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Graduate Nurse: Journey to ICU – Surgical Track (UPMC Shadyside)

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18d ago

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  • You must be a graduate nurse with either an Associate's Degree in Nursing or a BSN, possess strong clinical judgment, have current RN licensure, and be CPR certified to excel in the ICU surgical track at UPMC Shadyside.
  • You will care for high-acuity post-op patients in thoracic, orthopedic, neurosurgical/oncology, and urology/plastic surgery units. Gain experience with various surgeries, patient conditions, and collaborate closely with the care team for patient recovery and discharge planning.

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  • ICU placement will depend on the needs of the hospital at that time. The candidate’s preference will be taken into consideration. A position in the ICU is contingent upon the employee’s performance during the first year of hire. The RN must obtain a Solid/Strong/Good performance rating, lack any disciplinary action, and meet all requirements/expectations of their hiring unit.
  • UPMC Shadyside’s Surgical Division provides new nurses with the foundations to develop and be a part of the future of care. Nurses who work in these units are developed and trained to maintain collaborative relationships with physicians, other healthcare providers, patients, and their families, to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. 


  • Graduate Nurses that are eligible for the State Board Licensure and Staff Nurses with nursing experience will be considered for this position if they have an Associate's Degree in Nursing or a BSN.
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately with the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families.
  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, and handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment.
  • Good clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving abilities are required as related to various aspects of patient care.
  • 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 (RN) either in the state where the facility is located or in a state covered by a licensure compact agreement with the state where the facility is located.
  • UPMC-approved national certification is preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
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Area of Responsibilities



  • 3 Main, Thoracic Surgery – A 38-bed surgical unit caring for post-op cardiothoracic patients. 3 Main cares for high-acuity patients recovering from various thoracic surgeries such as minimally invasive esophagectomy, thoracotomy, lobe resections, and wedge resections. 3 Main also cares for interventional cardiac patients from the cath lab and electrophysiology lab, as well as post-op vascular surgery and surgical oncology patients. 3 Main is a teaching unit with a dynamic learning environment, where nurses will gain experience with chest tubes, nasogastric tubes, pca/nerveblocks, cardiac monitors, and arrhythmia IV drips. 3 Main is fast-paced and team-oriented and serves as Shadyside’s surgical step-down unit.
  • 3 West, Orthopedic Surgery – A surgical orthopedic unit that specializes in total joint replacement, orthopedic oncology surgical services, spine surgery, sports injuries, and a wide range of medical management. In this unit, you will experience an exciting range of services including wound care, surgical recovery, patient education, and the opportunity to see motivated patients work to get back on their feet through physical therapy and other nursing modalities. This unit works collaboratively with all members of the care team and participates in “care coordination” where the nurse is a critical part of the patient’s discharge planning.
  • 7 West, Neuro Surgical/Oncology: 7 West is a Medical Surgical Unit that cares for stroke patients, postoperative craniotomy and lumbar surgeries, acute and chronic neurological conditions. We also see a diverse population of varied medical and oncology patients, including gynecology and plastic surgery. Among patient care, nurses will have the opportunity to participate in hospital-based councils and committees, as well as, continued unit development and quality projects.
  • 6/7 Pavilion, Surgical Urology/Post-Plastic Surgery – A Medical-Surgical unit that provides care for surgical urology patients, surgical oncology patients, ENT patients, and various medical patients. The variety of our patient population provides for a broad knowledge base of both medical and surgical patients. Most of our urological patients are diagnosed with renal, bladder, and/or prostate disease. This unit also receives patients directly from the recovery room, the emergency room, and direct admissions. 6/7 Pavilion is a teaching unit and our nurses work closely with interns, residents, and fellows.


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