NCH logo

Professional Nursing

Welcome to the NCH professional nursing website. This page highlights the initiatives and programs that our nurses have helped designed to sustain a positive healthcare work environment that cares about nurses. Continue reading to learn more about how NCH supports our nurses’ career success and why our patients say: “NCH means: Nurses Care Here.”

NCH is proud to receive the ANCC Pathway to Excellence® designation

NCH joins a premier group of organizations that have received Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Pathway designation is a global credential that highlights NCH’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. NCH’s nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team, with a voice in policy and practice. Pathway nurses are engaged, resulting in higher job satisfaction, reduced turnover, improved safety, and better patient outcomes.

As a Pathway organization, NCH leads the effort to enhance quality of care, patient and nursing safety, and the future of healthcare delivery.

Professional Practice Model

The Professional Practice Model (PPM) at NCH is a framework that reflects NCH nurses’ values and beliefs of professional nursing practice and describes elements that guide nursing in delivering optimal patient outcomes. The PPM is patient and family-centered and elements that guide nursing practice are described as collaboration, quality and safety, innovation, shared decision-making, teamwork and professional development.

Shared Governance

The purpose of shared governance at NCH is SG schematic to create an innovative process which empowers nurses at all levels to contribute collaboratively to ownership of nursing practice, standards and quality of care and to effectively respond to change. It is founded on the cornerstone principles of equity, teamwork, accountability and autonomy. All nurses have the professional obligation to participate in developing the future of nursing at NCH.

New to Practice - Nurse Residency Program

NCH is proud to offer a nurse residency program to help you navigate your role as a graduate or new to acute care nurse.

We will guide your transition to professional practice by supporting your orientation and ongoing professional development needs. Throughout the one-year program, you will focus on delegation and time management, nursing quality and safety, skill development, stress management, research and evidence-based practice, ethical decision making and communication and conflict management skills.

Transitions to Practice - Specialty Fellowship Programs

Specialty fellowships are designed to help transition nurses from medical/surgical practice to a specialty practice area. The curriculum is a blended learning model comprised of on-line learning, classroom didactic, skills validation and clinical practice with an experienced preceptor. Fellowships are 16-20 weeks in length.



  • Generous tuition reimbursement benefit after 90 days of employment
  • Nursing scholarships offered through our Center of Philanthropy >

EXCEL Clinical Ladder Program

  • 4 professional nursing levels
  • Focus on professional growth and development
  • Level 2, 3 and 4 are bonus eligible
Professional Development
  • Preceptor Program
  • Nurse Manager Academy
  • Charge Nurse Academy
  • Specialty Fellowship Programs
  • Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds
  • Nursing CE Programs Offered
  • CARING Award
  • DAISY Award
  • Annual Nursing Excellence Awards
  • Annual Professional Certification Celebration

Start Your Nursing Career Today

NCH Nursing Careers

Phone: 239-624-4500
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Our Promise

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide compassionate, safe, quality care, embracing the unique needs of patients and their families in our community.​

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the preferred destination for nursing services, while providing compassionate, quality care to our patients.​

Annual Reports

Daisy Award

Want to show your appreciation for an extraordinary nurse? Nominate them for the DAISY Award!

Submit Nomination

Caring Award

Want to show your appreciation for an extraordinary technician or technologist? Nominate them for the CARING Award!​

Submit Nomination