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Nursing at St. Margaret

A Message from our Chief Nursing Officer

Image of St. Margaret CNO, Marianna Stoneburner.Marianna Stoneburner, MSN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Office, Vice President of Patient Care Services

At UPMC St. Margaret, we are dedicated to the transformation of our nursing practice through shared governance, evidence-based practice, and innovation. As the first UPMC hospital to obtain American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet® status, we are proud of our culture and dedication to excellence. UPMC St. Margaret nurses embody our values and are highly skilled healthcare professionals. We work in collaboration with other disciplines to foster a culture of excellence by empowering nurses to be leaders in evidence-based practice and research to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes.

UPMC St. Margaret is not just a great place to receive care; it is the place to start your career as a new nurse or transition to a new role as an experienced nurse. We focus on professional growth, skill development, and clinical expertise. Our nurses are dedicated to being visible in the community and surrounding nursing schools, including the UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing to assist the new generation of nurses to develop a passion for the nursing profession.

Our shared leadership structure supports growth, nurse engagement, and collaboration, focusing on our professional practice model. Our nurses are empowered to make decisions that impact care throughout the hospital through shared governance which includes unit-based councils and the following hospital councils:

  • Advocacy and Ethics Council
  • Ambulatory Council
  • Clinical Operations and Informatics Council
  • Coordinating Council
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council
  • Inclusion Council
  • Night Council
  • Professional Development Council
  • Quality Council

Working at UPMC St. Margaret will be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding career decisions that you will make.

Join us for a chance to work with cutting-edge technology, advanced therapies, and phenomenal peers!

Magnet Recognition Program®

UPMC St. Margaret has achieved and maintained Magnet® status since 2009.

Magnet® recognition reflects excellence in nursing professionalism, teamwork, and outcomes in patient care. The ANCC’s Magnet® Recognition Program distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.
Approximately 8% of U.S. hospitals have obtained initial Magnet® designation, while only 2% of hospitals have obtained Magnet® designation four times. We are looking “Forward to 4” in 2023 as UPMC St Margaret goes for our 4th Magnet® designation!

Learn more about the Magnet® Recognition Program.

Professional Nursing Accomplishments

UPMC St. Margaret nurses are recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally by professional organizations. They have also been published in journals and have presented their expertise at conferences. They have accepted awards that acknowledge their expertise, compassion, and professional involvement.

Catherine (Casey) Green, MSN, RN, CMSRN, has been a nurse at UPMC for the past 10 years. In 2018, Casey helped to develop UPMC’s first Graduate Nurse Rotational Program. This innovative program allows new nurses to work on multiple hospital units and receive 1:1 mentoring from hospital leaders. This has been a top recruitment and retention strategy for UPMC St. Margaret. Because of its success, the program has been adopted by 18 other hospitals throughout the UPMC system. Casey has presented her work on this project at conferences with both poster and podium presentations, including winning a People’s Choice and Education and Innovation Award.

Sarah Foley, BSN, RN, is a Nurse Educator at UPMC St. Margaret who exemplifies UPMC nursing. She was in the August 2018 pioneer class of our UPMC St. Margaret Medical-Surgical Rotational Program. She advanced her career and became a preceptor of new nurses and represented our hospital at the UPMC Academic Service Partners Committee Summit 2019. In 2020, she was named the “Rising Star in Clinical Practice” for all of UPMC.

Julie Forbes, MSN, MBA, RN, CMSRN, is the Senior Clinician of Capacity Management and NICHE Coordinator. She presented her work, “AHP Decision Modeling; A Benefit/Cost Analysis to Assess Patient Care Attendant Approaches in a Hospital” with Abigail Hebb, MSN, RN, at the Dr. Enrique Mu Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems in September 2018 in Croatia. She was also selected to present “Ethical Decision making in Action: Evaluating Hospital Care Attendant Approach” in July 2018 at the Dr. Enrique Mu International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process in Hong Kong where she was awarded for Most Innovative Idea in the Health Care Track.

