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Senior Professional Staff Nurse - Clinical Decision Unit

  • Job ID: 004781321
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Rotating
  • Facility: UPMC Mercy
  • Department: Clinical Decision Unit
  • Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $29.53 to $47.73 / hour

Description

This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus! If you are an experienced nurse, now is your moment to find your place at UPMC!
 

Sign-On Bonus Details:
$15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with 1 or more years of experience.
Candidates hired into a sign-on bonus eligible role will be asked to make a two-year work commitment.

 

UPMC Mercy is Western Pennsylvania’s only hospital with a combined Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and Comprehensive Burn Center under one roof. UPMC Mercy is also the home of our Rehabilitation Institute, which is one of the of the leading rehabilitation programs in the United States as well as a dedicated Comprehensive Stroke Center as accredited by the Joint and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

 

We are currently hiring a full-time Senior Professional Staff Nurse to support our Clinical Decision Unit!

 

Candidates with two years experience and 2 standard contributions OR a certification and 1 standard contribution are highly preferred. Candidates with less than two years experience and/or without 2 standard contributions OR a certification and 1 standard contribution may be considered; job title and salary will be based upon qualifications and career ladder requirements. 

 

The Clinical Decision Unit is where patients patients from the Emergency Department are placed for 23 hour observation. Our nurses utilize exceptional communication skills to expedite testing and obtain results, as well as consult with the emergency medicine physician; working in the CDU requires quick critical thinking to ensure proper patient disposition.

 

The Professional 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.

 

A Professional 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 Professional 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 Professional Staff Nurse is a valued step in the UPMC nursing career ladder, with opportunities for continued growth and advancement.



Responsibilities:

  • Identifies opportunities for clinical quality as well as workplace improvement.

  • Applies evidence based practice as a regular aspect of professional practice.

  • Serves on or leads teams that launch innovations in patient care or support a healthy workforce.

  • Serves as a role model of professional nursing practice by serving as a recognized unit leader in one or more of the following areas: clinical expertise, teacher, specialized resource nurse, and/or evidence based practice.

  • Consistently gives appropriate feedback to all members of the health care team and participates in the nursing peer review process.

  • Promotes change that enhances the quality of patient care and the unit environment.

  • Serves on teams and leads successful teams as a part of daily practice.

  • Demonstrates highly developed clinical assessment and analytical skills within the context of Relationship Based Care.

  • Actively participates in shared governance at unit level and serves on hospital-wide councils.

  • Demonstrates a passion for developing others, enthusiastically and expertly precepts students, graduate nurses and new hires.

  • Analyzes clinical and behavioral situations, identifying learning opportunities to improve patient care practices.

  • Regularly seeks feedback on performance and applies continuous professional improvement.

  • Supports continuous learning in the clinical area by sharing research, materials from professional organizations, presenting on the unit, supporting journal clubs, etc.

  • Applies the nursing process within the framework of Relationship Based Care to create a healing environment.

  • Formulates daily goals and a plan of care for patients that involves the patient as partner and considers the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner.

  • Practices solid communication skills, and is able to articulate and translate the patient's condition to other care providers and to negotiate and make recommendations for changes in patient care and unit practices.

  • Patient documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers.

  • Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patient care within an episode of care.

  • Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction of the patient experience in daily work.

  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by building healing relationships with patients, families and colleagues.

  • Builds and mends relationships among colleagues within the framework of a healthy workplace.

  • Role models keen cultural awareness including preventing and addressing horizontal violence and impairment.

  • Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life through prioritization and delegation of responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years experience.

  • Candidates with less than two years experience and/or without 2 standard contributions OR a certification and 1 standard contribution may be considered; job title and salary will be based upon qualifications and career ladder requirements. 

  • BSN preferred.

  • Must obtain a Solid/Strong/Good or higher on a Professional Staff Nurse Performance Evaluation to be promoted to this level. 

  • Must maintain a Solid/Strong/Good or higher on annual performance evaluation to maintain status.

  • Annual completion of 2 professional contributions selected from department, hospital or system goals, and approved by Unit Director OR certification and 1 professional contribution selected from department, hospital or system goals, and approved by Unit Director as set forth through UPMC's My Nursing Career Ladder.

    • Certification not required if Master's in nursing or DNP is held.

    • If a BSN is held, a Master's degree in a related field may be substituted in lieu of Certification.

  • 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.

  • Exemplary clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care.

  • 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 licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in practicing state.

  • UPMC approved nursing certification preferred.

  • Annual completion of 2 professional contributions selected from department, hospital or system goals, and approved by your Unit Director OR certification and 1 professional contribution selected from department, hospital or system goals, and approved by your Unit Director as set forth through UPMC's My Nursing Career Ladder.

  • Certification not required if Master's in nursing or DNP is held.

  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire.

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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