When you seek care at Mayo Clinic, you will encounter professional nurses. They work in every setting — hospital, rehab center, hospice, outpatient clinic, surgical center, laboratory — and in all specialty areas. Mayo Clinic nurses are committed to providing outstanding care for patients, families and communities. That commitment to excellence is why Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have achieved Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

In addition to its three campuses, Mayo Clinic includes Mayo Clinic Health System. The system's clinics, hospitals and health care facilities serve more than 60 communities in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. These sites provide highly skilled professional nursing services to their local communities.

Team-based care

Mayo Clinic nurses are vital members of your care team. They are part of an interdisciplinary team with doctors, pharmacists, patient educators, dietitians, social workers, integrative medicine and health practitioners, and others, depending on your needs and plan of care. Nurses work in every medical and surgical specialty.

Contributions of professional nursing at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's nursing excellence is based on a professional practice model that centers on you and your family. That core commitment is enhanced by a culture that values clear communication, diversity and inclusion, professional growth, and support for nursing's voice in affecting meaningful changes to patient care and the work environment.

Mayo Clinic nurses fulfill many roles, including:

  • Caring healer. The compassionate care offered by Mayo Clinic nurses incorporates evidence-based best practices, research and feedback from patients. Your nurses assess, evaluate and monitor you, and they carry out many other responsibilities, such as taking your vital signs. They listen to your concerns so that they can provide individualized care.
  • Teacher. Mayo Clinic nurses are health educators for patients, families and communities. They are supported in this work by premier patient education centers at each Mayo Clinic campus.
  • Navigator. Your nurse advocates for you and guides you and your family on your health care journey. Your nurse also coordinates with other members of the care team. Clinical nurses help prepare you for discharge from the hospital and transition to the next level of care.
  • Problem-solver. Professional nurses are trained to be proactive problem-solvers in every care setting. That may involve coordinating the care of people with complex medical needs, assessing processes to enhance value and efficiency, anticipating a complication in a patient's condition, and responding to unexpected challenges.

Other contributions of professional nurses at Mayo Clinic include:

  • Participating in shared decision-making on the unit and in departmental and organizational committees
  • Leading, participating in and disseminating evidence-based nursing practices that yield safe, high-quality patient care
  • Partnering with interdisciplinary teams to drive change that improves patient care
  • Committing to process simplifications that remove barriers to excellent care
  • Implementing and using new technology to meet patient needs
  • Conducting research to improve patient care

Learn more about nursing roles at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic is committed to nursing excellence through education, research and outstanding patient care and innovation. The Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing is one of the largest and most respected groups of nurses in the world.

Magnet designation

Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have been awarded Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. In the nursing profession, Magnet status is considered the gold standard that demonstrates a commitment to quality, safety and improvement, teamwork, evidence-based practice and research, and formal nursing education. The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program awards this prestigious designation to health care organizations that exemplify transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, and continual innovation and improvements in professional nursing practice.

In 1997 Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was the fifth in the nation to receive Magnet designation from the ANCC. Since then each of the clinic's campuses — in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota — has achieved Magnet designation or redesignation through a process of continual improvement and an unwavering commitment to excellence in nursing.

Top ranked

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report has named Mayo Clinic to its annual list of "Best Hospitals" for more than 20 years. Hospitals named to the Honor Roll are part of a small group recognized for breadth of excellence.

To be included on the Honor Roll, a medical center must rank at or near the top in at least six of the 16 medical specialties included in the rankings. Mayo Clinic consistently ranks high for gastroenterology, kidney disease and disorders, heart care, cancer, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, urology and other specialties.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on factors such as mortality index, patient safety, nurse staffing and Magnet status, patient services, and technology. Current U.S. News & World Report transplant-related rankings include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and heart care
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urology

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's quality rankings.

Mayo Clinic supports the conduct of nursing research. Mayo Clinic has Ph.D.-prepared nurses that lead and partner in original research studies that address unmet patient needs to advance patient care. Nurses at Mayo Clinic, regardless of educational level or position, are encouraged to engage in research through unit-based clinical trials and interactions with investigators.

Areas of particular research interest include:

  • Testing the efficacy of self-management of sedative therapy for anxiety among critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilatory support
  • Assessing symptoms among ICU patients receiving noninvasive mask ventilation
  • Developing interventions to improve the well-being of people with life-limiting illnesses
  • Developing interventions for family caregivers to manage stress
  • Developing interventions to manage chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Assessing symptoms in young, working-age adults who have survived a stroke
  • Understanding and managing workplace violence

Learn more about nursing research at Mayo Clinic.


See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic nurse-scientist authors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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