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RN – COVID Surge – Travel to all Hospitals ($50/hour)

  • Job ID: 2100003K
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: Corporate Health Services
  • Department: 81594 PAG00 Sys Nur Res Ops SWAT
  • Location: , Greenville PA
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $50 to $50 / hour


We are in need for RNs to join our COVID-19 Crisis Response Team!! Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of patients’ and their loved ones? If so, come join our UPMC family as a SWAT ("Supplemental Work and Transition") RN!

The System Nursing Resources (SNR) team, part of UPMC Corporate Services, is actively seeking med-surg/stepdown, telemetry, multi-specialty, acute care, ICU/CCU RN's interested in being a healthcare hero who helps our communities during the global pandemic. This position offers an opportunity to have direct impact on saving and enriching patient lives while working alongside some of the brightest, most dedicated healthcare champions in the world.  While on exciting assignments across UPMC facilities, our nurses gain rare, impressive, and highly desirable professional experiences and build widely varied skill sets.  

The SWAT nurse role is utilized to provide clinical support to clinical areas throughout all UPMC facilities that have a high need for supplemental staffing. The SWAT nurse has the authority, responsibility, and shift accountability for the delivery of nursing care through the use of the nursing process. The SWAT nurse, in collaboration with other health care professionals, applies competent clinical knowledge and skills to achieve quality care outcomes.  This role provides:


  • Opportunity to experience all hospitals and units across the UPMC system based on critical needs as defined by the Center for Nursing Excellence during this 3-month period. Essential to broadening your nursing network!
  • Flexibility for changing unit assignments (4-hour, 8-hour, and 12-hour increments) based on hospital need. 


External hires to the Surge SWAT RN program can be made on a temporary basis or permanent basis based on candidate preference. Those selected will have the opportunity to continue employment within the UPMC system, contingent upon performance. For internal candidates, this could be a return to current role and for external candidates this could be joining our SWAT nursing team or another role within the UPMC system based on position availability.

Those in this role will receive an increased compensation at $50.00/hr (with an additional $1-3 an hour in shift differential) and may be eligible for extra shift bonuses if worked beyond 80 hours bi-weeklyThose interested in coming into this role in a permanent capacity, will receive full-time benefits.

This opportunity also includes:

  • Meal reimbursement
  • If hotel accommodations are needed, they will be arranged by the facility or reimbursed back (Assignment/travel must be 60 miles or more from home address to qualify for overnight accommodations).
  • Mileage reimbursement to any facility greater than 30 miles from your home address
  • Shifts are rotating but you may elect to work straight nights if that is your preference. 

Want to learn more about what a SWAT nurse does and the advantages this career path offers?  To learn more, check out our SWAT RN nursing blog from someone who loves their position. Our nurses experience the wide variety of hospitals and patient care specialties we offer which may lead to an amazing future position/career.


  • Assume the responsibility of charge nurse as needed when staffing requires an experienced staff nurse.
  • Collaborate with physician and care team to ensure quality patient care.
  • Communicate patient's condition to physician and other key members of the health care team.
  • Comply with established medication use policies.
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • Contribute to the universal unit activities, including but not limited to responding to call lights and telephone, passing meal trays and patient transports.
  • Coordinate, provide, and evaluate patient/family education.
  • Document in the medical record according to established procedures.
  • Ensure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department, i.e., Maintenance or Biomedical Engineering.
  • Function independently with one day orientation, unless otherwise specified. Maintain critical thinking skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities as related to various aspects of patient care. Cultivate professional relationships and communication in the clinical environment.
  • Prior to performing new or challenging skills, requests assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures.
  • Communicate educational needs when necessary. Maintain contact availability for schedule changes when needed. Must be flexible in scheduling to the requirements of the unit assigned.
  • Provide basic psychosocial support and counseling.
  • Respond to emergent situations and initiates appropriate actions.


  • Demonstrated competence in professional nursing practice. 
  • Two years nursing experience required. 
  • Must be able to pass all UPMC required testing for Registered Nurses. 
  • SWAT Nurses must agree to be available to work 80 hours in a bi-weekly pay period, including but not limited to: day, night, weekend and holiday shifts. SWAT nurses will be willing and able to report for work at all UPMC facilities.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire. NIH/NIHSS required within 60 days of hire.

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Certified National Institute of Health Stroke or National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Certification
  • Registered Nurse

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