protocol outcomes
  • Works collaboratively with medical team to develop evidence based care delivery models and protocols
  • Identifies opportunity for quality improvement to colleagues and management 
  • Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care: identifies research issues or articles related to clinical specialty or areas of interest
  • Facilitates/mentors staff for projects/EBP/research activities
  • Promotes best practice dissemination (presentations, publications, etc.)
  • Participate in department-based
  • Performance Improvement projects
  • Utilize nursing process in teaching staff how to manage the care of patients including assessment, interdisciplinary planning, implementation, evaluation of patient care, teaching and discharge planning
  • Develops standards of nursing care and educates nursing staff on standards
  • Collaborates with physician and care team to ensure quality patient care for patients across the service line/population
  • Through service line/specialty population, monitor and evaluate length of staff, readmission, return to ICU and system processes and throughput to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction
  • Models excellence in practice by acting as a facilitator and innovator for state-of-the art patient care
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to ensure the appropriate use of care delivery protocols
  • Serves as a resource to nursing staff, faculty, students and other health care personnel in the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to patient care within specialty/population


  • MSN or Master's in related field; if masters in related field required, BSN required
  • Doctorate preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of clinical experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant clinical specialty experience
  • 3-5 years of stroke experience strongly preferred  
  • Leadership and project management experience preferred
  • Stroke certification preferred
  • Knowledge of the Joint Commission process preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse license.
  • CPR certification required.
  • UPMC approved certification required
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 
  • Registered Nurse (RN) 
  • Act 34 

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