Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$100,000 - 160,000 / Year
Hillcrest Medical Center
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#128001 Trauma Performance Improvement Specialist

Initial Review Date: Fri 2/23/2024

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.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/13/24 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/23/24. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


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.

The Trauma Performance Improvement Specialist provides support to the Trauma Program Manager (TPM) for all Trauma Performance Improvement/Peer Review activities. Assures performance improvement in accordance with San Diego Trauma System and the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma verification process.

The Trauma PI Specialist is responsible for the PI process, performance improvement plans and utilizes the Trauma registry for the aggregation, monitoring and reporting of regulatory mandated and/or program specific quality metrics. Coordinates, implements and maintains trauma performance improvement/peer review process for the Trauma Program at UCSDH. Reviews adverse events, monitors for trends, develops and plans practice changes in collaboration with the TPM.

Works in conjunction with the Trauma Registrars to identify any PI issues.

This position is mostly computer work and not direct patient care.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in nursing or other healthcare profession; or a combination of comparable clinical education and/or experience.

  • Three (3) years minimum clinical experience in Surgical ICU care, and/or Emergency Department, with knowledge of principles and practices of trauma patient care.

  • Experience in public speaking.

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communications.

  • Skills Knowledge: Ability to think proactively, act creatively, critical-thinking, excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of multiple teams. Ability to work in diverse cultural community groups.


  • Registered Nurse (RN) license issued by the state of California.

  • BSN or MSN.

  • Knowledge of statistical reports, peer review, performance improvement and epidemiology an asset.

  • Knowledge of computers: Epic, TraumaOne, Power Point, Excel.

  • Knowledge of AIS and ICD coding.

  • TNCC or ATCN course within last 5 years.

  • TOPIC Course within last 5 years.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $91,300 - $170,700 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $43.73 - $81.75

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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