Job Description

Job Title: Nursing Instructor - Casual
Job ID: 648037
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Mercy
Department: Schools of Nursing
Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219


Are you a RN with a background in Med/Surg or Critical Care? Are you looking for an opportunity to build experience in a teaching environment? Do you thrive on inspiring others to reach their full potential? We are looking for you!

UPMC Mercy School of Nursing is hiring a casual Nursing Instructor. Perfect for nurses who are interested in academia, this position serves as a way to get your foot in the door with our schools and offer flexible scheduling. If this sounds like a great fit for you, we encourage you to apply today!

These positions will work primarily Monday through Friday daylight. Minimum hours per week is typically 16 hours (2 clinical days), with ability to flex as high as 40 hours per week if desired.

The Nursing Instructor for the School of Nursing has the authority, responsibility and accountability for both the didactic and clinical instruction of students in utilizing the nursing process to provide quality patient care. This position requires the ability to effectively instruct nursing students in the classroom as well as provide meaningful learning experiences, guidance and evaluation of those students in the clinical environment utilizing the nursing process during the provision of care to ensure safe nursing care and quality patient outcomes.

  • Initiates opportunities to maintain the mission and values of the parent organization. Serves as a role model for communication with other health care team members to enhance and influence nursing within the organization. Incorporates the values of trust, respect, collegiality, professionalism and caring to build an organizational climate that fosters the development of the student and other faculty. Develops strategies to incorporate principles of dignity and respect in meeting the diverse learning needs of students in both the classroom and clinical practice area. Works productively and effectively within a complex educational environment. Resolves and manages conflict effectively and in a timely manner. Coaches students on cultural diversity and civility in the educational environment. Creates an environment which recognizes and values differences in peers, patients, families and communities.
  • Maintains active membership in professional nursing organizations. Engages in educational activities that promote ones professional growth in the role of a nurse educator. Utilizes feedback gained from self, peer and student evaluations to improve role effectiveness. Seeks opportunities to share expertise with other faculty and members of the healthcare team. Promotes innovative practices in the educational environment. Engages in the shared leadership of the school by participating in school committees.
  • Maintains professional practice knowledge base through continuing education programs and conferences. Provides resources and coaching to diverse learners to assist them in meeting their individual needs. Establishes and maintains positive, caring relationships with students, faculty, management, patients/families and all other members of the health care team. Utilizes critical thinking skills to lead students in the application of the nursing process in the classroom and in the clinical area. Demonstrates clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required as related to various aspects of the teaching-learning process. Instructs and evaluates multiple students and creates meaningful learning assignments both in the classroom and in the clinical area. Demonstrates mastery of course content and clinical competence. Contributes in the development of school policies.
  • Promotes creative and innovative teaching learning strategies in the classroom and during the clinical experience. Participates in strategy development for educational changes at UPMC Schools of Nursing. Utilizes leadership skills to shape and implement change across all the schools of nursing. Demonstrates a commitment to nursing, the school and the program goals. Serves as a professional role model for students in the classroom and in the clinical area. Demonstrates leadership abilities in working with multiple faculty and students in the educational environment. Serves as co-chair of school committees as assigned.
  • Utilizes current literature to design evidence based teaching strategies in classroom and clinical settings. Participates in quality improvement projects and/or scholarly work. Shares learning from outcomes with other faculty and schools of nursing. Participates in the Systematic Program Evaluation Process. Utilizes assessment and evaluation data to improve student performance.
  • Utilizes teaching strategies grounded in educational theory and evidence based teaching practice. Provides quality classroom and clinical instruction to groups of nursing students. Uses personal attributes in facilitating student learning. Recognizes the influence of teaching styles and interpersonal interactions on learner outcomes. Creates opportunities for learner to develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills.


  • MSN enrollment required for Assistant Clinical Instructor level
  • MSN required for Nursing Instructor level
  • 3 years of clinical practice.
  • Previous teaching or precepting experience, preferred. 
  • The individual must be able to provide classroom instruction to nursing students in their area of expertise and provide guidance, clinical instruction and evaluation to students when providing nursing care to patients served by the assigned clinical unit. 

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Appointment to this position and retention of this position is contingent upon the approval of the PA State Board of Nursing. 
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Nurse
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $29.99 to $51.22

Union Position: No

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