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Graduate Nurse Rotational Program: Shadyside Hospital – Surgical Track (Spring 2024 Graduates)

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  • You must have a BSN, completed UPMC Student Nurse Internship, and possess critical thinking skills for this Graduate Nurse Rotational Program at Shadyside Hospital. Current PA licensure and BLS/CPR certification required.
  • You will rotate through different surgical units, caring for post-op patients recovering from various surgeries, managing drains and tubes, providing wound care, patient education, physical therapy support, and working with a diverse patient population to deliver compassionate, high-quality care.

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  • Are you graduating in Spring 2024 from nursing school and looking and looking to launch your nursing career? Our Graduate Nurse Rotational Program may be the perfect fit! This program rotates through various units including 3 Main, 4 Main, 3 West, 7 West, and 6/7 Pav within Shadyside Hospital’s Surgical Service Line. During this program, you will gain valuable and varied experience while working alongside an experienced nurse to help mentor and guide you in your learning.


  • BSN Preferred
  • Completion of UPMC Student Nurse Internship Program or student clinical transitions course at UPMC preferred.
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately with the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department policy and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families.
  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, and handle multiple/changing priorities and specialized equipment.
  • Critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving abilities required as related to various aspects of patient care.
  • Good clinical judgment.
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of the nursing process.
  • Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse required prior to program start date OR must have a Temporary Practice Permit and commit to taking the NCLEX examination within FOUR months of hire.
  • UPMC-approved national certification is preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
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Area of Responsibilities



  • UPMC Shadyside’s Surgical Service Line consists of several departments all with a unique surgically based focus. Each unit is staffed by nurses who are specialists in their respective fields and provide compassionate care and clinical excellence.
  • 3 Main-Thoracic Surgery: 3 Main is a 38-bed surgical unit caring for post-op thoracic patients. 3 Main cares for high-acuity patients recovering from various thoracic surgeries such as minimally invasive esophagectomy, thoracotomy, lobe resections, and wedge resections. 3 Main also care for interventional cardiac patients from the cath lab and electrophysiology lab, as well as post op vascular surgery and surgical oncology patients. 3 Main is a teaching unit with a dynamic learning environment, where nurses will gain experience with chest tubes, nasogastric tubes, pca/nerveblocks, cardiac monitors, and arrythmia IV drips. 3 Main is fast-paced and team-oriented and serves as Shadyside’s surgical stepdown unit.
  • 4 Main-Surgical Oncology: 4 Main encompasses patients who are recovering from post-surgical procedures for the treatment of life-altering cancers. These surgical procedures include cytoreductive (debulking) surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy treatment, Whipple procedures, colon resections, liver resections, and other abdominal/rectal procedures. Nurses on 4 Main are exposed to many different types of tubes and drain that our patients experience in their post-surgical phase. These drains include (but are not limited to) wound vacs, ileostomies, colostomies, feeding tubes, Jackson Pratt (JP) drains, pigtail catheters, and chest tubes. Patients on this unit require staff members that are highly motivated, encouraging, and driven to provide patients with the best possible experiences and outcomes.
  • 3 West-Orthopedics Surgery: 3 West is an Orthopedic unit that specializes in total joint replacement, orthopedic oncology surgical services, spine surgery, sports injuries, and a wide range of medical management. New and experienced nurses will experience an exciting range of services including wound care, surgical recovery, patient education, and the opportunity to see motivated patients work to get back on their feet through physical therapy and other nursing modalities.
  • 7 West-Neuro Surgical/Oncology: 7 West is a 24-bed newly renovated Neuro-Oncology/Neuro-Surgery unit that cares for postoperative craniotomies and spinal surgeries related to tumor debulking, stroke patients, and acute/chronic neurological conditions. We also see a diverse population of oncology patients and some medical patients. We are a high-performing unit that focuses on patient-centered care. Among patient care, nurses will have the opportunity to participate in hospital-based councils and committees, as well as continued unit development/education and quality projects. This is a team-oriented unit with a supportive staff, leaders, and Neurosurgeons.
  • 6/7 Pavilion Med/Surg Urology: 6/7 Pav is a Medical-Surgical unit that provides care for surgical urology patients, surgical oncology patients, ENT patients, and various medical patients. Our patient population’s variety provides a broad knowledge base of medical and surgical patients. Most of our urological patients are diagnosed with renal, bladder, and/or prostate disease. We receive patients directly from the recovery room, the emergency room, and direct admissions. 6/7 Pavilion is a teaching unit and our nurses work closely with interns, residents, and fellows.


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