My Nursing Career

Inpatient bedside nursing is demanding, but ever-so-rewarding work, that is critical to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh'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.

My Nursing Career is designed to create a clinical career path for inpatient bedside nurses. The role of the bedside nurse is pivotal to UPMC Children's Hospital's success because it focuses on our most critical work: the daily care of our patients and their families.

In addition, UPMC 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.

Paula Eicker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Director, Transplant Services, Hematology/Oncology, and Neuroscience "Making a difference in a child's life is one of the most important and rewarding opportunities that Children's offers. MNC creates an additional career advancement opportunity for all of UPMC Children's bedside nurses and enables us to recognize those individuals who excel in this role."

Paula Eicker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Vice President, Patient Care Services
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

My Nursing Career is designed around five levels of progressive clinical nursing practice: