Professional Nursing Practice

We are commitment to fostering an environment where every member of our team is not only valued personally but also invested professionally.

To achieve this, nurses representing diverse experiences from across our system worked together to craft a unified set of attributes that define what it means to be an IU Health nurse. These attributes reflect our nurses’ passion, dedication and invaluable firsthand expertise. 

Our IU Health nurse attributes uphold the highest standards of patient care. They embody the essence of our unwavering commitment to providing the best care designed for each individual who entrusts us with their well-being.

IU Health Nurse Attributes

To achieve this, nurses representing diverse experiences from across our system worked together to craft a unified set of attributes that define what it means to be an IU Health nurse. These attributes reflect our nurses’ passion, dedication and invaluable firsthand expertise. 

Our IU Health nurse attributes uphold the highest standards of patient care. They embody the essence of our unwavering commitment to providing the best care designed for each individual who entrusts us with their well-being.

Our IU Health Nursing Attributes

Is Professionally Engaged

Advances nursing’s professional identity

Owns professional engagement

Possesses Clinical Expertise

Gives high quality person-centered care to patients

Ensures continuity of care

Integrates complete holistic view of patient

Applies clinical reasoning

Has a Spirit of Inquiry

Identifies practice questions

Sees opportunities for evaluating best practices

Embraces Learning

Demonstrates commitment to lifelong learning

Applies new knowledge into practice

Shares knowledge and expertise

Fosters Relationships

Serves as care partners

Fosters an environment of inclusivity

Puts patient at center of all conversations

We provide diverse, exciting career prospects for our adult and pediatric populations in various practice settings. Our specialization areas include, but are not limited to:

• Ambulatory • Maternal Child/Women's Health
• Behavioral Health • Medical/Surgical
• Burn • Neonatology (NICU)
• Cardiology • Neurology
• Case Management • Nurse Practitioner
• Clinical Informatics • Nursing Professional Development
• Clinical Nurse Specialists           • Oncology
• Community Health • Ortho/Rehabilitation
• Critical Care • Pediatrics
• Emergency • Perioperative
• Flight Nurse • Telemetry
• Home Care • Trauma Nurse
• Hospice • Wound Care
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Our Specialties

We provide diverse, exciting career prospects for our adult and pediatric populations in various practice settings. Our specialization areas include, but are not limited to:

• Ambulatory • Maternal Child/Women's Health
• Behavioral Health • Medical/Surgical
• Burn • Neonatology (NICU)
• Cardiology • Neurology
• Case Management • Nurse Practitioner
• Clinical Informatics • Nursing Professional Development
• Clinical Nurse Specialists           • Oncology
• Community Health • Ortho/Rehabilitation
• Critical Care • Pediatrics
• Emergency • Perioperative
• Flight Nurse • Telemetry
• Home Care • Trauma Nurse
• Hospice • Wound Care
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We take immense pride that all our hospitals hold either the Magnet Recognition Program® or Pathway to Excellence Program® American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) designation.

These recognitions underscores our unwavering commitment to creating an environment where our nurses can thrive and reach their full potential as healthcare leaders. By adhering to the rigorous standards set by these prestigious programs, we place a strong emphasis on the well-being and professional development of our nursing team members.

We ensure they have access to the necessary support, educational resources, and collaborative opportunities to excel in their careers. Our relentless dedication to this culture of excellence enhances the overall patient experience and solidifies our belief in nurses as essential partners in guiding patients through their healthcare journeys.

Magnet Pathway to Excellence

Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Designations

We take immense pride that all our hospitals hold either the Magnet Recognition Program® or Pathway to Excellence Program® American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) designation.

These recognitions underscores our unwavering commitment to creating an environment where our nurses can thrive and reach their full potential as healthcare leaders. By adhering to the rigorous standards set by these prestigious programs, we place a strong emphasis on the well-being and professional development of our nursing team members.

We ensure they have access to the necessary support, educational resources, and collaborative opportunities to excel in their careers. Our relentless dedication to this culture of excellence enhances the overall patient experience and solidifies our belief in nurses as essential partners in guiding patients through their healthcare journeys.

Magnet Pathway to Excellence

Professional governance is another driving force behind our commitment to cultivating exceptional nursing professionals and achieving remarkable patient outcomes. We have integrated professional governance into our organization because we know that professional governance is not a meeting we attend; it's a collective commitment to excellence. It is our identity, and we bring it to life every day.

