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Nursing at UPMC Shadyside


At UPMC Shadyside, we offer nurses many ways to advance their careers and make an impact on patients.

Our nurses are passionate and skilled caregivers. They're always looking for chances to grow professionally and improve the care of their patients.

Pairing their education achievements and valued experiences, our nurses hold a deep commitment to helping the community and others reach their potential.

As a Magnet® hospital, the driving forces behind UPMC Shadyside are:

  • Nurse professionalism
  • Quality of care
  • Evidence-based practice

A Message from Sandy Rader, DNP, MSA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President, Patient Care Services
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside


"The mission for nursing at UPMC Shadyside is to promote nursing excellence through education, research, and best practice. All while keeping the patient as the central focus of our care. Our nurses set the standards for nursing care while providing individualized care to each patient and family.

At UPMC Shadyside, our nurses provide excellent patient care in a collaborative and innovative environment. We empower nurses to drive change in patient care and their work environment.

Nurses play a vital role in advancing health care through education and research. Our leadership team ensures staff has the support, knowledge, and skills to deliver quality care in a rapidly changing and technologically advanced environment.

Our Nursing Education and Research staff leads new nurses through a year-long Nurse Residency Program. We urge experienced nurses to advance through the My Nursing Career (MNC) Development Program. MNC rewards and salutes nurses for their contributions and professional growth.

Our Shared Leadership structure is very strong with various councils. We offer nurses the opportunity to take part in shared decision-making and encourage them to drive their practice and embrace autonomy. Professional practice flourishes through collaboration with interdisciplinary team members.

Working at UPMC Shadyside can be one of the most rewarding career decisions you will ever make.

Join us for the chance to work with cutting-edge technology, advanced therapies, phenomenal peers, and grateful patients!”

» Visit UPMC Careers to learn more about nursing jobs and apply.

UPMC Shadyside Nurses Give Back

  • Tyler Traister, DNP, RN-BC, leads weekly “Dinner Chats” with people living with HIV and AIDs. These chats are interactive and open discussions intended to build a sense of community. Topics range from aromatherapy to health promotion and maintenance. 
  • Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, works as the Diabetes Programmatic Nurse Specialist at UPMC Shadyside. As of January 1, 2019, she serves as President-Elect of the American Associate of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Kellie has been a certified diabetes educator since 1990 and joined the local board of AADE in 2008.
  • The UPMC Shadyside Professional Practice Development Council, a council made up of one representative from each of UPMC Shadyside’s 57 units, raised money to purchase new and gently used scrubs for nurses at Adventist Health Feather River Health Center in Paradise, California. Due to the 2018 California wildfires, some of the staff at Adventist Health, whom lived within the communities destroyed by the wildfire, lost everything.   

Shared Leadership Councils at UPMC Shadyside

Nursing leaders are always seeking ways to improve the work setting in their organizations. Using a shared leadership model supports a journey to promote a culture of nursing excellence. 

Our shared leadership structure is a way to strengthen nursing practices representing our Professional Practice Model (PPM). The main goal of shared leadership is to support nursing's desire to be in control over their practice setting. 

At UPMC Shadyside, we're lucky to be able to build upon a rich history of transformational nursing leadership. As a result, we've built a viable PPM within an ever-changing health care environment. 

Learn more about UPMC Shadyside's Professional Practice Model (PDF).