UPMC Altoona, a level II
trauma center, is hiring a Graduate Nurse or Registered Nurse to
help support the Medical Stepdown Unit! The Medical Stepdown
Unit (MPCU – Tower 12), is a fast-paced 45-bed stepdown
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
Details (Full Time or Flex Full Time status)
- $15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years
- $10,000 sign-on bonus available for Graduate Nurses and nurses
with less than two years of experience
- If you are eligible for the $10,000
sign-on bonus, then you may be eligible to receive an additional
$5,000 student loan repayment bonus!
GN level candidate starting
- $26.31 (ASN/Diploma in Nursing)
- $27.56 (BSN)
Experienced RN starting rate:
- Starting rate based on rates above + experience
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!
The Medical Stepdown Unit (MPCU –
Tower 12), is a fast paced 45 bed medical stepdown unit. We serve
the adult population with acute diagnoses that are too unstable for
a general medical floor, or who are newly transferred out of ICU.
We provide care to a wide variety of patients – we are the unit of
choice for cardiac dysrhythmias, heart failure, myocardial
infarction, sepsis, multisystem organ failure and respiratory
compromise requiring BiPAP and high flow oxygenation. We are ACLS
certified and are trained to care for patients requiring cardiac
drips and complex rhythm interpretation. We provide postop cardiac
care to patients after pacemaker insertion, ablation, cardiac
catherization, and watchman procedures.
What makes this unit a great place
to work? We have an incredible team of nurses, patient care
technicians, respiratory therapists, physicians, and case managers
that collaborate to provide exceptional patient care. Our unit
provides a unique environment to hone your organizational and time
management skills and a wide variety of clinical experiences to
expand your knowledge base, whether you are a new graduate or an
As a new staff member on Medical
Stepdown, you will enjoy the flexibility of self-scheduling,
nursing leadership that is invested in your growth, and a team of
professionals that will support you as you develop your nursing
career. Come join us and be a part of this amazing team!
As a member of this team you will provide direct and indirect care
to patients utilizing the nursing process, provide leadership for
the nursing team, and contribute to the education of a variety of
members of the staff and students.
- Adheres to universal
precautions. Identifies potential problems and initiates
appropriate measures. Identifies environmental factors which
deter effective patient care, initiates action, and contributes
ideas towards resolution.
- Complies with established
occupational exposure policies.
- Completes annual competency
- Maintains proficiency and competency
in point of care testing as defined in the evaluation criteria
established by the laboratory.
- Demonstrates professionalism in
providing patient care.
- Serves as a consultant to other
members of the health-care team.
- Engages the medical staff and other
professionals in discussion of patient care problems resulting in
mutually developed plans of care.
- Utilizes Bed Management System,
Alpha, CPOE, and all other computer systems appropriately.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
Education and Formal
- Must hold a current license to practice nursing in the State of
- Must satisfactorily complete the Nursing Department's
orientation program and probationary period.
- Must complete NIHSS education prior to end of orientation
period, if required.
- For all positions in Critical Care: CCRN is required within two
years of hire date.
- ACLS preferred, BLS required. PALS for specific units.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
- CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a
didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Certification
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Act 34
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