Kristen Killian, DNP, BS, RN, ENLS, has been an Advanced Clinical Education Specialist with UPMC St. Margaret since September 2019. Kristen was appointed as the UPMC St. Margaret WISER Simulation Center co-director, along with Kendallyn White, MSN, RN, CMSRN. Together with WISER and the UPMC St. Margaret facilities and IT teams, they worked to create a space for all staff to engage in simulation-based learning. Kristen was recently accepted to two conferences for her work in simulation education including the 2022 International Congress, sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau, held in Edinboro, Scotland in July 2022, as well as the National League of Nursing 2022 Education Summit, held in Las Vegas, Nevada in September 2022.

Denise Krall, BSN, RN, was the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Perianesthesia Nurses Association. Denise, Senior Professional Staff Nurse II, works tirelessly to advance the perianesthesia nursing profession, serving on three national strategic work teams. These teams include well-being, education approval, and national conference planning.

Angela Trimpey, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the Education Clinician for the Operating Room. She has a passion for nursing certification and has worked to help nurses in her department become certified in their specialty. Her work has led to the achievement of the CNOR (Certified Perioperative Nurse) Strong Award two years in a row, which demonstrates continued dedication to perioperative excellence.

Kendallyn White, MSN, RN, CMSRN, is an Advanced Clinical Education Specialist at UPMC St Margaret who has been a registered nurse with UPMC since 2012. She has presented her work in program development at the 2020 and 2021 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Conference. She also presented her work on the implementation of a new competency assessment model at the National Association for Nursing Professional Development Conference in San Antonio, Texas in 2022.

View the Nursing Annual Report to learn more about our nurses.

UPMC St. Margaret Professional Practice Model

St. Margaret Professional Practice ModelAt UPMC St. Margaret, our professional practice model is founded on relationship-based care. This framework focuses on servant and compassionate leadership, commitment to self, and cultivating meaningful relationships with peers, patients, and families. Our professional practice model is represented by the sunflower.
The nurse is the constant for those that we serve, however, the nurse alone cannot drive excellence. It is the unifying mission to care for self and others and to focus on the patient and family as the center of what and how we do it as a team of healthcare professionals. The delivery of care is interprofessional using our values of Caring and Listening, Quality and Safety, Responsibility and Integrity, Dignity and Respect, and Excellence and Innovation.
Our professional practice model aligns with the UPMC vision of “putting our patients, health plan members, employees, and the community at the center of everything we do and creating a model that ensures the patient gets the right care, in the right way, at the right time, every time.”

UPMC St. Margaret My Nursing Residency Program

UPMC My Nurse Residency is a 12-month program that is based on the Vizient AACN Graduate Nurse Residency Program. My Nursing Residency is designed to support new nurses during the transition from student to professional nurse. The curriculum covers three main categories essential for transition to practice including leadership, quality outcomes, and the professional role. An experienced team of clinical nurse educators, staff nurses, and nurse leaders provides ongoing support and mentoring for each nurse resident. Our hospital is a leader in graduate nurse satisfaction with our program, as evidenced by data from the Casey Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey.

During My Nursing Residency, nurses complete a project that aims to improve patient care. In 2021, two nurses were accepted to present their work at the 2021 Vizient Clinical Workforce and Nurse Residency Conference, which is a first for the UPMC system!

  • Jennifer Vonada, BSN, RN, PCCN, CNIM, presented her project, “Patient Education-A Relationship Between Medication Knowledge, Patient Satisfaction, and Hospital Readmissions.” This initiative reinforced the individualized patient care plan with patient education. Nurses were instructed to highlight new or important medications on the patients’ Daily Plan of Care during bedside shift report and then follow up with the patient about their medications throughout their hospital stay. At the conclusion of her project, nurse communication HCHAPS scores increased by 11.7%, and readmissions improved by 44.2%. Since completing her work, she now serves as a facilitator for the My Nursing Residency program, mentoring others as they transition to practice.
  • Markie Maraugha Stocke, ASN, RN, CCRN, is a graduate of the UPMC St. Margaret Critical Care Rotational Program. She presented her work, “Making the Case for Real-Time Validation: Reducing CLABSIs in the ICU.” Her project focused on central line care and central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) prevention in the ICU. Because of her work, cultural changes happened at the bedside that resulted in zero CLABSIs in the ICU!

For more information, please contact Jennifer Parrotte at parrottej@upmc.edu.

