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Nursing at UPMC Passavant

At UPMC Passavant, we offer nurses many ways to advance their careers and make an impact on patients.

Our nurses are compassionate and highly skilled health care professionals. They are always looking for chances to grow professionally and improve the care of their patients.

Pairing their educational achievements and valued experiences, our nurses hold a deep commitment to helping the community and others reach their potential.

Lasting Friendships and Experienced Mentors

57% of our nurses have been with us for more than five years.

A Message from Lisa Bryan-Morris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President, Patient Care Services
UPMC Passavant

As nurses at UPMC Passavant, we are leading the transformation of our nursing practice through evidence-based practice, research, and innovation while fostering a healthy professional practice environment with our collaborative partners. We are dedicated to ensuring a compassionate patient- and family-centered experience, with a focus on safety and quality.

Our Nursing Education staff leads new nurses through a year-long Nursing Residency Program. The goal of the Nursing Residency program is to develop competence and confidence in the new nurse throughout the first year of nursing practice. We then urge experienced nurses to advance through the My Nursing Career (MNC) Development Program. MNC rewards and salutes nurses for their contributions and professional growth.

We consider our professional staff nurses to be leaders. Our Shared Leadership Structure supports inter-professional collaboration and effective communication to make safe, quality patient care decisions. The outcome of shared leadership is greater accountability for practice, greater nurse satisfaction, improved clinical outcomes and greater efficiency.

Our nurses participate in hospital-wide decisions through the following councils:

  • Patient Care Executive Council
  • Coordinating Council
  • Patient Care Leadership Council
  • Professional Practice Council
  • Interdisciplinary Informatics Council
  • Evidence-Based Quality and Research

Working at UPMC Passavant can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding career decisions you will ever make. Join us for the chance to work with cutting-edge technology, advanced therapies, phenomenal peers, and the fulfillment that comes from enhancing the health of the communities we serve.

Magnet Recognition Program®

Since 2017, UPMC Passavant has achieved Magnet® status.

Magnet® recognition reflects excellence in nursing professionalism, teamwork, and outcomes in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. As of January 2021 only 8% of all U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet designation.

Learn more about the Magnet® Recognition Program

UPMC Passavant Nurses Give Back

Christine Defibaugh, RN held a Yoga fundraiser class to support a project on the oncology floor. She collected supplies and then created “Chemo Comfort Baskets” filled with scarves, puzzles, snacks, fuzzy socks, lotions, lip balm and lap blankets.

Brenda Schafer, RN, RNCM created a “patient closet” in the Care Management Office. She noticed a trend of patients coming from far distances to receive their care and not having anyone to pick them up at discharge. Many patients did not have clothes, coats, or sometimes even shoes for the travel home in vans or ambulances. Now they have the “closet”!

Kelley Szelc, MSN, RN, CDCES organized a free Diabetes Support Group that meets frequently. Patients share their daily challenges with others and learn tips for healthy living in a supportive environment.

Kathleen Bryte, MSN, RN, OCN, Mary McLaughlin, MSN, RN, OCN and Elizabeth Shumaker, MSN, RN developed a colon cancer screening program which lessened the barriers to preventive screening. The free program included FIT testing along with small group education and follow-up procedures.

Maggie Lattanzio, MSN, RN, CCRN, continued her never-ending goal of seeing a world free of heart disease and stroke by organizing the annual Heart Walk in support of the American Heart Association.

Betsy Tedesco, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CEN, PHRN, and her team of clinical nursing leaders and educators offered the annual Domestic Violence Seminar to enhance the knowledge of this important topic for healthcare providers, legal professionals, social workers, teachers, clergy, and the general public.

UPMC Passavant Professional Nursing Accomplishments

Our nurses at UPMC Passavant are visible regionally and nationally in professional organizations and boards, assuming leadership roles in some cases. They have also shared their expertise in a variety of professional peer reviewed publications and presentations. We are so proud of our UPMC Passavant nurses!

Learn more about our accomplishments

Shared Leadership Councils at UPMC Passavant

Nursing leaders are always seeking ways to improve the work setting in their organizations. Using a shared leadership model supports a journey to promote a culture of nursing excellence.

Our shared leadership structure is a way to strengthen nursing practices representing our Professional Practice Model (PPM). The main goal of shared leadership is to support nursing's desire to be in control over their practice setting. Some of the recent accomplishments of our councils include:

  • The Professional Practice Council revised the Inexperienced PCT Orientation program to address PCT and APCT turnover. The new program will include additional time on the nursing unit with a Clinical Education Specialist.
  • The Evidence-Based Quality and Research Council presented its annual “Jingle & Mingle” event which gave senior level nurses on the career ladder the opportunity to present posters outlining their nursing projects.

UPMC Passavant Professional Practice Model

At UPMC Passavant, our Professional Practice Model is built upon seven key components:

  1. Values for Patient Care
  2. Patient and Family-Centered Care
  3. Professional Partnerships
  4. Inclusion and Equity
  5. Shared Leadership
  6. Professional Growth and Development
  7. Community Partnerships

Our Professional Practice Model is symbolized by the beautiful stained- glass mosaic tree in our lobby which represents the caring contributions and combined efforts of every staff member at UPMC Passavant.

An Award-Winning Hospital with Award-Winning Services!

Along with achieving Magnet® status for nursing excellence, UPMC Passavant has received many other awards recognizing our exceptional services.

Learn more about our accomplishments and awards


Interested in starting or continuing your nursing career? Come join a team that’s committed to you – and make UPMC Passavant the place where you change lives!

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