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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.
"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."
Diane Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Operations and Patient Care Services
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
My Nursing Career is designed around five levels of progressive clinical nursing practice:
This is an entry-level position for new graduates during their first year of practice at the bedside. It is intended to be a novice level of practice in which new graduates learn their roles and develop skills and abilities, often through the mentoring of a more experienced nurse. In order to progress to a Professional Staff Nurse, a nurse must successfully complete licensure requirements, have six months to one year of experience, and receive a satisfactory good/solid/strong appraisal on their most recent performance evaluation.
This position is designed to recognize and reward UPMC’s skilled and knowledgeable registered nurses. Staff nurses can progress to this level in a minimum of six months and nurses may choose to remain at this level throughout their careers. Experienced nurses joining UPMC most often enter at this level. Incremental salary increases are based on performance and experience. As their experience grows, professional staff nurses are increasingly relied upon to serve as patient care leaders and to serve as preceptors for new nurses.
A bachelor’s of science degree in nursing is preferred but not required.
This position is designed for nurses who want to continue to advance their careers. As their experience and expertise grows, senior professional staff nurses are increasingly relied upon to serve as unit leaders. They serve as role models for professional nursing practice by serving as recognized leaders in one or more of the following areas: clinical expert, staff or patient educator/teacher, specialized resource nurse, and/or through evidenced based practice. Incremental salary increases are based on performance and experience.
Promotion to this level requires:
There are a limited number of these roles per unit at this level to which nurses apply as positions become available. Clinicians are primarily responsible for serving as leaders in clinical nursing practice, identifying patient and staff focused opportunities for improvement and leading the change process.
These professional promotions require:
There are a limited number of roles at this level to which nurses can apply when available. Unit Directors are responsible for Unit operational leadership.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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