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Magnet Nurses

Nurses at RushRush University Medical Center nurses are on the frontline of our efforts to provide quality care, receiving Magnet status three consecutive times for making outstanding nursing care the standard at the Medical Center.

Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status — the highest honor in nursing — and the first in Illinois to earn a third four-year designation.

The highest recognition given for nursing excellence, the Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. The status is designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association.

Magnet status means Rush nurses are experts continually working to improve patient care through specialized training and quality improvements. It acknowledges that our nurses are among the best in attending to patient needs, pursuing ongoing training, working as a team and giving to the community.

To earn Magnet status, organizations undergo a vigorous, multifaceted evaluation. The Magnet appraisal team interviewed more than 600 members of the Rush staff and visited 38 locations, including all nursing units, as part of their assessment. 

Research and quality improvement

Nurses at Rush University Medical Center are leaders in innovation in patient care and professional advancement. Through a partnership with the Rush University College of Nursing, the medical center nursing staff conducts research and quality improvement initiatives to establish an evidence base for nursing care within the Medical Center. Learn more about research and quality improvement conducted by Rush nurses.  

Staffing information

The mission of Rush University Medical Center is to provide the very best care for our patients. The methods used to schedule and assign nurse caregivers to patients are consistent with our mission to provide the very best health care.

Nurses complete an orientation to the Medical Center as well as the area in which they work. The number of nurses and other caregivers working on patient care units are determined by the acuity of each patient and the skills necessary to meet the care needs. The caregiver assignments are reviewed and changes made at the beginning of each shift by a registered nurse working on the unit.

Patients, family members and the public may request additional staffing information under the Illinois Hospital Report Card Act, including the following:

  • Nurse assignment rosters
  • Nursing schedules for each inpatient unit
  • Methodology used to determine and adjust nurse staffing levels
  • Information on staff training and orientation

For more information about nurse assignments, individual patients or their family members may contact the nurse in charge of the patient’s unit.

Other individuals requesting information under the Act are required to submit a completed Request for Information Illinois Hospital Report Card Act form before the information is disclosed. Download a PDF version of the form using this link:

Once the form has been signed and submitted, Rush University Medical Center will provide the appropriate information either verbally or in a format that may be viewed by the requestor.

These requests should be faxed to (312) 942-4010 or sent to Rush University Medical Center, Nursing Administration, Room 401 Jones, 1653 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612.

Individually identifiable patient, employee or licensed professional information will not be disclosed to the public.