Working at NCH
At NCH, nurses are vital members of our multidisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals – helping to set new standards in patient care through the prevention, early detection and treatment of complex diseases. NCH nurses provide both clinical expertise and emotional support to patients and their families – before, during and after treatment.
NCH's unique nursing structure nurtures personal and professional growth by providing many opportunities for our nursing staff to excel – from improving patient safety and conducting research projects to becoming an advanced practice nurse in an area of clinical interest. For example, Patient Navigators and Advanced Practice Nurses complement the expertise and skills of NCH physicians in specialty areas, such as Breast Cancer, Cardiovascular, Gastroenterology, Pancreas Care, Prostate Care and Neurointerventional Surgery/Stroke.
Our outstanding nursing staff earned the Hospital Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence in 2006 and achieved re-designation in 2010, which has played a critical role in making NCH one of the top hospitals in the nation.
As an NCH nurse you will find:
Transparency in quality care reporting - NCH was the first hospital in the region to show consumers how we compare to state and national benchmarks, with an online Quality Report Card
Advanced medical technology - NCH was an early adopter of new technologies that improve medical outcomes and the patient experience with the dual-source CT scanner, CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery System (SRS), the da Vinci® Surgical System and more.
Serious illness and injury care – as a state-designated trauma center the Emergency Department is the busiest in the northwest suburbs and the Critical Care Unit is the only one in the area staffed around-the-clock with board certified intensivists
Important partnerships – NCH is the only hospital in the northwest suburbs with 24-hour, on-site access to neonatologists and pediatric specialists from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
One of the nation’s top nursing healthcare organizations
We are proud to be one of only 7% of healthcare organizations in the nation to achieve Magnet® status, a four-year designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The highest level of recognition nursing services can receive, Magnet designated hospitals exhibit exemplary patient outcomes and satisfaction, have impressive nurse-patient ratios, and attract and retain the best staff from all disciplines.
One of the nation’s best employers
Nurses at NCH are both appreciated and respected for their professionalism and service. This high level of respect is perhaps one of the reasons that NCH has again been selected as a top employer.
The February 2, 2009 issue of FORTUNE magazine lists Northwest Community at No. 77 among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America
magazine ranked NCH among the nation’s 100 best healthcare employers in 2008 and 2009
Nurses throughout the Chicago area selected Northwest Community Hospital as a "Readers' Choice Top Hospital" in five categories in ADVANCE for Nurses magazine
One of the nation’s top hospitals
We are recognized as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S. for Cardiovascular Care by Thomson Reuters.
- Other awards include Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, Health and Human Services Medal of Honor, Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, JCAHO Accreditation, Accredited Chest Pain Center and Cancer Program 3-Year Approval Award with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer.