Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$99.97 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Per Diem
Appointment Percent:
NX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Nights, 12 Hour Shifts

#118915 (NP) Nurse Practitioner PD, Neurocritical Care

Extended Deadline: Fri 6/2/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This posting will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Current UC San Diego Health CNA (NX) represented RN/NP applicants will be considered after the first 7 days of job posting. All additional applicants will be considered after 14 days of job posting, pending the status of the initial internal CNA (NX) represented applicant pool.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 10% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the "gold standard" for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas, which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical outcomes. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

Under general supervision of the Director of the Neurocritical Care Service and other designated physician team members, the incumbent will perform operational level duties and serve as a key member of the Neurocritical Care Unit (NCCU) inpatient service. The incumbent will provide ongoing direct patient care delivery; provide full clinical support in the management of inpatient services for a diverse population of patients, and consultation on patients in the Emergency Department and from other inpatient departments on other inpatient services. The incumbent will develop and educate Nurse Practitioner students, nurses, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows. The incumbent will function as liaison to counselors, social workers, research nurses, other clinical support staff, and family members of the NCCU patient. Also, the incumbent will assist in orientation and training of NCCU residents, and develop and implement policy and procedures related to the management of critical care patients.


  • Must be a graduate from an accredited nurse practitioner program.

  • California Registered Nurse (RN) license, California Nurse Practitioner (NP) license, and Furnishing License Certification.

  • Current Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) Certification (AGACNP or ACNP).

  • Must have BLS/CPR and ACLS certifications at time of hire with commitment to get ART within 6 months of hire date.

  • Minimum one (1) year licensed working NP experience. Inpatient critical care experience highly preferred. If insufficient applicant pool, department is willing to consider APP candidates with critical care RN or NP experience at UCSD Health.

  • Theoretical background in anatomy, physiology, neurosciences general medicine, pulmonary, emergency or critical care medicine, management of common diseases, concepts of medicine and surgery, pharmacology, or counseling techniques and interpersonal dynamics.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology, including that associated with central nervous system and spine to medically manage critically ill complex stroke, intracerebral/subarachnoid hemmorrhage, neurological and post-op surgery, and neuroendovascular patients.

  • Ability to perform initial history and physical examination, identify major medical problems, and formulate appropriate plans of action.

  • Ability to maintain detailed medical information in an organized and easily retrievable manner using online medical systems such as Epic.

  • Proven skills to operate appropriate medical equipment, i.e., Swan-Ganz catheters, central venous pressure monitors, electrocardiograph machines, cardiac defibrillator, transducer systems, digital read-out equipment, and medical computer systems. Ability to be trained in the use of specialized medical equipment.

  • Knowledge to instruct housestaff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel in all aspects of surgical care.

  • Ability to assess the daily status and progress of patients, and accurately report findings to the physician in-charge and other medical care personnel associated with the patient.

  • Excellent writing skills to prepare clear and concise medical reports, laboratory data and progress notes as well as policies, procedures and protocols for patient care management.

  • Ability to write accurate orders regarding execution of inpatient, outpatient plans of treatment.

  • Ability in properly and compassionately counseling patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations.

  • Excellent communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population. Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and follow strict HIPAA guidelines.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility. Ability to work independently and/or in a team framework, and in an environment that interacts with a diverse population of patients, families, physicians, and colleagues.


  • Fluency in oral and written communications in both English and Spanish.

  • Experience and knowledge of clinical and ancillary services within the UCSD Medical Center.

  • Neurocritical care or inpatient neurology/neurosurgery experience.


  • Must be able to provide at least 6 shifts of availability per month.
  • Work location is both Hillcrest Medical Center and Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges and maintain during employment.
  • Due to advanced practice credentialing eligibility, work experience must be within the past two years.
  • Must be able to work various hours (primarily night shift), weekends, on-call and various locations.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $208,737 - $208,737 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $99.97 - $99.97

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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