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UPMC Behavioral Health RN in Seneca, Pennsylvania

Are you an RN seeking a new opportunity, or a new nurse searching for a professional setting where you can thrive? Choose UPMC!

Unit Overview:

The Behavioral Health Unit at UPMC Northwest is recognized for the compassionate care, professionalism, and expertise demonstrated by the staff. The leadership team maintains a close working relationship with Western Psychiatric Hospital to offer current developments in both evidence-based knowledge and clinical practice in the field of Behavioral Health Care. The Unit strongly advocates for patients and employs a multidisciplinary approach that addresses patients’ clinical, social, safety, and spiritual needs and promotes achievement of optimal levels of stability, independence, and well-being following discharge.

UPMC Northwest Behavioral Health offers both Acute Care & Extended Acute Care (EAC) which permits RNs to work with patients in acute crisis as well as with patients who are here for many weeks. EAC patients work to establish the skills and supports necessary to return to the community with an enhanced ability to succeed and thrive. This is a setting for nurses who truly care about patient outcomes and are invested in making a lasting and meaningful difference in patient’s lives. In addition to the satisfaction that comes from providing life changing medicine to patients, RNs at Northwest Behavioral Health benefit from a defined career ladder that permits regular professional advancement, along with educational opportunities, a premier benefits package, and access to sign-on bonuses.

Please, take the time to apply today.

We look forward to learning about how you can become a valuable member of the BH Team at UPMC Northwest!

Sign-On Bonus Details:

$15,000 for registered nurses with one or more years of experience

$10,000 for New Graduates

**Candidates hired into a sign-on bonus eligible role will be asked to make a two-year work commitment.


  • Demonstrates knowledge of adult learning principles and applies in teaching of patients, families, students and new staff.

  • Provides detailed and appropriate teaching to patients and families to effectively guide them through the episode of care as well as transition to another level of care and/or home.

  • Supports the development of students, new staff and colleagues, may serve as a preceptor.

  • Creates an environment of open dialogue, inquiry and continuous development by asking for feedback and improving practice.

  • Applies the nursing process within the framework of Relationship Based Care to create a healing environment.

  • Formulates daily goals and a plan of care for patients that involves the patient as partner and considers the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner.

  • Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patient care within an episode of care.

  • Practices solid 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. Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction.

  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by building healing relationships with patients, families and colleagues.

  • Actively participates in department or unit-specific quality improvement efforts. Identifies opportunity for quality improvement to colleagues and management.

  • Takes personal responsibility in improving patient satisfaction with the quality of care and service.

  • Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care: identifies research issues or articles related to clinical specialty or areas of interest, discusses opportunities for quality improvement at multidisciplinary rounds, and influences patients' plans of care.

  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment.

  • Good 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:

  • UPMC approved national certification preferred.

  • Current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse 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.

  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire.

  • Graduate nurses must complete licensure examination within FOUR MONTHS of hire or within one year of graduation, whichever comes first. Though temporary permits are valid for one year from the date of graduation, not one year from issue of permit (or until the results of the examination are known at which time it becomes null and void), UPMC requires that GNs take the licensure examination within 4 months of their start date or they will be terminated or demoted from the GN position, at the discretion of the BU.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran