Graduate Nurse Rotational Programs

UPMC’s full-time Graduate Nurse Rotational Programs offer professional development, mentorship, and exposure to a variety of areas of care. Rotating among different specialties will expose new graduates to a multitude of specialties and allow new nurses to learn from nursing leaders and experienced preceptors.

Created using Six Sigma methodology, the program is designed to provide graduate nurses with experiences in various levels of care within a specialty area through guided clinical experiences. This includes an evidence-based approach to support transition to practice including recruiting and educating preceptors, providing departmental transition support, developing education for specific patient populations, constructing orientation blueprints, providing peer support opportunities, socializing staff, and promoting advancement through the career ladder.

After completing the program, the new nurses will transition to a mutually agreed-upon unit while continuing to enjoy UPMC’s Total Rewards package, a close network of support, and opportunities for growth. To date, thirteen UPMC hospitals have hosted the program, including hospitals in the Pittsburgh area, Erie, Altoona, Williamsport and more.

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My Nursing Career

At UPMC, a nurse can build his or her professional practice in a wide variety of settings, specialties, and roles. The UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence facilitates opportunities for nurses to grow their careers across the continuum of care.

My Nursing Career (MNC) is the nursing-specific career ladder at UPMC that includes 21 clinical specialties and more than 50 unique nursing roles. Regardless of a nurse’s area of interest, there’s a nursing career at UPMC that’s designed just for each individual and their chosen field.

MNC enables nurses to select a career path that aligns with their individual career plans, level of education, professional certifications, and experience. We are passionate about providing career pathways for our nurses at UPMC and want to equip them with the resources, feedback, leadership, education, and benefits to ensure success and a lifelong career at UPMC.

Over 31% of our inpatient nurses are senior professional nurses
Testimony Image: Emily W., PhD, BSN, RN, CMSRN

“My position as a senior professional staff nurse II, BSN, here at UPMC St. Margaret is my first nursing job. I started as a staff nurse and have worked my way up the My Nursing Career ladder at the same position. I always wanted to be a nurse in a community hospital setting where I could work directly with the primary care doctors to facilitate care for their patients.”

Emily W., PhD, BSN, RN, CMSRN – Senior Professional Staff Nurse II, BSN, UPMC St. Margaret
Testimony Image: Tyler C., BSN, RN

“What cemented my decision [to pursue nursing] was the coworkers. The bond that the nurses have here is different than anything else that I’ve seen. They come and ask you what you need, without hesitation. Anything you need, you’ve got more than the amount of help you need.”

Tyler C., BSN, RN - Senior Professional Staff Nurse II, BSN, UPMC Hamot

My Nursing Residency

Nurse residency programs are an essential part of transitioning from student to professional practice through skill building, peer socialization and support by experienced nurses. The UPMC My Nursing Residency program has an expert facilitator for every 6 to 10 new nurses. Facilitators support the new nurses’ effective decision-making and clinical leadership, incorporating evidence-based research into practice for a year-long journey. Since the inception of the program, we have had more than 175 cohorts, with a one-year retention rate of over 93%.

UPMC collaborates with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ (NRP), developed by Vizient® and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), which is an evidence-based program that is part of a Pennsylvania statewide initiative coordinated by the PA Action Coalition. Pennsylvania is one of three states with a state-wide program.

UPMC is proud to be a leader in nursing education and training by offering a residency program for new nurses.

The transition of graduate nurses into professional practice can be both exciting and challenging. UPMC’s My Nursing Residency program is an extensive, year-long program designed to support new nurses during the transition from student to nursing practice.

All newly licensed graduate nurses with fewer than six months of experience hired at UPMC are automatically enrolled in our residency program, which provides nurses with the opportunity to:

  • Build on their academic foundation by transitioning knowledge into clinical practice with a focus on safety and quality.
  • Develop clinical leadership skills in areas such as patient care delivery, resource management, delegation, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution.
  • Network with peers, leadership, and other professional nurses.

“As I was going through the My Nursing Residency program, I started falling in love with it and learning from it,” Nina said. “The program introduced me to so many people and nursing leaders. My Nursing Residency has opened a lot of doors for me and also instilled confidence that I can move up the ladder, even though I am a newer nurse,” Nina said.

Nina Fatica, BSN, RN
Attended the program at UPMC Hamot and is now a facilitator.

My Nursing Residency helps nurses build the skills necessary for success while also receiving peer socialization and support from experienced nurses. This allows for a smoother pathway into practice as a UPMC nurse.

If you are interested in joining our team, please visit nursing careers to explore our wide range of nursing positions online.

My Nursing Residency.

UPMC utilizes the Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Residency Program™, an evidence-based program used in more than 200 health systems.

“The My Nursing Residency program demonstrates UPMC’s commitment to helping our new nurses grow professionally, and make the transition into professional practice with confidence that stems from improved decision-making skills and enhanced clinical leadership practices.”

Holly Lorenz, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
UPMC Chief Nurse Executive

Nursing Talent Round Up

As part of the commitment of the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence to empower nurses to grow their professional practice, the Nursing Talent Round Up provides an opportunity for nurses at every level to:

  • Assess their leadership skills.
  • Receive feedback concerning their strengths and areas of development.
  • Discuss their career goals with nurse leaders and career development experts.

2020 marked the 9th year of the Nursing Talent Round Up for nurses from across UPMC. More than 130 nurses and nurse leaders participated in the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence’s annual Nursing Talent Round Up. Highlights of this year’s virtual event included personalized one-on-one coaching with nurse leaders and daily professional development panels. The panels provided career tips and advice including:

  • A roundtable discussion with chief nursing officers who shared their career journeys, leadership advice, and more.
  • A panel with HR leaders to learn about resume and application best practices.
  • A Q&A session with academic partners to learn about the benefits of going back to school at any stage in your career, how to find scholarships, and information about their programs.
  • A multidisciplinary panel sharing how My Nursing Career, UPMC’s clinical career ladder, can help you reach your next career goal, whether you want to step closer to senior professional nurse II status, work in a specialty care role, or become a unit director.
  • A discussion with Holly Lorenz, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nurse executive, to hear career advice, the biggest challenges she anticipates for nursing in the coming year, and more.

Nursing Talent Round Up boasts many success stories about nurses who have moved seamlessly through the UPMC health system to take their career where they wanted it to go.

UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence Nursing Talent Round Up
2016 2017 2018 2019
Enrolled in school
45% 36% 27% 36%
Completed degree
39% 26% 27% 14%
Became certified
33% 41% 30% 32%
Joined a new UPMC council or committee
38% 28% 45% 36%
Joined a new specialty nursing organization external to UPMC
33% 21% 30% 30%
Discussed career opportunities with their direct leader
N/A 92% 77% 87%