University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Careers – Graduate Nurse Opportunities: UPMC Shadyside – ICU



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

UPMC Shadyside is pleased to announce we are


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!

About UPMC Shadyside ICU

UPMC Shadyside, an ANCC Magnet recognized hospital since 2012, is a renowned teaching hospital and center of ongoing cutting edge research and education. 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.

About Our Intensive Care Units

4 West

– NSICU: The Neuroscience ICU at UPMC Shadyside specializes in care for neurological, neuro-surgical, stroke, and seizure patients. Our patients are typically post-op for procedures such as craniotomies, spinal surgeries, and de-bulking, though we also receive overflow patients from other ICUs. RNs in the NICU are part of the Nurse Driven Stroke Assessment team as well, responding to all in-house strokes within the hospital.


– The Medical-Surgical ICU at UPMC Shadyside is an 8-bed critical care facility primarily serving patients recovering from thoracic and foregut surgeries, though we also occasionally see other types of medical and surgical patients including vascular, urological, and orthopedic. We are a small unit with a caring culture and a focus on patient comfort and safety.


– 2 Main – The Cardiothoracic ICU at UPMC Shadyside is an 18-bed critical care facility specializing in care for high acuity cardiac patients. Patients on our unit are typically post-op for procedures such as open heart surgery, valve placement and repair, and abdominal aneurysm dissection. We work with Intra Aortic Balloon Pumps, lumbar drains, Swan-Ganz catheters, CRRT, and vasoactive drips, and receive some overflow from other ICUs during high census. 2 Main is a fast-paced ICU that requires nurses with excellent critical thinking skills and adaptability.


– 4 West – The Surgical ICU at UPMC Shadyside is a two-time AACN Beacon Award-winning critical care unit that cares for a variety of surgical patients, excluding open heart and neurosurgery. Our primary focus is surgical oncology, however our patient population also includes critically ill medical patients as well as vascular, urological, and general surgical patients with post-operative complications. We frequently use continuous cardiac and invasive pressure monitoring, ventilators, BIPAP, CRRT, wound vacs, and drains. Nurses on the unit are responsible for administering and titrating various infusions including anti-arrhythmics, insulin, vasopressors, sedatives, and paralytics. The SICU at Shadyside is a collaborative, innovative, highly supportive team that welcomes RNs who are energetic, self-motivated, and patient-centered.


– Cardiac/Medical ICU – The Medical ICU at UPMC Shadyside is a 20-bed critical care facility, the largest of Shadyside’s ICUs. We primarily care for critically ill oncology medical, cardiac, and post stem cell transplant patients, however, due to our size, we frequently receive overflow from many other areas of the hospital. You can expect to see procedures such as tracheostomies and bronchoscopies right at the bedside,as well as the use of ventilators, vasopressors, and CRRT machines. We are very team-oriented here, which is important as the MICU can feel hectic at times; the MICU is an extremely rewarding environment for nurses who enjoy thinking on their feet to meet challenges and solve problems.

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 2022/2023 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


: 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 four months 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.



  • Graduate Nurses that are eligible for the State Board Licensure and Staff Nurses with nursing experience will be considered for this position if they have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a BSN.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Licensure, Certifications, And Clearances

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • 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.
  • UPMC approved national certification preferred.
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 34

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.

Total Rewards

More than just competitive pay and benefits, UPMC’s Total Rewards package cares for you in all areas of life — because we believe that you’re at your best when receiving the support you need: professional, personal, financial, and more.

Our Values

At UPMC, we’re driven by shared values that guide our work and keep us accountable to one another. Our Values of Quality & Safety, Dignity & Respect, Caring & Listening, Responsibility & Integrity, Excellence & Innovation play a vital role in creating a cohesive, positive experience for our employees, patients, health plan members, and community. Ready to join us? Apply today.

Job Details:

Company: UPMC

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Pittsburgh, PA

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