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UPMC complies with all governmental requirements related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 vaccination for employment. The Jan. 13 Supreme Court of the United States decision that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate will move forward requires UPMC to ensure employees either get vaccinated or receive a requested medical or religious exemption.

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Graduate Nurse: UPMC East


Are you a current student nurse graduating in Fall/Winter 2022, Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 and looking to continue your nursing career at UPMC?  

UPMC East is pleased to announce we are NOW HIRING Graduate Nurses as full-time Professional Staff Nurses. Graduate Nurse Opportunities are highly sought-after and help recent graduates launch their nursing career at UPMC!  

UPMC East Unit Descriptions: 

  • 3E ICU- The Intensive Care Unit provides care to patients requiring life-sustaining medication drips and mechanical ventilation. These critically ill patients call for 24/7 hands on care from nurses and interdisciplinary staff.  

  • 3W Stepdown- The patient population on the Stepdown unit typically require increased care from MedSurg units but less than ICU. These patients are critically ill but stable at that time.  

  • 5E MedSurg/Oncology- This unit’s level of acuity ranges from observation patients to cancer patients requiring chemotherapy transfusions. Once certified, the nurse can administer the chemotherapy.  

  • 6W Post-Surgical- The post-surgical nurse is responsible for providing care to the patient following surgery. This includes total hip replacements, knee replacements, broken legs, etc.  

  • 6E Rehab- This is an inpatient rehabilitation facility known for their intense rehab schedule following strokes, neurological disorders, limb loss, etc. The nurse is responsible for 24/7 care, ADLs, and getting patients to and from rehab in a timely manner. 

  • 4 East Med/Surg- The medical-surgical unit cares for a wide variety of medical and post-op patients, adolescent through geriatric. It also serves as our Telemetry floor, where patients with cardiac conditions will find care. 

  • CDU- The Clinical Decision unit is where patients go to be evaluated for a specialty hospital. (ex: critical burns or psychiatric needs) 

  • ED- The Emergency Department is a non-age-specific unit that provides care for levels of acuity ranging from chest pain or abdominal pain to stroke, gunshot wounds, or stabbings. This is a fast-paced unit that requires great focus and time-management. 

  • Resource Unit- The Resource unit is a place to develop multiple skills and care for patients with a mixed variety of diagnoses. Resource RNs develop skills to be highly flexible, and work well in teams. The RN has the opportunity to be assigned to all medical surgical units, the Clinical Decision Unit, and, in time, advance to provide care in the Stepdown Unit. Previous health care experience is preferred, but not required. 

What can you Expect as a Professional Staff Nurse? 

The Professional 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 Professional 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 Professional 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. 

How does UPMC Support our Nurses? 

UPMC is committed to investing in nurses like you –financially, personally, and professionally –starting on day one of your career. From tackling student loans to advancing your career later in life, UPMC is the partner you need to succeed and thrive in your nursing career. 

Here are a few examples of how we support our nurses: 

  • Generous Sign-On Bonus of up to $10,000* for Graduate Nurses (*Amount and eligibility based on type of nursing role and candidate experience)  

  • UPMC’s brand new Monthly Loan Repayment program, exclusively for 2022 nursing graduates, offering $20,000* in loan repayment paid over three years (*Eligible flex full-time RN roles to receive prorated amount)  

  • Up to five and a half weeks of Paid Time Off annually, plus seven paid holidays each year 

  • Dedicated career ladders, including a brand-new nursing career ladder added just this year, allowing you to achieve your highest potential while rewarding you for your experience and advanced education  

  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $6,000 per academic year at any accredited institution, available to employees and their dependents (plus discounts for UPMC employees including no cost RN-BSN/MSN options!) 

  • Top clinicians, leading researchers, and the most modern equipment and technology in health care today 


Shifts/Hours: Our RNs work a rotating 12-hour schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage on the floor. 

Graduate Nurses must be eligible for State Board Licensure and successfully pass the examination before beginning this role OR ability to start with TPP and must obtain license within 6 months amount of time of beginning position. Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary from the My Nursing Career Ladder based on their individual experience and education. 


  • 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 patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.
  • Minimum six months experience.
  • BSN preferred.
  • 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.
  • Good clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care.
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of the nursing process.
  • Mobility and visual manual dexterity. Physical stamina for frequent walking, standing, lifting and positioning of patients. 


License, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • UPMC approved national certification preferred.Current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse either in the state where the facility is located or in a state covered by a licensure compact agreement with the state where the facility is located.CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire 
    ACLS required within 1 year of hire date  
    NIH required within 6 months of hire date 
     Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
    Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 
    NIH Stroke Scale (NIH) 
    Registered Nurse (RN) 
    Act 33 with renewal 
    Act 34 with renewal 
    Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal 

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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