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Temporary Professional (Clinical Registered Nurse)

Apply now Job no: 523414
Work type: Hourly
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Nursing Services
Union: Non-Benefited
Categories: Health & Medical Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Clinical Nurse Manager and in collaboration with other health care providers, the Temporary Professional - Clinical Registered Nurse is responsible for the triage, assessment and patient care of illness, injury and general health concerns for all patients using University Health Services (UHS). Nursing services are provided during regular clinic hours, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays.


Essential Functions

  • Responsible for age-appropriate nursing care through the nursing process. Determines the severity of the patient’s problem based upon data collection and patient history and identifies the routine, urgent or emergent nature involved. This is accomplished by telephone interaction with the patient or in person (walk-in patients).
  • Provides nursing care, treatment, medications, and patient care plans as ordered by the provider (MD/NP/PA). Accurately and appropriately communicates and documents patient’s response to care and change in patient condition.
  • Acquires and maintains current knowledge in nursing practice, including a working knowledge of emergency procedures, equipment, and supplies. Keeps precise problem-oriented health records. Considers factors relating to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering patient care. Uses Universal Precautions when exposed to blood and body fluids.
  • Adheres to policies and procedures of UHS. Including care of sexual assault patients as UHS is a designated state SANE site.  
  • Participates in programs of quality improvement, peer review, and continuing education.
  • Responsible for patient education such as prevention, healthy lifestyle promotion, age-appropriate health concerns and appropriate use and access of medical services.


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area / Division, and University goals and objectives.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited BSN program and three (3) years progressively responsible general clinical experience or an Associate degree from an accredited nursing program and five (5) years clinical experience equivalent to the BSN.
  • Current license to practice professional nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Certified in basic CPR at hire and bi-annually renewed.
  • Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment, and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to lift and transfer patients.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IV, Clery and other compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill, and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both the law and with the University policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and / or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical Walk-In Health Care Clinic environment and activity. Ability to lift and transfer patients.


Additional Details

  • This position is designated as essential personnel.
  • This is a temporary, unbenefited position.


Work Schedule

  • Work schedule varies; will include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Up to 20 hours per week.


Salary Information

Hourly rate $35 - $45 (determined by experience and education).


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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