Oregon Health & Science University

RN, Pediatric Emergency Department, FT, Nights

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
DCH Pediatric Emergency Department
Salary Range
Based on ONA contracted rates
12 hour shifts, every other weekend
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) 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 PED is responsible for assessing patient needs, planning and coordinating interventions and consultations, as well as incorporating and supporting family driven care.


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.

Function/Duties of Position

Hiring Bonus and Relocation Package Available


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.


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.

Required Qualifications

  • 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)
  • Current OHSU workforce members may have an Associate's Degree in Nursing or diploma
  • 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
  • TNCC or ATLS Certification within the first 6 months of hire
  • Must have excellent communication and reflection skills, the ability to work collaboratively in a team, and the flexibility to delegate, prioritize, and adapt in stressful situations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current OHSU employees: BSN preferred
  • Certification in Pediatric Emergency Nursing (CPEN or CEN)
  • 2 years minimum pediatric experience or 1 year minimum ED experience preferred

Additional Details

Orientation: Dependent on previous experience and expertise up to 10 weeks


*Bonus Disclaimer: current RN employees at OHSU, Adventist Medical Center in Portland or Hillsboro Medical Center are not eligible for the hiring bonus. 

All are welcome

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 aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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