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Social Service
Clinician - 6D Neurosurgery
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Job Description


6D Neurosurgery is currently hiring for a Clinician position.

6D is an 18-bed neurosurgical unit specializing in the care of stroke patients and patients who have undergone craniotomies and spinal surgeries. We foster a positive and supportive environment, emphasizing strong teamwork and the sharing of knowledge among all disciplines to ensure the best possible outcomes. The opportunity to care for a diverse patient population within other medical-surgical specialties makes 6D a perfect fit for graduate nurses and nurses seeking to build broad knowledge and/or gain new experience. Nurses on 6D collaborate with world-renowned neurosurgeons who are known for their innovative microvascular surgical approach, with a focus on the patient's full and rapid recovery.


* 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.
* 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.
* Assists the Unit/Department Leader with the peer review process.
* 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.
* Practices solid verbal and written communication skills, and is able to 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.
* Patient documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers.
* Demonstrates critical thinking in the analysis of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patient care within an episode of care. 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.
* 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 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.


* Minimum 3 years experience
* BSN required/MSN or CNL preferred
* Neurosurgical or surgical experience highly preferred
* Demonstrated competence as a Professional Staff Nurse.
* The individual 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.
* 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 patient's 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, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment.
* 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 Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse. National Certification preferred.CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
* Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
* Registered Nurse (RN)
* Act 34

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

About University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the largest integrated health care enterprise in Pennsylvania and one of the leading nonprofit medical centers in the country. It is one of only 14 hospitals nationwide to earn "honor roll" status in U.S. News & World Report's 2006 "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Widely recognized for its innovations in patient care, research, technology and health care management, UPMC has transformed the economic landscape in western Pennsylvania. The region's largest employer, with 48,000 employees and nearly $7 billion in revenue, UPMC comprises 20 tertiary, specialty and community hospitals, 400 outpatient sites and doctors' offices, retirement and long-term care facilities, an insurance plan, and international ventures. Nearly 5,000 physicians are affiliated with UPMC, including more than 2,300 employed physicians.