International Training Center

Nurse Observership Program

The UPMC International Training Center offers a Nursing Observership Program at UPMC East Hospital. This rotational Program provides nursing professionals from around the world with observational experience at UPMC East hospital. Nurses have the opportunity to gain insights from expert clinical educators and senior hospital leaders who emphasize best practice models in nursing operations.

Program objectives for the Nurse Observership Program include:

  • Providing insights to clinical practice nurses to apply evidence-based practices in patient care
  • Developing and implementing skills to improve the patient’s experience
  • Providing opportunities to shadow in UPMC hospitals and outpatient settings that provide specialty services of interest
  • Sharing tools to develop performance improvement programs

Observation Schedule and Opportunities

Nurses participating in the Program are able to stay in Pittsburgh for up to one month to complete a shadowing and rotational experience. Nurses will have an average of 40 hours per week with UPMC clinical staff; this will include rotations, conferences, as well as nursing management meetings and dedicated time with the nursing executive team. Every effort will be made to customize the Program to suit the professional needs of nurses and their home institutions.

Nursing observers have the opportunity to shadow medical professionals that are active in their clinical areas of interest. Below is a list of specialties offered to nursing observers. For information on clinical specialties not listed below, please contact the UPMC International Training Center for details.