UPMC Altoona, a Level II
Trauma Center, is hiring a full-time Graduate Nurse or Registered
Nurse for our Medical Intensive Care Unit! This opportunity
would allow you to benefit from our competitive incentive program
plus our Total Rewards benefits package – click the link at the
bottom of this job posting for more information about our Total
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
GN level candidate starting
- ASN/ADN: $26.31
- BSN: $27.56
Experienced RN starting rate
- starting rate based minimum 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 Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at UPMC Altoona is a 14-bed
critical care unit that serves adult patients from Blair county and
the surrounding communities. The MICU team cares for a wide variety
of patients requiring advanced care and close monitoring. Our
nurses are specially trained to care for critically ill patients,
and require certifications in BLS, ALS, and Stroke assessment
through the National Institute of Health. Advanced skills include
hemodynamic monitoring, iv insertion, and assisting with bedside
procedures or interventions including insertion of endotracheal
tubes, chest tubes, central lines, proning therapy, and induced
The MICU is the unit of choice for
multiple invasive interventions including Intra-Aortic Balloon
Pumps (IABP), Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), Catheter
Assisted Thrombosis (EKOS), and post cardiac arrest Targeted
Temperature Management (TTM). Nurses collaborate with other members
of the healthcare team, patients, and families to provide competent
evidence-based care to patients throughout the continuum of care.
Critical care nurses have a passion for learning, the ability to
critically think, independent judgement, fluent communication, an
empathetic ear, and a candid partnership to achieve desired patient
What makes Medical ICU a special
place to work? The amazing team of nurses, physicians, and
respiratory therapists working closely to provide exceptional care
to patients in our community!
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
- Adheres to universal
- Identifies potential problems and
initiates appropriate measures.
- Identifies environmental factors
which deter effective patient care, initiates action, and
contributes ideas towards resolution.
- Assessment: Assesses patient
and family needs and documents this information appropriately in
the computer or on appropriate form. Reassesses patient every
eight hours, and, as necessary.
- Completes annual competency
- Complies with established
occupational exposure policies.
- Demonstrates professionalism in
providing patient care.
- Engages the medical staff and other
professionals in discussion of patient care problems resulting in
mutually developed plans of care.
- Evaluation: Revises plan of
care, as necessary based on daily evaluation of patient.
Evaluates patient's outcome based on previously defined
goals. Evaluates and documents the patient's response to
care, teaching, and treatment.
- Implementation: Utilizes
nursing care protocols and standards. Carries out and
documents procedures according to Hospital Policy. Performs
technical skills safely and accurately and demonstrates a working
knowledge of equipment. Transcribes and implements
physicians' orders appropriately. Demonstrates knowledge of
the physiological basis for the nursing care delivery.
Demonstrates knowledge of medication and IV therapy administration
according to policy. Initiates and coordinates health
teaching for patients and families/significant other based on
- Maintains proficiency and competency
in point of care testing as defined in the evaluation criteria
established by the laboratory.
- Planning: Includes the patient
and family/significant other in the formulation of the plan of
care. Prioritizes patient's needs appropriately. Plans,
conducts, and documents patient care conferences. Maintains a
current plan of care for each assigned patient. Utilizes
appropriate community agencies and other health care professionals
in planning care.
- Serves as a consultant to other
members of the health-care team.
- Utilizes Bed Management System,
Alpha, CPOE, and all other computer systems appropriately.
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 preferred for STICU
and SPCU within three years.
- ACLS preferred, BLS required. PALS for specific units.
- When assigned to ICU, must complete the Trauma Nurse
Course within one year of hire.
- Must maintain six stroke and six trauma competencies per
- Must attend Trauma Symposium yearly.
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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