UPMC Registered Nurse - Med/Surg Low Acuity Telemetry in Altoona, Pennsylvania



RN .9 Full time Day/Night rotation, (7 a. -7:30 p..7p-7:30a) with call prn, three 12 hour shifts per week (Med/Surg Low Acuity Telemetry)(SEIU)(Posted 10/17/16)

UPMC Altoona is hiring a .9 full time Registered Nurse to help support the Medical Surgical Low Acuity Telemetry department for its Altoona Tower 10 location. 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 contributes to the education of a variety of members of the staff and students. This is a .9 full time day, 7a.- 7:30 p/7p-7:30 a .rotation with call prn, three 12 hour shifts per week.


  • Adheres to universal precautions. Identified 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 validation activities.

  • 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 individual needs.

  • 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 Training Required:

+ + Must be a graduate of an accredited School of Nursing, BSN preferred.

  • 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.

  • Experience Required: None, RN acute care or Telemetry experience preferred.

  • Must maintain eight stroke competencies per year.

  • ACLS preferred, BLS required.

  • Current proficiency preferred in skilled initiation and maintenance of IV Therapy in all age levels.

  • Previous experience preferred in initiation and maintenance of Intravascular Access devices.

  • Knowledge of troubleshooting methods and prior experience in administration of Cathflo for poorly functioning or clottedCentral venous lines and ports 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 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal

  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities