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RN - SWAT - Operating Room (Local Harrisburg, PA Travel - $45.70/hour)

  • Job ID: 210004GL
  • 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: $48.86 / 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 Operating Room 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.
  • 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.

  • Comply with established medication use policies.

  • Respond to emergent situations and initiates appropriate actions.

  • Preparation of operating room prior to operational services by preparing the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. Assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment.  Adjust and check equipment to ensure functionality.

  • Prepare patients for surgery by wash, shave, and ensure aseptic incision sites.

  • Assist the surgical team with putting on sterile gowns and gloves.

  • Assist in the preparation, care for, and disposal of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and helps apply dressings.

  • Count sponges, needles, supplies and instruments according to policy.

  • Ensure clean, safe environment through continued alertness to safety and explosive hazards and aseptic technique.

  • Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.

  • Must be able to function in two specialty areas of OR nursing. 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.

  • Document in the medical record according to established procedures.

  • Communicate patient's condition to physician and other key members of the health care team.

  • Seek out appropriate nursing, physician or other health care team intervention.

  • Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs.

  • Utilize nursing process in managing the care of patients including assessment, interdisciplinary planning, implementation, evaluation of patient care, teaching and discharge planning.

  • Assume responsibility for complex assignments and views problems as challenges.

  • Coordinate interdepartmental activities to expedite care.

  • Prior to performing new or challenging skills, requests assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures.

  • Contribute to the universal unit activities, including but not limited to responding to call lights and telephone, passing meal trays and patient transports.

  • 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.


  • Demonstrated competence in operating room professional nursing practice. 
  • Minimum of 2 years operating room nursing experience required. 
  • Must be able to circulate independently in general surgery, GYN surgery, Orthopedic, and urology surgery cases. 
  • 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 and will follow the scheduling requirements of the operating room department assigned. 
  • The ability to scrub in any specialty is preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire.
  • Act 31
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

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