Mayo Clinic in Rochester provides nurses the professional setting to practice in one of more than 60 specialties, as well as the opportunity to develop their skills into advanced practice and leadership roles. Additionally, there are many support roles in the operation of the patient care units.
The registered nurse is accountable for the coordination of nursing care, including direct patient care, patient/family education and discharge planning. The RN supports professional nursing practice across practice settings and across the continuum of care to meet the needs of the patient and family. The RN will function in the role of primary nurse, which includes accountability for planning, implementing, evaluating, and communicating all phases of nursing care for assigned primary patients from admission through discharge. The RN provides leadership through activities such as preceptor role, charge nurse assignment, and committee work.
The Summer III performs delegated tasks of direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN). The designated tasks are those which have been taught in the academic programs and/or orientation, and where the individual has demonstrated competence to a designated RN. The functions are those limited by law to unlicensed personnel. Learn more about the Summer III program.
The Nursing Education Specialist (NES) works collaboratively to design and implement competency and educational activities for nursing personnel including annual competency programs, orientation, continuing nursing education, staff development and professional development with a collaborative practice framework. The NES functions in the role of educator, facilitator, consultant, researcher, and leader.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist works collaboratively to improve the quality of patient care and promote desired patient outcomes in a designated specialty practice. The CNS functions as a leader in the roles of care provider, educator, consultant, and researcher, and is an active participant in the collaborative practice framework.
Nurse Practitioner provides basic health care for infants, children, and adults in a wide range of settings within Mayo Clinic. The primary role of an NP is to perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illness, and manage chronic disease. NPs participate in health promotion as team members in the provision of medical and health care, collaborating with professional colleagues to provide comprehensive care.
The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist takes care of patients' anesthesia needs during surgical procedures with the assistance, advice and supervision of the anesthesiologists. Duties include but are not limited to: conducting a physical assessment of the patient, preparing the appropriate anesthetic for surgery, administering the anesthetic, monitoring and maintaining anesthesia during the operation, and overseeing a patient's recovery from the anesthetic after surgery is complete.
Other expanded nursing leadership opportunities available to nurses include: nurse manager, informatics nurse specialist, discharge planning coordinator, wound ostomy continence nurse, and nurse administrator.
In addition to nursing roles, Mayo Clinic in Rochester also has roles that support the operation of the patient care unit. These roles include:
The IV technician does intravenous (IV) placement, troubleshooting, and IV site care. The IV technician performs direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of a RN. The IV technician performs the duty of IV dispatch and triages phone calls related to infusion therapy practices.
The patient care assistant helps patient care unit staff with direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse. The patient care assistant carries out activities specified by law for unlicensed nursing personnel.
The surgical core technician supports the operating room team in the care of the surgical patient, under the supervision of the core supervisor and in collaboration with the operating room team.
The unit secretary provides organizational, receptionist, and clerical support for patient care units. The unit secretary supports patient care by maintaining an efficient, well-organized unit and keeping supplies and equipment available and properly stored. The unit secretary communicates information with patients, visitors, nursing and medical staff, and other departments. The unit secretary is a resource to members of the health-care team in matters pertaining to nondirect patient care and is familiar with medical center resources.
The urology technician provides urinary catheterizations, irrigations, bladder instillations, reinforcement of self-catheterization education, ultrasonic bladder scanning, and postoperative care related to urinary drainage tubes.