System Nursing Councils

UPMC and the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence support shared governance through a formalized council structure. Representatives from each hospital and nursing areas across the system meet on a regular basis to achieve system goals. In parallel, shared governance exists at hospital and department levels.

Engaging nurses at all levels and all areas of the care continuum, they work to innovate and drive change that supports UPMC, our communities, and the profession of nursing.

Our system councils work together on community outreach as an extra means of giving to those in need.

Our eleven councils:

Leadership Council: Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research
Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research
Supports evidence-based practice and research through mentoring, oversight, sharing best practices, and reviewing policies.
Leadership Council: CNO Leadership
CNO Leadership
Designs and implements a single strategic nursing vision to enhance patient outcomes, staff engagement, and fiscal responsibility.
Leadership Council: Nursing Education
Nursing Education
Shares internal and external best practices that support and enhance nursing education to support professional development and quality care.
Leadership Council: Professional Practice
Professional Practice
Serves as the means by which all professional nurses initiate change and carry out best nursing practices.
Leadership Council: System Informatics
System Informatics
Standardizes and enhances electronic health record (EHR) to improve patient safety, communication, and nursing workflow.
Leadership Council: Coordinating
Shares best practices and constructs plans to support the nursing strategic priorities.
Leadership Council: Magnet
Works to embed the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program framework across the division while keeping unique cultures.
Leadership Council: Nursing Inclusion
Nursing Inclusion
Recruits, retains, and improves the professional development of diverse nurses.
Leadership Council: Academic Service Partnership
Academic Service Partnership
Designs collaborative strategic vision with academic partners for student pipeline and outstanding student, faculty, and preceptor experience.
Leadership Council: Nursing Advocacy
Nurse Advocacy
Promotes nursing by taking part in government activities and legislative reform.
Leadership Council: Nursing Leadership
Nursing Leadership
Serves as the agent by which nursing leaders commence change and put best nursing practices in place.


Professional nurses are the cornerstone for health care delivery, especially in hospital settings.

Nurses make a difference for patients throughout Pennsylvania as advocates and clinical experts. Nurses prevent harm and save lives. To meet patient needs, nurse staffing levels are influenced by a variety of factors that, in varying combinations, could influence patient care outcomes.

A group of UPMC nurses, led by our Nurse Advocacy Council and accompanied by members of UPMC Government Relations, traveled to Harrisburg to meet with state representatives to discuss safe staffing levels for our patients.

UPM Care Providers Lobbying for Change