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Career Advancement Program (CAP)

Inpatient bedside nursing is demanding, but ever-so-rewarding work that is critical to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC's mission. Nurses who work in this environment care for the sickest children and their families on units that function 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These bedside nurses work weekends, all shifts and many holidays.

The Clinical Advancement Program (CAP) is designed to create a clinical career path for inpatient bedside nurses. The role of the bedside nurse is pivotal to Children's Hospital's success because it focuses on our most critical work, the daily care of our patients and their families.

In addition, Children's Hospital is committed to providing all bedside nurses with the resources necessary to ensure continued career advancement opportunities. This includes career consultations, on-site exams, training programs for achieving additional certification levels and a generous tuition reimbursement program that includes the expense of certification exams.

Diane Hupp, RN, MSN "Making a difference in a child's life is one of the most important and rewarding opportunities that Children's offers. CAP creates an additional career advancement opportunity for all of Children's bedside nurses and enables us to recognize those individuals who excel in this role."
Diane Hupp, RN, MSN
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC


Three levels used to classify all inpatient bedside personnel under the CAP system

Entry Level GN - Staff Nurse

This is an entry-level position for new graduates in their first year of practice. In order to progress, a nurse must successfully complete credentialing and licensure requirements. In this novice level of practice, new graduates develop skills and abilities necessary to care for pediatric patients and their families through the mentoring of a more experienced nurse preceptor. The current base hourly rate for this level is $20.50 for non-BSN and $21 for BSN and includes eligibility for a 5 percent increase six months after the date of hire.

Professional Staff Nurse

This position requires a minimum of six months of experience and satisfactory performance ratings. Nurses may elect to remain at this level throughout their career, or they may choose to progress to the next level. Professional staff nurses also are expected to participate voluntarily in department initiatives, committees and special projects.

Senior Professional Staff Nurse

This position requires a minimum of three years of experience, a continued successful annual performance rating, and certification in a chosen area. In order to be eligible for this level, personnel must complete a department initiative, committee work or project that helps to meet department and organization goals. A BSN is preferred at this level, but not required. Upon promotion, nurses are eligible to receive a 5 percent to 7 percent increase in their base hourly rate.

Last Update
September 12, 2014
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Last Update
September 12, 2014