Nurses Education Fund

We are committed to advancing the knowledge and specialty skills for UPMC Northwest nurses for the sole benefit of caring for you and your loved ones. Highly trained nurses have been providing expert care at Northwest for generations of patients.

100% of every gift you give stays in our area and benefits only UPMC Northwest.

Gifts are used to invest in modern clinical interactive training, like the simulation manikin that provides future nurses the training and skills needed in treating life-threatening situations. Donations also help provide for tuition, books, symposiums, conferences, online education, course materials, and other related expenses.

The Nurses Education Fund has benefited countless nurses since its creation in 1942 through the generosity of an estate gift from John E. Gill.

Housed in UPMC Northwest’s Learning Resource Center, the simulation manikin is an invaluable tool for hospital educators to provide ongoing educational opportunities to build communication and teamwork. More than 300 nurses and pre-hospital staff are trained annually on the simulations manikin.

The interactive manikin provides nurses responsible for direct patient care the advanced skills necessary to assess pulse, respirations, and heart rate during patient scenarios such as collapsed lungs, lack of air movement, or other cases when a patient’s condition deteriorates.

Being a nurse, I have the opportunity to serve others everyday and work to make a difference in their lives. – Heather Gahr, UPMC Northwest Hospital, BSN, RN

To donate to the any of these patient and family support programs, please email Theresa Edder, Executive Director, at or call (814) 676.7145. Or donate online right now!