Accountability is at the forefront of our priorities because we firmly believe that, as nursing professionals, we have the capacity to create profound and meaningful impacts while upholding the highest standards of our noble profession. This unwavering dedication not only benefits our patients but also strengthens our collaborative nursing team, uniting us across all practice sites.

Furthermore, our unwavering focus on evidence-based decision-making empowers us, as nursing professionals, to foster innovation and continually strive for excellence. Our nursing professional governance structures extend across all our practice sites, uniting our diverse team of over 9,000 nurses. We work under a common objective: delivering exceptional care and achieving outstanding patient outcomes. At IU Health, professional governance is more than a concept; it's who we are and the path to excellence we follow every day.

Our Professional Governance Structure

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Professional Governance

Professional governance is another driving force behind our commitment to cultivating exceptional nursing professionals and achieving remarkable patient outcomes. We have integrated professional governance into our organization because we know that professional governance is not a meeting we attend; it's a collective commitment to excellence. It is our identity, and we bring it to life every day.

Accountability is at the forefront of our priorities because we firmly believe that, as nursing professionals, we have the capacity to create profound and meaningful impacts while upholding the highest standards of our noble profession. This unwavering dedication not only benefits our patients but also strengthens our collaborative nursing team, uniting us across all practice sites.

Furthermore, our unwavering focus on evidence-based decision-making empowers us, as nursing professionals, to foster innovation and continually strive for excellence. Our nursing professional governance structures extend across all our practice sites, uniting our diverse team of over 9,000 nurses. We work under a common objective: delivering exceptional care and achieving outstanding patient outcomes. At IU Health, professional governance is more than a concept; it's who we are and the path to excellence we follow every day.

Our Professional Governance Structure

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As part of our dedication to achieving the highest level of patient safety and care quality, we are implementing Nursing Peer Review (NPR) councils across our system. NPR provides registered nurses a structured framework to systematically assess, continuously monitor, and evaluate their peers' nursing care against the highest professional standards.

This initiative serves as a cornerstone in nurturing a culture of excellence. Our unwavering commitment to a Just Culture ensures that NPR facilitates non-punitive peer-to-peer dialogues with a relentless focus on performance enhancement and system refinement.

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Nursing Peer Review

As part of our dedication to achieving the highest level of patient safety and care quality, we are implementing Nursing Peer Review (NPR) councils across our system. NPR provides registered nurses a structured framework to systematically assess, continuously monitor, and evaluate their peers' nursing care against the highest professional standards.

This initiative serves as a cornerstone in nurturing a culture of excellence. Our unwavering commitment to a Just Culture ensures that NPR facilitates non-punitive peer-to-peer dialogues with a relentless focus on performance enhancement and system refinement.

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Furthering our commitment to nurturing the growth and expertise of our nurses, we have established strategic partnerships with nursing professional organizations to offer our nurses the opportunity to obtain specialty certifications at no cost to them.

We understand the profound impact that specialty certifications can have on individual nurses and the quality of care they deliver. That's why we are thrilled to provide our nurses with the unique opportunity to pursue these certifications without any financial burden.

Here are a few reasons why we are dedicated to offering this invaluable benefit:

Certification Program

Furthering our commitment to nurturing the growth and expertise of our nurses, we have established strategic partnerships with nursing professional organizations to offer our nurses the opportunity to obtain specialty certifications at no cost to them.

We understand the profound impact that specialty certifications can have on individual nurses and the quality of care they deliver. That's why we are thrilled to provide our nurses with the unique opportunity to pursue these certifications without any financial burden.

Here are a few reasons why we are dedicated to offering this invaluable benefit:

Enhancing Knowledge

Specialty certifications serve as a gateway to a deeper understanding of specific areas within the nursing profession. They equip nurses with specialized knowledge and skills, allowing them to excel in their chosen fields. This enriches their expertise and benefits the patients they care for.

Elevating Quality of Care

Highly specialized nurses with certifications are often better equipped to provide top-notch patient care. Their advanced skills and knowledge enable them to deliver evidence-based practices, make critical decisions, and respond effectively to complex patient needs, raising the overall quality of care.

Professional Growth

By offering opportunities to obtain specialty certifications, we empower our nurses to reach new heights in their careers. Whether in critical care, pediatrics, oncology, or another specialized field, these certifications allow nurses to expand their horizons and become experts in their clinical areas.