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RN - SWAT - Emergency Department (Local Harrisburg, PA Travel - $45.70/hour)

  • Job ID: 210004GK
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Rotating
  • Facility: Corporate Health Services
  • Department: SNR Central PA
  • Location: , Harrisburg PA
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $48.68 / hour


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

Sign-On Bonus Details (Full Time status) 

  • $15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years of experience 


Are you interested in being part of a new initiative within the clinical world of UPMC? The System Nursing Resources (SNR) team, part of UPMC Corporate Services, is actively seeking both full-time and part-time Emergency Department RNs interested in joining our newly created UPMC Pinnacle SWAT nursing team. 


The SWAT nurse will be utilized to fill shifts in the areas of high need. Nurses must be willing to work at all UPMC Pinnacle facilities (UPMC Carlisle; UPMC Hanover; UPMC Lititz; UPMC Memorial in York; UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg; UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Campus in Harrisburg; UPMC Pinnacle West Shore in Mechanicsburg) and accept regular rotational assignments as determined by the SWAT team leadership. All hospitals on our Pinnacle campus are within 50 miles of Harrisburg, PA.


Want to learn more about what a SWAT nurse does and the advantages this career path offers?  To learn more, check out our SWAT RN nursing blog from someone who loves their position. Our nurses experience the wide variety of hospitals and patient care specialties we offer which may lead to an amazing future position/career.


The SWAT nurse has the authority, responsibility, and shift accountability for the delivery of nursing care through the use of the nursing process. The SWAT nurse, in collaboration with other health care professionals, applies competent clinical knowledge and skills to achieve quality care outcomes. 


System Nursing Resources (SNR) SWAT team positions receive full-time benefits as well as increased compensation at $45.70/hour (with an additional $2.55 an hour in shift differential) to reward their flexibility. While on assignments in our many UPMC facilities our nurses gain rare, impressive, and highly desirable professional experiences and build widely varied skill sets. 


This opportunity also includes:

  • Meal reimbursement
  • If hotel accommodations are needed, they will be arranged by the facility or reimbursed back (Assignment/travel must be 60 miles or more from home address to qualify for overnight accommodations).
  • Mileage reimbursement to any facility greater than 30 miles from your home address.
  • Shifts are rotating but you may elect to work straight nights if that is your preference. 
  • Prior UPMC employees will maintain seniority if rehired within 1 year.



  • Function independently with one day orientation, unless otherwise specified.  Maintain critical thinking skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities as related to various aspects of patient care.  Cultivate professional relationships and communication in the clinical environment.
  • Maintain critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of nursing.
  • Utilize nursing process in managing the care of patients including assessment, interdisciplinary planning, implementation, evaluation of patient care, teaching and discharge planning.
  • Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.
  • Ensure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department, i.e., Maintenance or Biomedical Engineering.
  • Document in the medical record according to established procedures.
  • Communicate patient's condition to physician and other key members of the health care team.
  • Assume responsibility for complex assignments and views problems as challenges.
  • Assume the responsibility of charge nurse as needed when staffing requires an experienced staff nurse.
  • Prior training in two areas of nursing and/or is willing to be trained in two different specialty areas of nursing as designated by SWAT team supervisor.  Communicate educational needs when necessary.  Maintain contact availability for schedule changes when needed.  Must be flexible in scheduling to the requirements of the unit assigned.
  • Seek out appropriate nursing, physician or other health care team intervention.
  • Coordinate interdepartmental activities to expedite care.
  • Contribute to the universal unit activities, including but not limited to responding to call lights and telephone, passing meal trays and patient transports.
  • Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs.
  • Prior to performing new or challenging skills, requests assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures.
  • Provide basic psychosocial support and counseling.
  • Maintain standards of nursing care and utilizes standards as a guide for practice.
  • Collaborate with physician and care team to ensure quality patient care.
  • Report and record all changes observed in condition or behavior of patients.
  • Comply with established medication use policies.
  • Respond to emergent situations and initiates appropriate actions.
  • Coordinate, provide, and evaluate patient/family education.


  • Demonstrated competence in professional nursing practice. 
  • Two years nursing experience required. 
  • Must be able to pass all UPMC required testing for Registered Nurses. 
  • SWAT Nurses must agree to be available to work 72 hours in a bi-weekly pay period, including but not limited to: day, night, weekend and holiday shifts. SWAT nurses will be willing and able to report for work at all UPMC facilities.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire. NIH/NIHSS required within 60 days of hire.

  • Act 31
  • Act 33
  • Act 34
  • Act 73
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • NIH Stroke Scale (NIH)
  • National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Certification
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

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