UPMC is committed to investing in nurses like you – financially, personally, and professionally – starting on day one of your career.

Start Your Career with Confidence.

You've taken the classes, done your clinicals, and explored your interests along the way. And now you're asking: "What's next?" Whether you know what specialty you’d like to pursue or you want some more time to explore your options, UPMC is a place where graduate nurses are supported and invested in from day one.

How We Support
Our Graduate Nurses

From landing that first position after school to advancing your career later in life, UPMC is the partner you need to succeed and thrive in your nursing career. Plus, UPMC is excited to announce that graduate nurses who join our team receive a sign-on bonus of up to $15,000 and can also take advantage of our new monthly loan repayment incentive — just a few of the ways we're ways helping you start out well as you begin your career with UPMC.

Hear from Jax, a Graduate Nurse who continued his career with our team after being a student nurse at UPMC Passavant!

Monthly Loan Repayment

Tackle your student loans with UPMC’s brand new Monthly Loan Repayment incentive. Following six months of full-time employment as an RN with UPMC, Graduate Nurses are eligible¹ to receive $20,000 in loan repayment², paid over three years.

¹ Available for 2022-2024 nursing graduates. Eligible roles include full-time inpatient/procedural and surgical services RN roles for those who do not otherwise have language in their collective bargaining agreement. ² Required taxes and deductions will apply; this may be prorated depending on your employment status.

Student Loan Forgiveness and Refinancing

Navigate student loan repayment and forgiveness plan options with Savi, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness for non-profit employees, and refinance federal or private student loans at an exclusive discounted rate through UPMC’s partnership with SoFi.

Tuition Reimbursement

Advance your education at a discount, with tuition reimbursement of up to $6,000 per academic year at any accredited institution available to employees and their dependents. Additionally, explore pathways to earn your BSN or MSN degree tuition-free via UPMC’s partnership with Capella University.

My Nursing Career Ladder

Start your graduate nurse journey as a Professional Staff Nurse and build your career, your way with UPMC’s robust, self-promoting My Nursing Career Ladder*. Pave your path with promotions based on experience, contributions or certifications, and continued education with competitive salary growth. Hear more from our nurses.

* This information applies to in-scope roles and may not apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement unless specified in the union contract.

Explore Your Next Step

When it's time to figure out the answer to "What's next?" we're here to help you explore your options. UPMC’s Graduate Nurse offerings allow you to find the right home for you within our nursing family, including applying for and securing a position up to a year before your graduation date!

I'd like to explore my options and gain experience ⭣

I know exactly what I want and I'm ready to start

GN Rotational Program (GNRP)

WHO: Students who aren't certain what suits them best, want to explore different units within a specialty or hospital, or are interested in gaining experience in various areas of care.

WHY: Under the guidance of a mentor, explore different clinical skills, patient populations, and cultures while enjoying the status of a full-time employee. At the end of the program, you'll be placed on a mutually agreed-upon unit.

Note: Offered at select hospitals.

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GN Unit-Based Positions

WHO: Students who know exactly where they want to be (hospital, specialty, and unit) and/or already have experience exactly where they want to be.

WHY: You know exactly where you want to be; why wait? Jump into your area of interest right away!

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Why Choose a Career at UPMC?

UPMC prioritizes the needs of our nurses, and we remain committed to doing the right thing for our employees — for you. Nurses on our UPMC team also enjoy:

Up to five and a half weeks of Paid Time Off annually, plus seven paid holidays each year

A new, streamlined career ladder, to help you achieve your highest potential while rewarding you for your experience and education*

Flexible work arrangements, including personalized scheduling and enhanced weekend, night, and return to bedside programs

Increased on-call pay, added shift, charge, float, and resource pay differentials, premium pay, and enhanced overtime offerings

My Nursing Residency, a curriculum for all newly licensed nurses that provides you with tools for patient safety and support as a new nurse

Work with top clinicians and innovative technology in award-winning facilities including ten Magnet® status hospitals

*  This information does not apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement unless specified in the union agreement.

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Your Nursing Career

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Still a Nursing Student?

UPMC's 10-week, paid Student Nurse Internship program helps you network with nursing professionals and build skills through mentorship from a 1-on-1 preceptor and direct patient care experiences. Student nurses can also supplement their nursing education with flexible nursing support positions at UPMC.

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