The Value of Professional Nursing

The chief operating officer/chief nursing officer links nursing to all services that support patient care. This linkage is vital to actualizing an integrated, inter-disciplinary approach to patient care. The CNO also has responsibilities to provide a voice at Mayo Clinic Rochester committees and councils.

Staff nurses have many opportunities for participation in decision-making:

  • As members of Mayo Clinic Health System, medical center and unit-based committees.
  • As subject matter experts for vital initiatives.    
  • As preceptors to students and new nurses.
  • As shift leaders for patient flow, assignments and problem solving.
  • As teachers for various orientation topics.
  • As data collectors for quality improvement initiatives and unit improvements.
  • As researchers, publishing and presenting.

Staff nurses are supported in the provision of high quality, cost effective patient care through collaboration and coordination of services and activities by:

  • The professional and clinical practice specialists (graduate prepared) who:
    • Promote the integration of evidence based research and data analysis into the planning and implementation of care activities. 
    • Support unit council and leadership endeavors.
    • Collaborate with staff to address clinical practice issues.
    • Support staff in research design.
  • Nursing education specialists who:
    • Provide nursing-specific orientation. 
    • Build sound and progressive curriculums that provide avenues to grow as clinicians, educators and/or leaders.  
    • Coordinate key programs for nursing including competency based nursing orientation, new graduate programs, preceptor development series, leadership development courses, online education programs and summer internships. 

Nurses are encouraged to attain higher educational degrees and/or certification in their field of interest. Tuition reimbursement is available for professional education. Increased compensation is afforded to those who complete their baccalaureate and graduate degrees.