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.