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At Northwestern Medicine, nursing care is centered on patients, guided by scientific evidence and best practices, and dedicated to achieving the best outcomes. The Nursing team supports the core values of Northwestern Medicine: integrity, teamwork, excellence and putting patients first.

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Becoming a nurse at Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine values our nurses and recognizes the important role they have in delivering safe, effective and compassionate care. We provide opportunities for professional and academic growth, and we’re committed to a shared decision-making model that gives nurses an active voice in the organization. Nurses at all levels are encouraged to join our relentless pursuit of better medicine.


At Northwestern Medicine, an excellent patient experience begins with a world-class workforce.

Just as we are committed to delivering better medicine, we are also committed to a better employee experience. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • Annual employee incentive bonus.
  • $6,000 student loan repayment ($5,000 part-time)
  • $10,000 tuition reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $1,000 professional development funds per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Well-Being Fund per year ($125 part-time)
  • Matching 401(k)
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life insurance

Visit our Benefits Page for more information.

Nursing Professional Practice Model

The Interdisciplinary Relationship-Based Care Model is a visual representation of the framework that guides professional nurses in their daily practice. It symbolizes nurses’ beliefs, values, systems and priorities, and allows nurses throughout the organization to align their patient care practices, professional development and expectations of colleagues.

Nurse Profesional Practice Model graphic


One of America’s Best Places to Work

Northwestern Medicine has been recognized for three consecutive years on the Becker’s Hospital Review “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list. We were recognized for providing robust work/life support that includes career development and advancement, a competitive benefits package, health and wellness programming, on-site child care, flexible schedules and a rich organizational culture.

Forbes ranked Northwestern Medicine No. 19 on its 2022 list of America’s Best Large Employers. The ranking was based on survey responses from employees of large companies who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family, and to nominate organizations other than their own.

To earn national recognition, hospitals and health systems must show ongoing evidence of clinical excellence. Northwestern Medicine meets the challenge and consistently places among the best in the nation for patient satisfaction and quality of care.

Read more about Honors, Awards and Accreditations received at Northwestern Medicine.

  • S News Best Hospitals Honor Roll - 2022-23
  • Magnet Recognized
  • Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality
  • Carf Gold Seal
  • Daisy Foundation Award
  • DEI Best to work for disability inclusion 2022

A Day in the Life of a Northwestern Medicine Nurse

While every day is different for nurses at Northwestern Medicine, their commitment to providing the best care to our patients and their families is always the same.

We encourage our nurses to achieve their personal and professional goals because what makes them better makes our patients better. Read the stories of Northwestern Medicine nurses who are an integral part of our relentless pursuit of better medicine.

  • "I am truly grateful to work in an environment that strives for greatness every day. It’s an honor to stand alongside nurses and give the best care possible.”

    – Karena Brown, MSN, RN, CMSRN

  • “Providing my patients with better care motivates me. I'm proud to be a nurse; it's who I am meant to be.”

    – Lori Fanning, BSN, RN

  • “I am proud to work with these nurses and for Northwestern Medicine.”

    – Denise Majeski, MSN, RN, ACM, NE-BC

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