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Nursing at UPMC

At UPMC, our more than 18,000 nurses and nursing support staff devote their lives to the health and well-being of our patients. Our nurses are healers, advocates, teachers, and innovators.

UPMC has 50 specialty nursing roles across nearly 20 clinical specialties. This gives our nurses endless ways to develop professionally and grow throughout their entire careers.

Why Be a Nurse at UPMC?

Endless Ways to Build Your Nursing Career

UPMC offers chances to grow and develop in countless directions. We offer a robust career ladder for all nurses and a residency program for new nurses.

As a UPMC nurse, you can build your career by tailoring your work choices and experiences to meet your personal goals.

Choose to work in:

  • Local, urban, regional, and international settings.
  • Long-term care and rehab settings.
  • Outpatient settings at teaching hospitals.
  • And more.

See all UPMC locations.

A Message from Holly Lorenz, RN, MSN

UPMC Chief Nurse Executive

“It’s truly an amazing time to be a nurse at UPMC. We're an organization in which nurses take a leading role in patient care, innovation, and technological advancements across the enterprise. We're proud of the professional careers that our nurses develop. Their practice spans all our campuses and locations — from home health care and assisted-living facilities to our nationally ranked urban hospitals.”


See the 2020 Nursing Annual Report.

Nursing Achievements 

True to lifelong learning, our nurses prove their commitment to excellence in patient care by earning degrees and certifications. Others add to the nursing profession through evidence-based practice, research studies, and grants.

We share knowledge across the region, nation, and world through podium and poster presentations.

UPMC nurses also show leadership as they hold offices in professional organizations. Some receive honors and awards.

2021 UPNC Nurses Week Conference Awards

There were seven awards presented during the 2021 Nurses Week Celebration to individuals who made significant contributions to nursing at UPMC.

  • Rising Star in Clinical Practice — Ashley Weston, RN, BSN, senior professional staff nurse, UPMC Carlisle
  • Champion of Nursing Award — Elena Romero Dailey, MD, hospitalist medical director, UPMC Carlisle
  • Legacy of Nursing Award — Michaelene Landy, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, clinician, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
  • Spirit of Inclusion Award — Christa Bender, RN, ASN, RNC-OB, RN III, UPMC Altoona
  • Leading With Wisdom Award — Dominique Ferrier, MSN, RN, NE-BC, unit director, UPMC Passavant
  • Outstanding Preceptor Award — Brenda Gregory, RN, CCTN, senior professional staff nurse, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Outstanding Patient Advocate Award — Kate Spiering, MSN, RN, CNRN, programmatic nurse specialist, UPMC Presbyterian