New UPMC Nursing Council Advances Excellence and Knowledge Worldwide

By: Courtney Caprara and Rebecca Fischer

It was fitting that on May 12, International Nurses Day, UPMC’s newly formed International Nursing Leadership Council held its first meeting. The council, made up of nursing leaders from across UPMC, established a collaborative community to facilitate the global exchange of best practices in nursing.

The council’s 15 nursing leaders represent all five countries where UPMC operates – Italy, Ireland, China, Kazakhstan and the United States.

“The size and scope of UPMC’s clinical practice and available resources create a unique learning environment for our nurses. This council provides an opportunity to foster their professional development and advance their welfare throughout our health system and around the world,” said UPMC Chief Nurse Executive Holly Lorenz, M.S.N., R.N. “This group will set and implement high standards of safety and care, while driving quality improvement in nursing.”

Through quarterly meetings, the council will leverage best practices, recognize achievements and create strong nursing connections while implementing the UPMC Nursing Vision, which aims to create the best patient experience by selecting, advancing, retaining and rewarding the highest-performing nurses. The council will also work to develop systems and programs that create consistency and excellence in patient care worldwide.

“UPMC brings high-quality care close to home through one of the largest and most experienced international divisions of any U.S. academic medical center. We plan to advocate as a council for the improvement of health standards and the availability of needed health care services for the global populations we serve,” said Siew Lee Grand-Clément, M.S.N., vice president of clinical operations, chief nursing officer and chief quality officer, UPMC International. “We want to empower all UPMC nurses to consistently address key challenges in the countries where they provide care.”

For additional information about global nursing careers at UPMC, visit the UPMC website.