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Staff Nurse - Nights - Neuro Stepdown

Description

UPMC Altoona is hiring a Registered Nurse or Graduate Nurse to help support its 24-bed 7E Neuro Stepdown Unit (Neuro Progressive Care)!  Our Neuro Stepdown team consists of highly trained Registered Nurses, Patient Care Technicians, Unit Secretaries, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists, Case Managers, and Social Workers that are dedicated to patient experience and high-quality care.  The teamwork on this unit is phenomenal and gives our nurses the education, discipline, and experience to work in any other type of unit!

 

This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus!

Sign-On Bonus Details (Full Time or Flex Full Time status)

  • $15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years of experience
  • $10,000 sign-on bonus available for Graduate Nurses and nurses with less than two years of experience
  • If you are eligible for the $10,000 sign-on bonus, then you may be eligible to receive an additional $5,000 student loan repayment bonus!

 

GN level candidate starting rates:

  • $27.56 (BSN)
  • $26.31 (ASN/Diploma in Nursing)

Experienced RN starting rate - starting rate based on rates above + experience

 

Neuro Stepdown is a 24-bed progressive care unit that specializes in the care of stroke and neuro patients.  This unit also cares for patients with pneumonia, CHF, heart disease, and any other issue that needs a monitored step-down bed.  NPCU staff are trained to care for all types of progressive care patients and is the only unit outside of the ICU specially trained to care for post-interventional/diagnostic neurology patients.  Our team works closely with our Stroke Neurologist and Stroke Quality team to ensure all patients receive exceptional care.

 

 As a team member on 7E, you have the ability to self-schedule and work with a leadership team that supports your work/life balance along with your professional growth.  You will provide direct and indirect care to patients utilizing the nursing process, leadership for the nursing team, and contribute to the education of a variety of members of the staff and students. 



Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to universal precautions.
  • Identifies potential problems and initiates appropriate measures.
  • Identifies environmental factors which deter effective patient care, initiates action, and contributes ideas towards resolution.
  • Assessment:  Assesses patient and family needs and documents this information appropriately in the computer or on appropriate form.  Reassesses patient every eight hours, and, as necessary.
  • Completes annual competency validation activities.
  • Complies with established occupational exposure policies.
  • Demonstrates professionalism in providing patient care.
  • Engages the medical staff and other professionals in discussion of patient care problems resulting in mutually developed plans of care.
  • Evaluation:  Revises plan of care, as necessary based on daily evaluation of patient.  Evaluates patient's outcome based on previously defined goals.  Evaluates and documents the patient's response to care, teaching, and treatment.
  • Implementation:  Utilizes nursing care protocols and standards.  Carries out and documents procedures according to Hospital Policy.  Performs technical skills safely and accurately and demonstrates a working knowledge of equipment.  Transcribes and implements physicians' orders appropriately.  Demonstrates knowledge of the physiological basis for the nursing care delivery.  Demonstrates knowledge of medication and IV therapy administration according to policy.  Initiates and coordinates health teaching for patients and families/significant other based on individual needs.
  • Maintains proficiency and competency in point of care testing as defined in the evaluation criteria established by the laboratory.
  • Planning:  Includes the patient and family/significant other in the formulation of the plan of care.  Prioritizes patient's needs appropriately.  Plans, conducts, and documents patient care conferences.  Maintains a current plan of care for each assigned patient.  Utilizes appropriate community agencies and other health care professionals in planning care.
  • Serves as a consultant to other members of the health-care team.
  • Utilizes Bed Management System, Alpha, CPOE, and all other computer systems appropriately.

 

Qualifications

Experience Required:

  • None

Education and Formal Training Required:

  • Must hold a current license to practice nursing in the State of Pennsylvania
  • Must satisfactorily complete the Nursing Department's orientation program and probationary period.
  • Must complete NIHSS education prior to end of orientation period, if required.
  • For all positions in Critical Care: CCRN is required within two years of hire date.
  • ACLS preferred, BLS required. PALS for specific units. 


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • 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)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Certification
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Act 34

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