I am a Student Nurse

If you are a student nurse and interested in working during your educational program, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers a variety of options. Many registered nurses who now work at Children’s began their professional nursing career as an employee while they were a student.

Working as a student can enhance your nursing education process. We work with our student nurses to create a flexible work schedule that still permits you to make your education a priority. Students can work in variety of roles and in a number of inpatient areas. The following options are available:

Care Attendant

Our Care Attendants provide limited patient care, support, and observation services in accordance with established policies and procedures and may be directed by the nurse or physician to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care is always maintained. Care attendants routinely perform observation, hygiene (bath and oral care), bed making, transfer assistance, and comfort measures. Care attendants also provide feedback to the RN regarding patient care and report on any changes in patient status.

Health Unit Coordinator

Our Health Unit Coordinators are responsible for maintaining patient information, such as all aspects of the admission and discharge process, scheduling tests, and completing other patient related services. Student nurses and those with clerical and computer experience (preferably in the medical field) are eligible for this position. A high school diploma or GED and a working knowledge of medical terminology are required.

Patient Support Assistant

Our Patient Support Assistants provide basic personal hygiene assistance in the activities of daily living such as feeding, dressing, and ambulating patients. This role is available to student nurses who are currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in a professional accredited nursing program.

Patient Care Technician

Our Patient Care Technicians function under the direction of a registered nurse and provide basic nursing care to patients. Job responsibilities include transporting patients, specimens, equipment, and supplies and maintaining a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment. To be eligible, you must have completed one semester of inpatient clinical experience as a nursing student in a professionally accredited BSN program or equivalent in an associate or diploma program. Completion of a bachelor’s degree in healthcare or any health-related science field or completion of a paramedic, medical assistant, or nursing assistant training and having one year of work experience also meets the minimum qualifications.

Student Nurse Intern

Our Student Nurse Interns work one-on-one with an experienced pediatric nurse to gain valuable hands-on experience. To be eligible for a Student Nurse Internship you must be enrolled and complete your junior year in a professional, accredited BSN program or the equivalent within an associate or diploma nursing program. Applications for this position are reviewed late in the calendar year. Students typically begin work at the end of the spring semester around Memorial Day.