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Staff Nurse – UPMC Presbyterian ICU Opportunities (Graduate and Experienced Nurses Welcome)


Sign-On Bonus -This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus! If you are a Registered Nurse, now is your moment to find your place at UPMC! Sign-On Bonus Details:

  • $15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over 1 year of experience
  • $10,000 sign-on bonus available for graduate nurses with a graduation date of December 2021 and beyond

UPMC Presbyterian is currently hiring full-time Staff Nurses for our Intensive Care Unit opportunities!

UPMC Presbyterian is our Level 1 Trauma Center located in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. It is a recognized leader in organ transplantation, cardiology, trauma, stroke, and many other medical and surgical specialties. UPMC Presbyterian is renowned teaching hospital and center of ongoing cutting edge research and education. As a nurse at UPMC Presbyterian you will set the standards for quality of nursing care, exemplify a commitment to the community, and lead the way in life changing medicine.  

The following Intensive Care Units are hiring: 
  • The Cardiac ICU is a 10-bed critical care facility primarily caring for adult patients with acute cardiac diseases and conditions.Our patients commonly suffer from conditions including myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, severe heart failure, and life-threatening arrhythmia.
  • The Cardiothoracic ICU is a 20-bed critical care facility specializing in care for adult and geriatric patients recovering from open heart surgery, heart and/or lung transplant, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery.
  • The Neuro ICU is a 20-bed critical care facility serving patients with acute neurologic injuries. We also care for post-op patients following craniotomies for tumor, vascular malformation, and decompression. Our staff performs many procedures including placement of central lines and arterial lines, tracheostomy, bronchoscopy, and ventriculostomy, as well as echocardiography at the bedside.
  • The Medical ICU is a 32-bed critical unit expanding over 4 wings is the largest of Presbyterian’s ICUs. Our patient population includes severe acute respiratory failure, pneumonia, pre and post lung transplants, sepsis, acute renal failure, toxicology, and bariatric patients.
  • The Surgical ICU is an 8-bed critical care facility primarily caring for adult and geriatric patients recovering from general, thoracic, and/or vascular surgeries.
  • The Transplant ICU serves as the sole ICU in the hospital and receiving a wide variety of patients. Most of our patients have received transplanted organs including: kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine, islet cell, or multi-visceral transplants. 
  • The Trauma ICU, 4G, is a 10-bed critical care facility serving patients with acute traumatic and neurologic injuries. We perform many procedures at the bedside, including placement of chest tubes, central and arterial lines, cranial monitoring bolts, tracheostomy, bronchoscopy, and ventriculostomy, as well as echocardiography and exploratory laparotomy.
  • The Trauma General Surgery ICU, 6F/G, is a 22-bed trauma and general surgery unit caring for very high acuity surgical patients as well as victims of severe trauma including blunt force and penetrating injuries. In caring for our patients we utilize ventilators, therapeutic hypothermia, and CVVHD, manage multiple vasopressors and TBI, and perform emergent surgical procedures at the bedside.
All of our intensive care units emphasize teamwork and collaboration between nurses and physicians. In addition, these units are extremely rewarding, and are a great environment for nurses who enjoy critical thinking and decision-making. 
Graduate and experienced nurses will be considered. Job title and salary will be based upon qualifications and career ladder requirements. 
  • Actively engages in clinical development and/or RN residency program for new hires. 
  • Requests opportunities to learn safe, accountable and autonomous practice from more experienced nurses. 
  • Seeks, accepts and utilizes performance feedback from peers, preceptors and unit/department Leaders as a learning opportunity and to improve practice. 
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for continuous learning and identifies and creates a plan for the continuation of learning and development. Identifies patient and family needs for education and provides basic education to support the episode of care. 
  • Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, spiritual issues within the episode of care.
  •  Learns to incorporate national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction.  
  • Demonstrates initiative and seeks formal and informal opportunities to improve clinical practice.  
  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience by building healing relationships with patient, families and colleagues. Identifies ethical situations within patient care or within the workplace and seeks assistance. 
  • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of research, how it affects practice and who/what resources are available to assist with evidence based practice by asking questions, demonstrating interest, participating in unit-based journal clubs. 
  • Clinical practice demonstrates knowledge of how quality and innovation impacts patient satisfaction, safety, and clinical quality outcomes. 
  • Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care.
  • Shows the ability to set priorities and demonstrates an understanding of shared governance and begins participating at the unit level.
  • Begins to demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions.


  • Zero to one year of experience. 
  • Previous Intensive Care Unit experience preferred. 
  • BSN preferred. 
  • Completion of UPMC student nurse internship or student clinical transitions course at UPMC preferred. 
  • 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 patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients 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. 
  • Critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care. 
  • Good clinical judgment. 
  • 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 Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse  
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire 
  • Must complete licensure examination within FOUR MONTHS of hire or within one year of graduation, whichever comes first. Though temporary permits are valid for one year from the date of graduation, not one year from issue of permit (or until the results of the examination are known at which time it becomes null and void), UPMC requires that GNs take the licensure examination within 4 months of their start date or they will be terminated or demoted from the GN position, at the discretion of the BU.
  • ACLS within 1 year of employment
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

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