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Where it Began: Becoming a Full-Circle Faculty Member

UPMC Schools of Nursing, four, hospital-based nursing schools, exist to prepare our graduates to enter the workforce to become leaders in health care and advocates for their patients. Behind this goal exists our inspiring, multi-talented, and dynamic Schools of Nursing faculty, each of whom bring a different set of skills and an incredible story to the table. Join us as we share their stories


 By Tim Gill, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing

My name is Timothy Gill and I’m one of the newest faculty members at the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing. Since June 2017, I’ve entered an exciting new phase of my career and have met my first class of students who will go on to be the next generation of life changers here at UPMC.

THE THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM

My journey started in 1994 as a medical assistant. I chose the medical field initially because I thought there would be job security, but once I started to participate in patient care, my curiosity was piqued and I wanted to learn more. In 1997, I decided to begin nursing school. Besides my children being born, graduating from nursing school was the greatest accomplishment for me personally.

My first RN position was at UPMC Montefiore. My first year of working as a nurse provided me with the foundation I needed, and I continue to use those skills each day in my work life. I’ve had many exciting opportunities, including travel nursing, mental health, and supervisory work.

“Besides my children being born, graduating from nursing school was the greatest accomplishment for me personally.”

In 2008, I began to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and I graduated in 2011. I wanted to provide myself with options that having a bachelor’s degree can provide. It was at this time that I became a wound care specialist, which I loved, but I knew I wanted to go to graduate school. I earned a master’s degree in nursing education in 2016, and I did my clinical practicum here at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing. I had an excellent educational experience both on the hospital floor and in the classroom, and because I stayed in contact with one of my preceptors, Dr. Guettner, I learned of an opportunity to return to teach. I applied, interviewed, and made my (third!) return to UPMC!

ONCE A LEARNER, ALWAYS A LEARNER

As you can see, throughout my career I have had a desire to expand my knowledge base and grow professionally. I have had some wonderful learning experiences from many physicians and supervisors along the way. My pursuit of knowledge continues to this day, and I am pursuing a PhD in nursing later this fall. Because of my desire to seek knowledge and help people, being a faculty member at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing is a great fit. I feel that knowledge sharing provides an opportunity to enhance positive outcomes, and to know that I have an opportunity to shape and mold individuals who want to become nurses is very exciting for me.

“I feel that knowledge sharing provides an opportunity to enhance positive outcomes, and to know that I have an opportunity to shape and mold individuals who want to become nurses is very exciting for me.”

To see the students progress, overcome anxiety, and accomplish their goals is very rewarding. I am blessed to have two groups that are excited about becoming nurses, and it’s so satisfying and fun to teach people who are enthusiastic about learning. The faculty here at UPMC Schools of Nursing have been very helpful. They have been so welcoming and eager to help “the new guy.” This is a great team to work with, and I can’t wait for all the opportunities ahead to learn, teach, and care for those around me.


UPMC Schools of Nursing serves a diverse group of students whose unifying characteristic is their passion for patient care. Whether a recent high school graduate or a second-degree student, there’s a place for you at UPMC Schools of Nursing. Learn more about each program or schedule a campus tour.