Overview

Mayo Clinic nurses practice team-based care.

Mayo Clinic achieves Magnet designation.

Read more about the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program.

Mayo Clinic nurses are leading the global transformation of nursing practice to enhance patient care for everyone, everywhere. Mayo Clinic's Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognizes nursing excellence, a commitment to quality patient care and innovations in nursing practice. ANCC's Magnet designation is the highest international recognition that a health care organization can attain, and Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have achieved this recognition.

Mayo Clinic nurses work in every medical and surgical setting — hospital, rehab center, hospice, outpatient clinic, surgical center, laboratory — and in all specialty areas.

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

Nursing excellence

Jessica McNallan, R.N., Pediatric ICU, Mayo Clinic: Nathan was a cancer patient and he was admitted to the hospital with a respiratory infection. His situation was uncommon in the fact that he'd had chemotherapy and his immune system was was very fragile.

Becky Herber, mother: He was taking six different chemotherapy drugs, so his bone marrow was completely shut off at that point. He had no chance whatsoever to fight off any infection or virus.

Jessica McNallan, R.N.: And then when he came to our side, to the ICU side, we're just really saw him decline. We were throwing every therapy at him, but he didn't improve. Therapy after therapy, intervention after intervention.

Becky Herber: They had done everything they possibly could to sustain his lungs and everything had failed and he was in respiratory constant respiratory failure. And that's when everybody moved in to help transfer him from the PICU and the ventilator to the ECMO unit to preserve his lungs.

Jessica McNallan, R.N.: We knew we had one chance to make this happen. But because I worked both oncology and ICU, I had the skill set. The people on either side of me had the skill set. In a heated moment like that when we make that decision, let's go. We can do it.

Becky Herber: She commanded the room and she knew his case so well. Her forward thinking made a vital difference for Nathan in that transition time.

Andy Herber, father: I've worked in medicine for 16 years. I have never seemed perfect nursing like that before and I am so thankful for it.

Jessica McNallan, R.N.: I was the right person, in the right place, at the right time. I'm glad I was there and able to help and to have the outcome that they had.

Becky Herber: Nathan looks like a normal, healthy six year old. He is physically able to do things any normal six year old would be able to do. I know there's a miracle in our midst and I can't not be in awe of it.

Every day, Mayo Clinic nurses apply their knowledge and expertise to the care of people with increasingly complex conditions. Mayo Clinic recruits the best nurses. These nurses integrate into the high standards and unique work environment of Mayo Clinic to provide an unparalleled patient experience.

Mayo Clinic nurses are vital members of your care team. They are part of a talented interdisciplinary team of doctors, pharmacists, patient educators, dietitians, social workers, integrative medicine and health practitioners, and others, depending on your needs and plan of care.

Nurses connect with patients through video visits.

Nurses care for people in every setting, including virtually.

Contributions of professional nursing at Mayo Clinic

A nurse checks on an intravenous drip.

Nurses are part of an interdisciplinary team committed to ensuring you get the bedside care you need.

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 effecting meaningful changes to patient care and the work environment.

Nurses' skills extend far beyond the bedside. Mayo Clinic nurses contribute to the discovery, translation, application and diffusion of new medical solutions and innovative care models to provide novel, best-in-class diagnosis and treatment.

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.

Mayo Clinic nurses are educated to provide care that considers patients and their families in a holistic manner, including their support systems and their physical, psychological and social needs.

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.

Sept. 28, 2021