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Programmatic Nurse Specialist - ED, Trauma, & Sepsis


The Programmatic Nurse Specialist, a professional registered nurse, 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.

The UPMC Presbyterian Emergency Department is a 44 bed ED which sees 55,000 patients a year as the quaternary emergency department for the UPMC System. We are the busiest Level I Trauma Center in the state of Pennsylvania and a TJC-accredited comprehensive stroke center. We serve a diverse population from teens through geriatrics including Trauma, Cardiac, Neurosurgery, ENT, Neurology, Ophthalmology, toxicology, and transplant patients.  Our hands-on management team provides a personalized one-on-one precepted orientation to assist in developing your emergency nursing skills in a fast-paced, energized environment. Educational opportunities are endless in our department as we work closely with our emergency medicine physician colleagues as we strive to fulfill our departmental mission: “To provide excellent, state-of-the-art emergency care while maintaining respect and compassion for our patients and their families.”The Emergency Department Programmatic Nurse Specialist will work in partnership with the emergency department leadership team to support the emergency department nursing staff with staff development and provide education and clinical expertise in the areas of sepsis, emergency, and trauma 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.)
  • 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 Masters 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 Leadership and project management experience 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
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Nurse

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