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Graduate Nurse Rotational Program: Shadyside Hospital – Surgical Track (Spring/Summer 2025 Graduates

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3 Jul 2024

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

Sign-On Bonus Details:

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

Are you graduating in Spring 2025 from nursing school and looking 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 surgical service line 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 Surgical Service Line consists of several departments all with a unique surgically based focus. Each unit is staffed by nurses who are specialists in their respective fields and provide compassionate care and clinical excellence.

  • 3 Main-Thoracic Surgery: 3 Main is a 38-bed surgical unit caring for post-op thoracic patients. 3 Main cares for high-acuity patients recovering from various thoracic surgeries such as minimally invasive esophagectomy, thoracotomy, lobe resections, and wedge resections. 3 Main also care for interventional cardiac patients from the cath lab and electrophysiology lab, as well as post op vascular surgery and surgical oncology patients. 3 Main is a teaching unit with a dynamic learning environment, where nurses will gain experience with chest tubes, nasogastric tubes, pca/nerveblocks, cardiac monitors, and arrythmia IV drips. 3 Main is fast-paced and team-oriented and serves as Shadyside's surgical stepdown unit.
  • 4 Main-Surgical Oncology: 4 Main encompasses patients who are recovering from post-surgical procedures for the treatment of life-altering cancers. These surgical procedures include cytoreductive (debulking) surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy treatment, Whipple procedures, colon resections, liver resections, and other abdominal/rectal procedures. Nurses on 4 Main are exposed to many different types of tubes and drain that our patients experience in their post-surgical phase. These drains include (but are not limited to) wound vacs, ileostomies, colostomies, feeding tubes, Jackson Pratt (JP) drains, pigtail catheters, and chest tubes. Patients on this unit require staff members that are highly motivated, encouraging, and driven to provide patients with the best possible experiences and outcomes.
  • 3 West-Orthopedics Surgery: 3 West is an Orthopedic unit that specializes in total joint replacement, orthopedic oncology surgical services, spine surgery, sports injuries, and a wide range of medical management. New and experienced nurses will experience an exciting range of services including wound care, surgical recovery, patient education, and the opportunity to see motivated patients work to get back on their feet through physical therapy and other nursing modalities.
  • 7 West-Neuro Surgical/Oncology7 West is a 24-bed newly renovated Neuro-Oncology/Neuro-Surgery unit that cares for postoperative craniotomies and spinal surgeries related to tumor debulking, stroke patients, and acute/chronic neurological conditions.  We also see a diverse population of oncology patients and some medical patients.  We are a high-performing unit that focuses on patient-centered care.  Among patient care, nurses will have the opportunity to participate in hospital-based councils and committees, as well as continued unit development/education and quality projects. This is a team-oriented unit with a supportive staff, leaders, and Neurosurgeons. 
  • 6/7 Pavilion Med/Surg Urology: 6/7 Pav is a Medical-Surgical unit that provides care for surgical urology patients, surgical oncology patients, ENT patients, and various medical patients. Our patient population's variety provides a broad knowledge base of medical and surgical patients. Most of our urological patients are diagnosed with renal, bladder, and/or prostate disease. We receive patients directly from the recovery room, the emergency room, and direct admissions. 6/7 Pavilion is a teaching unit and our nurses work closely with interns, residents, and fellows.

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 our surgical service line as part of a special Rotational Program. The GNRP will begin in August 2025. You will have the opportunity to rotate through various surgical units 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 
  • Completion of UPMC Student Nurse Internship Program or student clinical transitions course at UPMC preferred.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and interact with the ages of patients.
  • Understand the principles of growth and development over the lifespan.
  • Asses data on patients' statuses to identify each patient's 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 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.
  • UPMC-approved national certification is preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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