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Nursing at UPMC

At UPMC, our more than 21,000 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?

  • Ten UPMC hospitals have received Magnet® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • At UPMC, BSN-prepared nurses working in direct patient care receive a BSN pay differential that is one of the most competitive in the regions we serve.
  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties. It is also ranked #1 in Pittsburgh. Additionally, UPMC Mercy is nationally ranked for excellence in rehabilitation.
  • UPMC is building three new specialty hospitals focused on heart, transplant, cancer, and vision care. Current specialty hospitals include UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.
  • UPMC commits to training the next generation of nurses through our six, hospital-based nursing schools. Learn more about the UPMC Schools of Nursing.

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.

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A Message from Maribeth McLaughlin, BSN, RN, MPM

UPMC Chief Nurse Executive, Vice President, Nursing

"As a UPMC nurse, you have the ability to be a part of a variety of responsibilities, projects, and initiatives that positively impact the lives of our patients. Every nurse has a different role whether it's taking the lead in patient care, innovation, technology, or evidence-based practice. These nursing roles span all campuses in acute care and ambulatory services, and they make a difference. As UPMC nurses, you are difference makers — and that is Life Changing Medicine."

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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.

Pittsburgh Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards

Pittsburgh Magazine recognizes nurses across the region each year who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication, courage, and compassion.

This year the panel of judges reviewed 136 applications — the most in the award's history — and selected 12 UPMC and University of Pittsburgh nurses for recognition. Congratulations to UPMC's 2022 Pittsburgh Magazine Excellence in Nursing honorees.


  • Brett Fadgen, certified registered nurse anesthetist, University of Pittsburgh Physicians, received the Excellence in Nursing — Advanced Practitioner award.
  • Camellia Herisko, vice president, Operations and Strategy Implementation, UPMC Western Behavioral Health, received the Excellence in Nursing — Leadership/Executive award.
  • Jill Demirci, researcher, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, received the Excellence in Nursing — Researcher award.
  • Linda Lakdawala, advanced clinical education specialist, Nursing Education and Research Department, UPMC Shadyside, received the Excellence in Nursing — Clinical Instructor/Educator award.
  • Montanya Crosby, nurse manager, UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center, received the Excellence in Nursing — Community/Ambulatory award.

Honorable Mentions

  • Advanced Practitioner
    Rob Bauer, co-director, APP Education, UPMC Department of Critical Care Medicine, associate medical director, Adult ICU, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
    Janet Leahy, supervisor APP, Palliative Medicine, UPMC
  • Community/Ambulatory
    Christina Weiss, outpatient clinical business manager, Community Center Operations, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital Outpatient Clinic and Neighborhood Centers
  • Emerging Leader
    Erin Bernhardt, clinical manager, Inpatient Hospice, UPMC Family Hospice
  • Leadership/Executive
    Sandy Rader, president, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside
  • Researcher
    Judith Tinelli, programmatic nurse specialist, UPMC St. Margaret
    Mary Kay Gill, program administrator, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital