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Student Resources at Shadyside School of Nursing

Here at Shadyside, we want to provide helpful resources to help you transition from student to nursing professional.

The Ambassador Program for Shadyside Nursing Students

Our Ambassador program at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing pairs an exceptional second year nursing student with a first year student.

The second year student ambassador offers tips for success and important information about UPMC Shadyside's clinical sites.

This provides the first year nursing student with basic support and guidance as needed.

» See the UPMC Schools of Nursing Ambassador Program Policy (PDF) to learn more.

SNAP (Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania)

The goals of SNAP are to introduce Shadyside School of Nursing students to a professional organization and promote leadership.

SNAP members:

  • Participate in educational meetings.
  • Organize charitable events.
  • Attend conferences with student nurses across Pennsylvania.

» Review the SNAP Policy at UPMC Schools of Nursing (PDF)​.

Mentorship Program at Shadyside School of Nursing

In the final semester of the Shadyside School of Nursing program, we pair students with professional nurses.

Students follow the nurse's schedule, and gradually take on more responsibility for patient care.

This valuable mentor program at Shadyside gives the student nurse time to grow in confidence and skill, while still having a well-trained nurse as a source of support.

The LifeSolutions Program for Shadyside Nursing Students

Feeling stressed? Having personal problems? Looking for someone to talk to? The LifeSolutions program can help.

Free to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing students, you can receive six sessions per problem with a mental health professional.

Sessions are available over the phone or face-to-face, and will provide you with:

  • Support and guidance.
  • Coping strategies.
  • Resources for more help.

You can call LifeSolutions — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — at 1-800-647-3327. All calls are private and kept completely confidential.

Or, visit the LifeSolutions website and use the code "shystudent" to access the program.

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