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Graduate Nurse Rotational Program: Shadyside Hospital – Oncology Track (Spring 2025 Graduates)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3 Jul 2024

This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus!

Sign-On Bonus Details:

  • A $10,000 sign-on bonus is available for candidates with less than 1 year of RN experience.

Are you graduating in Spring 2025 from nursing school and looking to launch your nursing career? Our Graduate Nurse Rotational Program may be the perfect fit! You will rotate through various units within the hospital's Oncology Division to gain valuable and varied experience while working alongside an experienced nurse to help mentor and guide you in your learning.

About UPMC Shadyside:

UPMC Shadyside's Oncology Division provides new nurses to develop and be a part of the future of cancer care. Nurses who work in these units are developed and trained to administer and be a part of groundbreaking research in patient care. There are opportunities for growth and development through continued education opportunities and certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN).

  • 2 Pavilion/South Hematology/Oncology: Shadyside 2 Pavilion/South is a fast-paced hematology/oncology unit that is advancing cancer care. Nurses in this unit specialize in centralizing the care of medically managed patients who have received chemotherapy treatments. Ongoing education is valued, supported, and encouraged on 2 Pavilion making it a great unit for both graduate and experienced nurses seeking to expand their clinical knowledge.
  • 5 Main Medical Oncology: 5 Main is an oncology unit that specializes in the care of patients with cancer and blood disorders. 5 Main offers revolutionary cancer treatment and actively participates in oncology research. It is a fast-paced unit that is advancing cancer care. Nurses on this unit will participate in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, side effect management of cancer and cancer therapies, treatment of oncology emergencies, and provide palliative and end-of-life care. 5 Main nurses participate in clinical trials through the administration of clinical trial agents, monitoring of patients, and development of standards of care. Specialized training courses are provided to allow nurses to become competent in delivering oncology care, antineoplastic therapies, and complementary therapies. 
  • 6 Main Medical Oncology: 6 Main is a Hematology/Oncology unit specializing in a wide range of oncological diagnoses and is at the forefront of research. This unit primarily serves our lymphoma patients receiving chemotherapy and biological treatments. 6 Main is UPMC Shadyside Hospital's Dedicated Education unit where clinical staff nurses serve as instructors for the University of Pittsburgh nursing students. These clinical staff nurses receive special training and opportunities to pursue further education at the university.
  • 6 West Stem Cell Transplant: 6 West is an oncology unit that specializes in stem cell transplants, car-t cell infusions, and cutting-edge research. Patient diagnoses include a robust oncology population specializing in hematological cancers. This unit is an ideal unit for nurses seeking to gain specialized oncology experience and who prefer the continuity of care. There are plenty of opportunities for growth and development through continued education opportunities and certification as a Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN). Nurses will attend training to administer chemotherapy as well as Stem Cell Transplant classes.
  • 7 Main Hematology/Oncology: 7 Main is a hematology-oncology unit specializing in the treatment of leukemia. The length of stay is long for most patients on 7 Main and the unit has a family resource lounge as well as rehab equipment directly on the unit. Nurses on 7 Main work extensively with chemotherapy administration and provide our patients with thoughtful oncology education, therefore ease with communication is a key skill amongst our staff.

What is the Graduate Nurse Rotational Program (GNRP)?

UPMC Shadyside is pleased to announce we are NOW HIRING Graduate Nurses as full-time Professional Staff Nurses to support various hospital units as part of a special Rotational Program. The GNRP will begin in August 2025. Previous participants have had the opportunity to participate in the following rotate through various units including  2 Pavilion & South, 5 Main, 6 Main, 6 West, and 7 Main for 12 months. 

Why Join the Graduate Nurse Rotational Program?

  • Opportunity to explore and find your right home' in nursing at UPMC
  • Fantastic opportunity to learn from many talented nurses and receive a broad education in nursing
  • Having a resource pool nurse as a mentor
  • Having preceptors for each rotation

What Can You Expect as a GNRP Professional Staff Nurse?

The Professional Staff Nurse provides highly competent patient care and treatment while demonstrating empathy and a passion for learning. A role that requires independent judgment, fluent communication, and candid partnership, the Professional Staff Nurse establishes relationships with physicians, other care providers, patients, and patients' families to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care.

As a Professional Staff Nurse and a member of the care delivery team, you will set the standards for the level and quality of nursing care and possess authority and accountability for its provision. At all times, you will exemplify a commitment to the community and to the nursing profession.

How Does UPMC Support our Nurses?

UPMC is committed to investing in nurses like you -financially, personally, and professionally -starting on day one of your career. From tackling student loans to advancing your career later in life, UPMC is the partner you need to succeed and thrive in your nursing career.

Here are a few examples of how we support our nurses

  • Generous Sign-On Bonus of up to $10,000* for Graduate Nurses (Amount and eligibility based on the type of nursing role and candidate experience)
  • UPMC's Monthly Loan Repayment program, for 2024 & 2025 nursing graduates, offering $20,000* in loan repayment paid over three years
  • Up to five and a half weeks of Paid Time Off annually, plus seven paid holidays each year
  • Dedicated career ladders allowing you to achieve your highest potential while rewarding you for your experience and advanced education 
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $6,000 per academic year at any accredited institution, available to employees and their dependents (plus other educational discounts for UPMC employees, including no-cost RN-BSN/MSN options!)
  • Top clinicians, leading researchers, and the most modern equipment and technology in health care today

What Does Placement Look Like Post-GNRP?

Upon completion of the Graduate Nurse Rotational Program, placements are determined by participant preference, Hiring Manager preference, and business need through a collaborative matching process at UPMC Shadyside.

Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary from the My Nursing Career Ladder based on their individual experience and education.

Shift/Hours: Our RNs work rotating 12-hour schedules to ensure 24/7 coverage on the floor.

GNs must be eligible for State Board Licensure and successfully pass the examination before beginning this role -OR- must have a Temporary Practice Permit and commit to taking the NCLEX examination within SIX months of hire.

  • BSN Preferred
    • Graduate Nurses with an Associate's Degree or MSN will be considered if does not have BSN
  • Completion of UPMC Student Nurse Internship Program or student clinical transitions course at UPMC preferred.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to provide care and interact with all ages of patients.
  • Understand the principles of growth and development over the lifespan.
  • Assess data on patients' statuses to identify each patient's specific care needs.
  • Establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with patients and their families, executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, and other departments.
  • Work productively and effectively in an environment with changing priorities that require specialized skills.
  • Think critically to analyze and problem-solve to deliver the best patient care.
  • Use sound clinical judgment, think critically, and problem-solve to deliver quality patient care when it matters most.
  • Understand, apply, and champion nursing best practices.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse required prior to program start date OR must have a Temporary Practice Permit and commit to taking the NCLEX examination within SIX months of hire.
  • CPR is required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support

UPMC is an equal-opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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