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Oregon Health & Science University RN, Experienced Pediatric Emergency Nurse, Resource in Portland, Oregon

Work Unit Description


Functions/Duties of Position

The Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) is a 10-bed unit that provides a multidisciplinary service for pediatric and young adult patients ages birth through 19 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Care in the Pediatric ED encompasses level 1 Trauma entries, acute care for medical and behavioral illness and injuries. In addition, the Pediatric ED provides Observation Care for patients requiring anticipated admissions <24 hours.

The OHSU Clinical registered nurse (RN) provides compassionate, evidence-based, and efficient care to individuals, families, communities and patient populations. The Clinical RN's care delivery is consistent with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics. The Clinical RN demonstrates the professional role obligations of scientist, leader, and knowledge transferor [Onsomble Model of the Professional Role™]. Professional accountability enriches the Clinical RN's engagement as a leader in promoting an inter-professional culture of collaborative decision-making, innovation, life-long learning, and teamwork. The Clinical RN exemplifies the principles of a Culture of Safety by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, a Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.

OHSU cares for acutely and critically ill patients in our Pediatric Emergency Department. We provide the latest evidence-based care and have a reputation for effective teamwork. Pediatric Emergency nurses understand the importance of their independent scope of practice and engage in dependent scope of practice decision making with the team. Pediatric Emergency nurses also provide patient and family-centered care for the full spectrum of illnesses.

The OHSU Pediatric Emergency Department provides around-the-clock multidisciplinary services to clients of all ages across the life span. The department hosts a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, Triage, acute care and critical care, and a pediatric observation Unit. Patients arrive to the ED via ambulance, walk-in, through the transfer center (Trauma & PANDA), and via Rapid Response Team.

The PED is responsible for assessing patient needs, planning and coordinating interventions and consultations. Procedures and treatments provided in the PED include but are not limited to: placing venous access, portacath access, drawing bloodwork, medication, fluid and blood administration, radiography, extremity splinting and reduction, laceration repair, moderate and deep sedation, ultrasonography, intubation, cardioversion, pediatric sexual assault and abuse exams, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Patient population and diagnoses vary from minor to critical care and include: abdominal pain, extremity injuries and trauma, possible VP Shunt failure, overdose, seizure, dehydration, heart failure, respiratory distress, acute stroke, acute depression/psychological emergencies, neutropenic fever, sepsis, and other complex medical histories. The PED Team works determine if the patient requires admission or discharge with resources and referrals. The nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1 or 1:5 based on the patients dynamic stability and acuity.

Job Requirements


  • External applicants: Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Degree from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
  • Internal applicants: Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Current, unencumbered Oregon State Registered Nurse License
  • BLS/PALS must be issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network branch of AHA (upload documentation with online application)
  • BLS/PALS must not expire during orientation or probation period, and must have the same expiration date (upload documentation with online application)
  • 1 year of current Emergency Department Experience with pediatric patients
  • OHSU workforce members may have an ADN or diploma
  • TNCC or ATLS Certification within the first 6 months of hire
  • All nurses in the pediatric ED are competency validated to provide Nitrous Oxide (ongoing)
  • Annual Department specific education requirements include:
  • 4 hours of Trauma Education (2 hours must be Peds specific)
  • 2 hours of Cardiac Education
  • 4 hours of Psych/Behavioral Health Education
  • 4 hours of Abuse and/or Sexual Assault Education
  • Ability to lift, bend, stoop, reach, carry, push, pull and walk throughout the work period. Able to lift 35 lbs. independently. Complies with the safe patient mobilization policy when lifting or positioning dependent patients, including using mechanical lifts and coordinating the assistance of other personnel
  • Must be able to use all senses: seeing; hearing; touching; smelling; and speaking
  • Reasonable accommodations include corrective lenses and/or hearing aidsThe work environment carries risk of exposure to human tissue/fluids and radiation
  • Must be able to deal with competing needs and priorities of internal and external customers, including making correct judgments regarding ensuring safe conditions for patients, families, and other personnel
  • Use of all hospital approved clinical equipment. Significant use of computers, copiers, multi-line phones, and fax
  • Provide continuing care and monitoring of ED patients in locations outside of ED including MRI, CT, Nuclear Med, Ultrasound, and Radiology.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation


  • Current OHSU employees: BSN preferred
  • Certification in Pediatric Emergency Nursing (CPEN or CEN)
  • 1 year minimum pediatric or ED experience preferred – specified with each posting to keep balance of appropriate ED and pediatric skill mix in department.


  • Dependent on previous experience and expertise, up to 12 weeks


Additional Details

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

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Job Title: RN, Experienced Pediatric Emergency Nurse, Resource

Department: OHSU Pediatric Emergency Department

Location: HRC 8D81

Drug Testable: Yes

Job: IRC82600

FTE: 0.0, Resource

Schedule: Variable

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Location: Portland, OR (Marquam Hill)

Job Type: Union Represented (ONA)

WorkSource Oregon is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Language assistance is available to person with limited English proficiency at no cost.

WorkSource Oregon es un programa/empleador que respeta la igualdad de oportunidades. Ayudas auxiliares y servicios para personas con discapacidades estará disponible sin costo. Asistencia de idiomas para personas con conocimiento limitado del inglés sin costo alguno.