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Programmatic Nurse Specialist - Dialysis


UPMC Shadyside, a magnet designated facility, is currently hiring a Regular, Full-Time Programmatic Nurse Specialist (PNS) to support the Dialysis service line that spreads across three pods of staff that work at 7 Allegheny County UPMC Hospitals. The PNS will be responsible for working directly with the three clinicians that oversee the three pods.  Responsibilities include orientation of new dialysis nurses and hemodialysis techs, writing and reviewing hemodialysis policies and procedures, and developing competencies. The PNS will also support the develop of dialysis and staff nurses providing peritoneal dialysis through classroom education, competencies, policy and procedures. The PNS will support the continual renal replacement by working with the vendor, scheduling classes and overseeing competencies for ICU nurses. The PNS is involved with supporting staff nurses with project development for advancement and certification. The PNS in the position will work mostly Monday-Friday, daylight hours with some off-shift and weekend requirements.If this sounds like a great fit for you, we encourage you to apply today!

Purpose: 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.


  • 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 expectationsConveys 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 messageRole models professional communication and encourages free exchange of ideas that serves as a catalyst for transformationPerform related duties as required
  • Receive feedback and direction constructivelyServe 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 specialtyParticipate in self-reviewImprove 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 goalsParticipate in professional and community organizationsSupports educational needs assessments Present regionally and nationally in oral and written formatsMentors 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 organizationResponsible 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 improvementsActs 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 staffSuggests and leads changes within the organizationChairs service line or hospital-based committeesParticipates in professional organizationsTakes a leading role in major hospital-wide projectsAssume responsibility for complex assignments and view problems as challengesChairs service line/hospital wide committeesDevelops relationships with service/specialty physicians and other disciplines to promote and proactively instruct nursing personnel on newer therapies and procedures to enhance nursing care deliveryLeads healthcare team conferences
  • Provides teaching and skill development to staff to ensure response to emergent situations and initiation of appropriate actionsDevelops, coordinates and evaluates patient/family specialty educationDevelops policy and practices relative to patient care and hospital related informationAssists staff members in their ability to work in a timely and efficient mannerAnalyzes and disseminates current medical and nursing literature for utilization in the expansion and improvement of patient care outcomesSeeks out appropriate healthcare team interventionCommunicates 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 outcomesWorks collaboratively with medical team to develop evidence based care delivery models and protocolsIdentifies 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 interestFacilitates/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 planningDevelops 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/populationThrough service line/specialty population, monitor and evaluate length of staff, readmission, return to ICU and system processes and throughput to improve patient outcomes and satisfactionModels excellence in practice by acting as a facilitator and innovator for state-of-the art patient careCollaborates with interdisciplinary team to ensure the appropriate use of care delivery protocolsServes 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 is required.
    • If Master’s in related field is held, then a BSN is required.
    •  Doctorate preferred. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of clinical experience is required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant clinical specialty (Dialysis) experience is required. 
  • Classroom teaching expereince is preferred. 
  • Quality Imprvement expereince is prefered. 
  • Leadership and project management experience preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse license.
  • UPMC approved certification required
  • CPR 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)
  • Act 34

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