Nursing Excellence

Nursing is at the center of Schneck’s mission to improve the health of our communities. There are more than 275 professional nurses supporting the organization recognized nationally for Patient First care.

Nursing excellence means our nurses integrate the best research evidence, clinical expertise, and patient and family preferences to achieve optimal health outcomes for patients, families, the organization, and the communities we serve. 


Dedicated to Excellence

Magnet-Recognition-Logo-CMYK-png.pngThe Magnet Recognition Program developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognizes healthcare organizations that promote quality in a setting that supports professional nursing practice and is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence.   Schneck is among only seven percent of hospitals nationwide that have achieved Magnet recognition from the ANCC and has maintained this status since 2006.   

2011_Baldrige_Award_Recipient_Logo.pngNursing excellence reaches beyond Magnet designation. Schneck is the first organization in Indiana to be honored with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for quality and performance excellence.

Schneck was among only four U.S. hospitals recognized for their leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety at the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit Awards and Recognition Program.

Contributions by Professional Nurses

Schneck professional nurses have demonstrated dedication and commitment to quality care and safety by receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its knee and hip replacement programs.

beacon-award.jpgCritical care nurses received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) Beacon Award for nursing excellence. Nurses demonstrated the ability to create a healthy work environment and made optimal contributions in caring for patients and patients’ families.

Schneck’s Medical-Surgical nurses were recognized by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) PRISM Award for their exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes.

For additional recognitions, visit Schneck’s Journey to Excellence and read Schneck News.

Nurse Recognition

Schneck joined more than 3,300 hospitals and schools of nursing in 2019 offering the DAISY Award. Schneck recognizes nurses for the compassionate and meaningful care they deliver to patients on an annual basis. Learn about our recent award recipients. 

Nominate a nurse for the DAISY Award.


Professional Support and Career Development

New Nurse Employees

Schneck is committed to providing a professional work environment for nurses. Support begins with a comprehensive New Employee Orientation (NEO) and New Nurse Orientation (NNO) to acclimate new hires to the organization. 

Nurse Residency is an evidence-based program designed to help smooth the transition from graduate nurse to professional nurse. The program also helps to improve nurse retention and turnover. New graduate nurses begin the year-long program after successful completion of their 90-day qualifying period. Nurses attend seminars that cover a wide variety of topics including stress management, crucial conversations, customer service, and more. Residents also participate in various simulation activities designed to hone critical thinking and patient care skills. They also complete and evidence-based practice project unique to their home unit.


Learn about nursing opportunities at Schneck.


Nurse Certifications

Nurse certification is an investment in professional development, and demonstrates our executive leadership's commitment to providing quality care. Clinical nurses are encouraged to become certified because of the value it brings to patients, the nursing profession, and the organization. Becoming certified engages nurses in the full circle of accountability to patients, peers and the nursing profession. Schneck certifcation based on eligibility is 61.67% at the end of 2019.

Nurse Education Advancement

Nurse education advancement is highly encouraged to a minimum of a baccalaureate in nursing, or BSN. Schneck has maintained a BSN rate at or above 80% since 2015, and is currently 86.2%, by supporting nurses through a robust tuition reimbursement policy. 


Clinical Ladder

The professional role of the nurse within Schneck not only includes clinical practice, but also leadership, autonomy, education, research, consultation, and collaboration. The purpose of the Schneck Professional Nurse Practice Program (PNPP), a clinical ladder, supports excellence in professional nursing practice, engages staff in clinical transformation, and improves nursing quality and safety.

For more information about nursing excellence at Schneck, please reach out to our Nurse Excellence and Innovation Supervisor