UPMC | Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report

MY NURSING CAREER: NURSES BEGIN AND GROW THEIR CAREERS AT UPMC My Nursing Career, a structured career ladder program, encompasses 17 different specialty areas and continuously updates the options available to nurses in their careers. This ensures that UPMC is competitive within the market and allows for growth, development, and career advancement for all of our nurses. The goal is to enable nurses to gain experience in different areas of nursing while keeping their careers — and their expertise — within UPMC. To better focus on the needs of our patients, our staff, and our organizational priorities, we have made significant changes to our inpatient, skilled nursing, and procedural career ladders. Based on evidence and nurse focus groups, we have increased the number of promotional levels from four to seven to create new nursing opportunities. In addition, UPMC has revised the casual nurse program and added a limited casual option. The limited casual option provides a varied schedule to support nurses who are in school full-time or who may desire to be off for extended periods. Other flexible scheduling options are available including a weekend program. The My Nursing Career portal was launched earlier this year. This is an easy, automated, and transparent system that nurses can access to review projects and receive reminders of their project status. Our hospitals, service lines, outpatient centers, and physician practices offer an abundance of opportunities across UPMC for dedicated nurses who want to expand their knowledge and their careers. MY NURSING CAREER LADDER: INPATIENT, PROCEDURAL, AND SKILLED NURSING STAFF NURSE Demonstrates a basic knowledge of science, how it affects patient care, and what resources are available to assist with evidence-based practice (EBP). Requirements: Successful completion of a nursing program PROFESSIONAL STAFF NURSE Demonstrates knowledge of science and care through EBP. Participates in unit-specific quality improvement efforts and identifies opportunities for quality improvement. Requirements: 6 months of experience SENIOR PROFESSIONAL STAFF NURSE I OR SENIOR PROFESSIONAL STAFF NURSE II Demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills. Seeks opportunities to assist in changing practice through process improvement and EBP. Level one requirements: 2 years of experience + 2 standard contributions OR a certification + 1 standard contribution. Level two requirements: 2 years of experience + a certification + an annual project SENIOR PROFESSIONAL STAFF NURSE MASTER’S/ DOCTORATE OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) Mentors others through identification and development of EBP, quality improvement, and/or research and leads others in sharing learning internally and externally. Requirements: a master’s degree OR DNP + 2 years of experience + a certification + completion of a project designated by your CNO CLINICIAN Works to improve the quality of care, the work environment of outcomes, and the integration of research and best practices. Requirements: BSN + 3 years of experience SENIOR CLINICIAN MASTER’S/DNP Leads the unit through difficult and complex EBP, improves processes to advance their specialty, and facilitates the integration of process improvements into daily patient care. Requirements: master’s degree OR DNP + 3 years of leadership experience + completion of a project designated by your CNO “Our goal is to make sure that nurses know that they can have a lifelong career at UPMC.” JILL LARKIN, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CMQ/OE SENIOR DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES UPMC CENTER FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE 5 | UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence in senior professional nurses since My Nursing Career enhancements were made in March 2017. 86% INCREASE