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Inpatient Nursing

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UW Health Recruitment Center

(608) 263-6500 (phone)

(608) 263-5778 (fax)

The vast array of inpatient nursing settings at UW Hospital and Clinics - Wisconsin's number one hospital - make it one of the most exciting, dynamic and challenging environments for nurses.
Senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer Beth Houlahan celebrates Magnet re-designation.UW Hospital and Clinics Achieves Magnet® Re-Designation
An eruption of cheers and applause from the crowd of nurses, administrators and hospital staff in room 1325 of the Health Sciences Learning Center greeted the news that UW Hospital and Clinics achieved its hard-earned, four-year goal of Magnet® re-designation.
Learn more about UW Hospital and Clinic Magnet® re-designation
Our Approach to Nursing


Beth Houlahan, MSN, RN, CENP, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officerAt the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, 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 Hospital and Clinics are distinguished by their keen minds and caring hearts.
To continue and enhance our dedication to excellence in nursing, we have set forth our philosophy and values. We invite you to spend some time learning more about the priorities we have set:

Professional Practice Model


UW Health nursing professional practice modelOur 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 Hospital and Clinics.


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 Hospital and Clinics’ 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.


Learn more about the Professional Practice Model


Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationNurse Residency Accreditation


The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' post-baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in 2012. Through this rigorous process, UW Hospital and Clinics has demonstrated that it meets national standards for its program to support new nurses during their first year of practice. There are currently nine accredited Nurse Residency Programs in the United States.


Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program


Nursing Education

Nursing Excellence
With great pleasure, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Nursing Recognition Council announces the names of our nurses who have been selected to receive UW Hospital and Clinics Nursing and Patient Care Excellence Awards. These nurses have been selected for their outstanding clinical practice and leadership, which exemplify the spirit of caring we strive to achieve.