Greetings from Abbott Northwestern's Nursing Department

Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s reputation for exceptional patient care has everything to do with our talented, dedicated nurses. We are proud to be the Twin Cities’ only Magnet® - designated hospital, achieving the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) highest recognition for professional nursing practice first in 2009 and redesignation in 2014.

Benchmarking organizations like U.S News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics and others base their hospital rankings and accreditations on measures that reflect the efforts of nurses at all levels to achieve the best outcomes for patients and improve every patient’s care experience.

Abbott Northwestern nurses deliver the highest level of care possible to our patients and continue to advance nursing practice. Our exceptional nurses are what make us a Magnet hospital.

Mandy Richards, vice president, patient care
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Chief nursing officer, Allina Health system

Magnet Recognition Program® redesignation

Magnet_Logo_Web Abbott Northwestern Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2009 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In February 2014, the hospital hosted appraisers for its redesignation site visit.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital receives highest nursing credential with prestigious Magnet® recognition... again

MINNEAPOLIS 03/25/2014--Abbott Northwestern again attained the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

About the department

Nursing is at the forefront of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's excellence. Our Nursing Department is made up of more than 1,600 nurses, each with their own goals, ideas and strengths. In departments and units across the hospital, nurses make contributions - small and large, day after day - that have a real impact on the lives of patients and their families.

Abbott Northwestern's Nursing Philosophy 

Abbott Northwestern's Relationship-Based Care Model

Abbott Northwestern's Professional Nursing Practice Model

Minnesota Nurses Association

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) is the professional organization for registered nurses. More than 19,000 nurses in Minnesota are members of MNA and Abbott Northwestern Hospital's nurses have a strong presence in the association.


The discipline of nursing is developed and advanced through quality research. Nursing research examines areas of knowledge and practice that are of special concern for nurses. The nursing research efforts at Abbott Northwestern Hospital support the mission of the department of nursing and the commitment to excellence in patient care.


Interested in coming to work at Abbott Northwestern? Visit the Allina Health recruitment page where you can do an advanced search for open positions in our facility. What is Allina Health Nursing?


Take an inside look into the Nursing Department by reading the 2017 Annual Nursing Report for Abbott Northwestern Hospital.