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Job Description

Job Title: Graduate Nurse Rotational Program: UPMC McKeesport (Spring 2021 Grads)
Job ID: 200001HM
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8 or 12 hour shifts
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC McKeesport
Department: Resource Unit
Location: , Mckeesport PA




Are you graduating in Winter 2020 or Spring 2021 from nursing school and looking to launch your nursing career? Our Graduate Nurse Rotational Program may be the perfect fit! You will rotate through various units within the hospital to gain valuable and varied experience while working alongside an experienced nurse to help mentor and guide you in your learning. 


UPMC McKeesport is a community based hospital deeply committed to the health and well-being of the McKeesport citizens and those in the surrounding area. The facility offers a wide-range of services and includes specialty units (e.g. psych and detox/rehab.)


What is the Graduate Nurse Rotational Program (GNRP)? 

UPMC McKeesport is pleased to announce we are NOW HIRING Graduate Nurses as full-time Staff Nurses to support various hospital units as part of a special Rotational Program. The GNRP will begin in either March 2021 or July 2021.  Previous participants have had the opportunity to rotate through med/surg/step-down units with time spent on the specialty unit of your choice (OR, psych, detox/rehab or ED) for up to six months. 


Why Join the Graduate Nurse Rotational Program? 

  • Opportunity to be mentored by both a staff nurse and a nurse leader 
  • Guidance from a preceptor while on each rotation 
  • Fantastic opportunity to learn from many talented nurses and receive a broad exposure to clinical specialties 
  • Opportunity to explore and find your right ‘home’ in nursing at UPMC 


What can you Expect as a GNRP Staff Nurse? 

The Staff Nurse provides highly competent patient care and treatment while demonstrating empathy and a passion for learning. A role that requires independent judgment, fluent communication, and candid partnership, the Staff Nurse establishes relationships with physicians, other care providers, patients, and patients’ families to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. 


As a Staff Nurse and a member of the care delivery team, you will set the standards for the level and quality of nursing care and possess authority and accountability for its provision. At all times, you will exemplify a commitment to the community and to the nursing profession. 


Why Join UPMC as a Nurse?

  • Competitive wages with a BSN differential
  • An incomparable benefits package, including tuition reimbursement 
  • Top clinicians, leading researchers, and the most modern equipment and technology in health care today


What Does Placement Look Like Post-GNRP?  

  • At the end of the rotations, you will be matched to a participating unit through a mutual matching process or remain the resource pool, with consideration to union seniority. 

  • Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary based on individual experience, education, and union consideration. 



Shift/Hours: Our RNs work a rotating 8 or 12 hour shift schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage on the floor. 


Graduate Nurses are encouraged to apply. GNs must have a Temporary Practice Permit and commit to taking the NCLEX examination within 4 months of hire




  • Winter 2020 or Spring 2021 nursing graduate from an accredited nursing program.   BSNs preferred
  • Completion of UPMC Student Nurse Internship Program or student clinical transitions course at UPMC preferred 
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families. 
  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment. 
  • Critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care. 
  • Good clinical judgment. 
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of the nursing process. 


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • NIH Certification will be required within 6 months of hire for the following units: ED, CVU, ICU and 5M.
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • RN Temporary practice permit or RN license for the State of PA
  • UPMC requires that GNs take the licensure examination within 4 months of their start date or they will be terminated or demoted from the GN position, at the discretion of the BU.

    ACLS and NIH Certification required 6 months of hire date: ED, Critical Care Unit and Stepdown

    •Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
    •Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    •NIH Stroke Scale (NIH)
    •Registered Nurse (RN) OR Temporary Practice Permit (TPP)
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    UPMC is an equal opportunity employer to all applicants including Minority/ Females/ Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities 

                Salary Range: $26.31 to $35.30 / hour

                Union Position: Yes

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