Shared Leadership Decision Making at UPMC St. Margaret

UPMC St. Margaret supports a structure of autonomy, excellence, and innovation. Our shared governance structure looks at our destination in professional nursing and how we can contribute to the culture of nursing excellence. Shared governance empowers nurses at every level to participate in decision-making and make hospital-wide changes using the best evidence.

The Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council promotes nursing clinical research within our hospital. Their initiatives have made an impact not only at UPMC St. Margaret but also throughout the UPMC system.

  • The Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council initiated an online journal club in March 2020. Nurses can read current nursing literature on topics relevant to their practice and obtain continuing education credits. The journal club is now used by the nurses throughout the UPMC system.
  • To promote the dissemination of research and quality projects, the Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council hosts the annual Clinical Research Forum. The Clinical Research Forum has been recognizing the work of UPMC nurses since 2005. All UPMC hospitals are encouraged to be a part of the Clinical Research Forum by either presenting their work or attending the conference in person or virtually.
  • The Council mentors nurses in evidence-based practice and Institutional Review Board research projects and abstract development. Evidence-based cultures need mentors to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Our council supports innovations and encourages policies to be research-driven. Our council collaborates with interdisciplinary groups to promote innovation in practice and the dissemination of nursing best practices.

The Professional Development Council (PDC) is responsible for driving the professional development of nurses at UPMC St. Margaret. The main goals of the PDC are retention, recruitment, and recognition, with a strong focus on Magnet®. They sponsor various recognition and developmental events such as the DAISY award, Cameos of Caring, Certified Nurses Day, and Nurses Week. Community outreach is also an important pillar of the PDC structure. In 2021, the PDC began driving the unit-based shared governance councils by mentoring and developing the chairs of the unit councils. The PDC was instrumental in developing the structure of the unit-based councils and continues to offer support.

UPMC St. Margaret’s Accomplishments and Awards

Magnet® status for nursing excellence is only the beginning of the recognition for UPMC St. Margaret. UPMC St. Margaret is consistently recognized for meeting the highest standards of patient care, safety, and outcomes. Below is a list of recent awards and recognition.

UPMC St. Margaret Nurses are Involved in Their Community

At UPMC St. Margaret, we are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of those we serve. Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other UPMC St. Margaret staff spend time each month serving our immediate community through the “Roots of Faith” program, which is a ministry of Faith United Methodist Church. A variety of free services are offered including blood pressure checks, vaccination, “Ask the Doctor,” and free meals. UPMC supports staff participation in events that strengthen the relationship between the community and the hospital.

View the Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF).

View the Allegheny County Community Health Needs Assessments (PDF).

Careers

UPMC St. Margaret offers innovative employment programs to fit your career needs.

  • UPMC St. Margaret has a Dual Offer Program where nurses can select two units they would like to work.
  • The Medical-Surgical Rotational Program is a 6-month full-time program for new graduate nurses that allows them to gain valuable experience on several different units before selecting a unit for employment.
  • The Acute Care Rotational Program is a full-time, 34-week program for graduate nurses. Nurses work in critical nursing areas before beginning a rewarding nursing career at UPMC.
    • Stepdown Unit
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Emergency Department
    • Post Anesthesia Care Unit
    • Interventional Radiology/Cardiology
    • GI Lab
  • UPMC St. Margaret offers a full-time Surgical Rotational Program for graduate nurses interested in surgical nursing care areas.
    • Orthopedic Unit
    • Surgical Unit
    • Ambulatory Surgical Unit
    • Preoperative Unit
    • Post Anesthesia Care Unit
    • IV Team
  • Nursing students are invited to apply for the Student Nurse Intern Program, which is a 10-week paid internship opportunity for students who have completed their junior year or equivalent. Student nurse interns to gain hands-on experience while working with an experienced nurse preceptor in a 1-on-1 setting.

Want to be a nurse at UPMC St. Margaret? 

Are you starting your nursing career? Are you interested in joining our innovative team? Are you ready to find your place at a Magnet® hospital?

Working at UPMC St. Margaret means working with a team that supports cutting-edge technology, engaged nurses, and innovations in nursing practice. We help you build your nursing professional career so you are a nurse leader that builds the innovations of tomorrow.

Learn more about our open positions.