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High-Acuity Resource Pool Professional Staff Nurse


UPMC St. Margaret Hospital is a 3 Time Magnet ANCC Designated Hospital, we are a 250-bed teaching hospital situated on a 21-acre campus near Aspinwall, PA. We are looking to hire a Full-Time High-Acuity Resource Pool Professional Staff Nurse. 

Sign-On Bonus -This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus! If you are an experienced Registered Nurse, now is the perfect time to become a life-changer at UPMC!  

$15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over one year of experience 

This position will complete orientation and rotate primarily on the following units: 6B, 3B, ICU, ED, and nursing support services. 

Requirements include all Resource Pool RN requirements, BAC, ACLS, and PALS. 

3B - 3B Stepdown is an acuity adaptable, fast-paced 34-bed telemetry Step Down unit that serves the needs of critically ill patients from admission through discharge. The patient population is medical patients who require a higher level of cardiac monitoring than can be achieved with flex monitoring on a Medical-Surgical floor, but who do not require ICU care. 

6B – 6B is a 34-bed medical/surgical unit that provides care to adult and geriatric patients with a focus on pre and post-surgical patients.  We also have stepdown beds available on this unit. We provide care to a full range of general adult medical diagnoses, but our primary specialties are general surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, ENT, GYN, urologic surgery, and plastic surgery 

ICU- The Intensive Care Unit is a 7-bed Medical-Surgical ICU that cares for the critically ill.  nursing care is provided to patients who are critically ill, cardiac compromised, or clinically unstable.  The services provided encompass all medical and surgical needs of critically ill patients including but not limited to hemodynamic and cardiac monitoring, continuous renal replacement therapy, and patients requiring specialized medications. 

ED-   UPMC St. Margaret is a 24 hour- 7 day a week community Emergency Department.  The unit has 26 beds, along with an 8-bed holding area. SMH is a certified (AHA) primary stroke center and specializes in orthopedics.  The average nurse to patient ratio is 4:1. The ED sees a variety of medical emergencies, including chest pain, shortness of breath, stroke symptoms, orthopedic emergencies, abdominal pain, and minor trauma. Our scope of service includes patients of all ages. 

Support Services: This includes any role that may support the Nursing need at UPMC St. Margaret including but not limited to Team nursing assignment. 


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 patient's families to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. 


As 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 the nursing profession. 


Why Join UPMC as a Nurse? 

• 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. 


UPMC offers a very clearly defined Nursing Career Ladder to promote growth throughout your Nursing Career. Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary from the My Nursing Career Ladder based on their individual experience and education. Please note that the below salary may vary pending years of experience and education of the selected candidate. 

Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to patients and colleagues. Demonstrates an understanding of cultural differences and holds peers accountable for healthy relationships. Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life. Models safe work hours, time management, and a healthy lifestyle. Communicates with peers and management any safety hazards identified in the workplace.
Demonstrates knowledge of adult learning principles (and/or teaching children if applicable) and applies in teaching of patients, families, students, and new staff. Provides detailed and appropriate teaching to patients and families to effectively guide them through the episode of care as well as transition to another level of care and/or home. Supports the development of students, new staff, and colleagues, may serve as a preceptor. Creates an environment of open dialogue, inquiry, and continuous development by asking for feedback and improving practice.
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 a partner and considers the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner. Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patient care within an episode of care. Practices solid communication skills, and can articulate and translate the patient's condition to other care providers and negotiate and make recommendations for changes in patient care and unit practices. Patient documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers. Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality, and satisfaction. Creates a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience by building healing relationships with patients, families, and colleagues.
Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care. Actively participates in unit-based shared governance, goal setting and supports the change and transition process to improve quality of care and the practice environment. Serves as a highly engaged and full partner on the care team and responds willingly to care team member needs for assistance and partnership. Participates in work that improves patient care and the professional practice environment. Adapts to change and demonstrates flexibility with the change process.
Actively participates in department or unit-specific quality improvement efforts. Identifies opportunities for quality improvement to colleagues and management. Takes personal responsibility in improving patient satisfaction with the quality of care and service. 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, discusses opportunities for quality improvement at multidisciplinary rounds, and influences patients' plans of care.


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 patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.  

Minimum six months experience.  

BSN preferred.  

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.  

Good 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 the 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: 

UPMC approved national certification preferred. 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 


Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 

ACLS and PALS required within 1-year transfer/hire into the department. 

Registered Nurse (RN) 

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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