Our Approach to Nursing
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At UW Health, we believe that nursing is both an art and a science. Nurses here are not only highly accomplished practitioners with extensive knowledge about advanced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, but they are also deeply committed to delivering care in a manner sensitive to the patient's and family's needs.
We have adopted a professional practice model throughout the organization that emphasizes the sanctity of the nurse/patient relationship; the deep, mutual respect among professional colleagues; and the delivery of exemplary, compassionate care.
In short, the nursing professionals at UW Health are distinguished by their keen minds and caring hearts.
Professional Practice Model
Our Nursing Professional Practice Model aligns nursing practice across all levels and settings by identifying relationships and responsibilities of the professional nurse.
Patient- and family-centered care is the philosophical and theoretical basis of the model, with the relationship between the nurse and the patient/family/community at the center. The domains surrounding patient/family/community describe the ideal environment for nursing practice at UW Health.
The model’s applicability to nurses in diverse roles across the organization reflects the purposeful, collaborative efforts of nurses who developed a model that accurately defines the unique and innovative practice of UW Health’s nurses. Furthermore, this new model represents the pride nurses take in delivering top-notch, high-quality, evidence-based care that is patient- and family-centered.
UW Health's post-baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in 2012. Through this rigorous process, UW Health has demonstrated that it meets national standards for its program to support new nurses during their first year of practice. There are currently 25 accredited Nurse Residency Programs in the United States.
- 2020 UW Health Nursing Excellence Award Winners
- 2019 UW Health Nursing Excellence Award Winners
- 2018 UW Health Nursing Excellence Award Winners
- 2017 UW Health Nursing Excellence Award Winners
- 2016 UW Health Nursing Excellence Award Winners
- 2015 UW Health Nursing Excellence Awards
- 2014 UW Health Nursing Excellence Awards
- 2013 UW Health Nursing and Patient Care Excellence Awards
- DAISY Award
- Sunshine Award for Nursing Assistants
- Sunflower Award for Medical Assistants
On October 18, 2018, UW Health was once again re-designated as a Magnet® organization. View the actual announcement and 'Thank You' from UW Health leaders to all nurses, staff and faculty who made it happen, and hear from a few RNs about why being Magnet is REMARKABLE for everyone - patients, families, nurses, staff and faculty.