Clinician - 7E Stepdown Unit
Posted on: June 6, 2021
Are you a highly motivated,
experienced Registered Nurse who is interested in advancing your
career and gaining leadership experience? UPMC Altoona, a Level II
Trauma Center, is hiring a Clinician or Clinician Fellow to help
support our 7E Stepdown Unit!
This is a full time, dayshift
position and includes our robust and competitive Total Rewards
benefits package! Click on the link at the bottom of this job
posting to see more info about our Total Rewards.
*The qualified candidate will be placed into the
appropriate job title (Clinician or Clinician Fellow) and salary
grade based on years of experience and
Clinician Fellow Minimum: $31.68
Clinician Minimum: $33.61
The Neuro Stepdown Unit (7E) is a
24-bed progressive care unit that specializes in the care of stroke
and neuro patients. This unit also cares for patients with
pneumonia, CHF, heart disease, and any other issue that needs a
monitored step-down bed. Our staff are trained to care for
all types of progressive care patients and is the only unit outside
of the ICU specially trained to care for
post-interventional/diagnostic neurology patients. Our team
works closely with our Stroke Neurologist and Stroke Quality team
to ensure all patients receive exceptional care. The teamwork
on this unit is phenomenal and gives our nurses the education,
discipline, and experience to work in any other type of unit!
The Clinician is a nurse leader who has direct responsibility in
the achievement of a culture of excellence and patient care. The
Clinician is a highly developed role model of professional nursing
practice. Under the general direction of the Unit Director or other
department manager, the Clinician will complete and deliver
employee evaluations, conduct selection and hiring of staff, and
manage the daily performance for a group of direct reports. The
Clinician is responsible for providing service-based education and
clinical expertise for staff including orientation and training,
consultation on practice issues, and general coordination of
clinical activities. Additionally, the Clinician may have shift
accountability for delivering nursing care when needed.
- Develops and maintains productive working relationships
internally and externally by building teams and relationships
through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive
communication. Coaches colleagues on cultural diversity and
addresses workplace horizontal violence and impairment.
Demonstrates accountability to self and others for safe work hours,
time management and healthy lifestyles.
- Demonstrates knowledge of performance improvement tools and
techniques. Continuously improves the quality of care and the work
environment of outcomes and the integration of research and best
practices into daily work. Shares learning from improvements with
other units and/or spreads across the business unit or system.
- Demonstrates interest in the development of others and
positively impacts the lives of patients/families, peers, and
members of the healthcare team through mentoring, education, and
knowledge sharing. Actively participates in the role of preceptor
for student nurses, nurse interns, graduate and experienced nurses
and assists with the development of new preceptors in their role.
Mentors and role models quest for continuous learning through
formal education and the development of others. Seeks opportunities
to share expertise with other members of the healthcare team within
and beyond the clinical unit/department.
- Incorporates national professional organization as well as
business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety,
quality, and satisfaction of the patient experience in daily work.
Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by
building healing relationships with patients, families, and
colleagues. Disseminates new knowledge and innovations through
presentations, posters, and publications.
- Applies nursing knowledge and skills within the framework of
Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process to meet the
clinical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient and
family. Demonstrates critical thinking in the analysis of clinical,
social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patient
care within an episode of care. Practices solid verbal and written
communication skills and can articulate and translate the patient's
condition to other care providers and to negotiate and make
recommendations for changes in patient care and unit practices.
Ensures patient documentation is comprehensive and promotes
communication between caregivers.
- Serves as a leader in clinical nursing practice, identifying
patient and staff focused opportunities for improvement and leading
the change process. Identifies, educates, and supports the
psychological and learning needs of staff during change and
transition. Practices participatory leadership and is an active
member of shared leadership at the unit, facility, or system level.
Assumes formal leadership responsibilities for one or more of the
following: quality improvement, evidence-based practice, GN or new
hire on-boarding. Completes and/or assists with staff performance
evaluations for direct reports as applicable.
Fellow: Minimum 2 years’ experience. If BSN not at
time of hire, must be enrolled in a program within one year of
hire/transfer date and completed within three years of
- Clinician: Minimum
3 years experience. BS/BSN required. Master's degree preferred. If
BS degree not in nursing, a Master's or higher degree in Nursing is
- MSN or CNL
- Demonstrated competence as a Professional Staff Nurse.
- 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.
- Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and
development over the life span and possess the ability to assess
data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the
appropriate information needed to identify each patient's
requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide
the care needs as described in the department policy and
- Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring
relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician
providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and
- Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex
environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized
- Exemplary 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 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 licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in
practicing state. National Certification preferred.
- CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a
didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of
- Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Act 34
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity
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