Our Approach to Nursing

Contact Information

UW Health Recruitment Center

(608) 263-6500 (phone)

(608) 263-5778 (fax)


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.


Meet our nursing leaders


Nursing Avenues

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 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.


Learn more about the Nursing Professional Practice Model


Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationNurse Residency Accreditation


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.


Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program


Nursing Education

Nursing Excellence

With great pleasure, the UW Health Nursing Recognition Council announces the names of our nurses who have been selected to receive UW Health 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.


Crowd reactionSecond Magnet® Re-Designation


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.


Learn more about our second Magnet® re-designation