UPMC Registered Nurse - Days/Nights - Observation Unit in Altoona, Pennsylvania
6F Observation Unit
.9 Regular Full-Time, D/N rotation (three 12hr shifts per week)
UPMC Altoona is seeking a Registered Nurse to join our team and support our Observation Unit for D/N rotation (7a-7p/7p-7a) including rotating weekends and holidays. 6F is a fast paced, high turnover medical/surgical/telemetry unit that specializes in expediting testing for adult observation patients. Most patients spend 24-48 hours on our unit. Nurses will build their knowledge base by caring for a wide range of patients.
Common diagnosis include chest pain, syncope, asthma exacerbation, COPD, CHF, TIA, and abdominal pain. Staff working on 6F develop excellent prioritizing, assessment, and time management skills. We have an exceptional team of RNs, MAs, Case management, Social Workers, and physicians that collaborate to provide excellent care to our patients.
This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus! Whether you’re a recent Graduate Nurse looking to launch your nursing career, or a seasoned RN seeking a change, now is your moment to find your place at UPMC!
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
*Part Time status positions are also eligible for sign-on bonus at a prorated amount - $7,500 for experienced nurses with over 2 years of experience, and $5,000 for GNs and nurses with less than 2 years of experience
Provides direct and indirect care to patients utilizing the nursing process. Provides leadership for the nursing team, and contributes to the education of a variety of members of the staff and students.
Planning: a. Includes the patient and family/significant other in the formulation of the plan of care. b. Prioritizes patient's needs appropriately. c. Plans, conducts, and documents patient care conferences. d. Maintains a current plan of care for each assigned patient. e. Utilizes appropriate community agencies and other health care professionals in planning care.
Serves as a consultant to other members of the health-care team.
Demonstrates professionalism in providing patient care.
Evaluation: a. Revises plan of care, as necessary based on daily evaluation of patient. b. Evaluates patient's outcome based on previously defined goals. c. Evaluates and documents the patient's response to care, teaching, and treatment.
Implementation: a. Utilizes nursing care protocols and standards. b. Carries out and documents procedures according to Hospital Policy. c. Performs technical skills safely and accurately, and demonstrates a working knowledge of equipment. d. Transcribes and implements physicians' orders appropriately .e. Demonstrates knowledge of the physiological basis for the nursing care delivery. f. Demonstrates knowledge of medication and IV therapy administration according to policy. g. Initiates and coordinates health teaching for patients and families/significant other based on individual needs.
Identifies environmental factors which deter effective patient care, initiates action, and contributes ideas towards resolution.
Identified potential problems and initiates appropriate measures.
Utilizes Bed Management System, Alpha, CPOE, and all other computer systems appropriately,
Assessment: a. Assesses patient and family needs and documents this information appropriately in the computer or on appropriate form. b. Reassesses patient every eight hours, and, as necessary.
Adheres to universal precautions.
Complies with established occupational exposure policies.
Engages the medical staff and other professionals in discussion of patient care problems resulting in mutually developed plans of care.
Completes annual competency validation activities.
Maintains proficiency and competency in point of care testing as defined in the evaluation criteria established by the laboratory.
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.
None, RN telemetry experience preferred
ACLS preferred, BLS required. PALS for specific units.
Must complete the Trauma Nurse Course within one year of hire.
Must maintain six stroke and six trauma competencies per year.
Must attend Trauma Symposium yearly.
Must maintain eight stroke and six trauma competencies per year.
Must attend Trauma Symposium yearly if required.
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)
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran
GN level candidate starting rate - $26.31 (BSN $27.56)
Experienced RN starting rate - starting rate commensurate with experience (BSN differential: $1.25)
When you are ready to take your career to the next level, UPMC Altoona has a RN Career Ladder, which allows you to enhance your practice and receive additional compensation! Ask your recruiter for details!