Froedtert Hospital Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital

Froedtert Hospital

We know that our nurses at Froedtert Hospital are unmatched in their expertise, education, professionalism and above all, compassion. We wouldn’t be a leading academic medical institution without top-of-the-line nursing care, and we’re proud to say we have it, and more.

The model has been adapted from Relationship-Based Care: A Model for Transforming Practice (Koloroutis, 2004)

Nursing Mission

To Care and Comfort
To Collaborate
To Advocate
To Educate
To Innovate

Nursing Vision

Froedtert Hospital nurses will be trusted leaders demonstrating passion, innovation and excellence in professional nursing practice.

Nursing Professional Practice Model of Relationship-Based Care

The Nursing Professional Practice Model of Relationship-Based Care depicts nursing practice at Froedtert Hospital. A central focus of the model is care of the patient, family and the community. Six elements serve as the model’s foundation, with the mission, vision, values, philosophy and strategic initiatives influencing nursing practice.

Nursing Philosophy

Nurses at Froedtert Hospital support professional nursing practice, which emphasizes:

  • Relationship-based care that is individualized, compassionate and culturally sensitive, in which nurses advocate for care that is delivered with utmost respect and dignity
  • Courageous, agile and responsive leadership that builds resilience and facilitates successful navigation of change
  • Interprofessional collaboration for optimal patient outcomes, including empowering patients and families as active participants in their care
  • The delivery of high-quality patient care and making a difference in the lives of patients through commitment to nursing research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement
  • Education of our patients, families, the community, future health care professionals and ourselves
  • A foundation of shared governance that supports autonomous, participative decision-making
  • An environment that nurtures and supports top-of-license practice, innovation, clinical expertise and ongoing professional development, enhancing the recruitment and retention of outstanding nursing staff who exemplify nursing excellence

Message from the Chief Nursing Officer

Paula Schmidt, MSN, MBA, RN NEA-BC, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Froedtert Hospital

As the chief nursing officer of Froedtert Hospital, I am thrilled to share the 2021-2023 Froedtert Hospital Nursing Annual Report. Having directed our efforts to the pandemic response, we have had a three-year delay in publishing. While we are moving back to annual reports in 2024, I believe it is important to look back and highlight some of the great work our amazing teams have accomplished over this time.

In every place nursing is practiced, our teams bring compassion and dedication while providing patient-centered care to all who come through our doors. When we stop to think about the work that nursing has done since the beginning of 2020, to say it has been a challenge is an understatement. To all of our nurses who have been a part of our organization and helped see us through these unprecedented times, thank you. Despite the obstacles, Froedtert Hospital nurses continued to shine! You should all be so proud of what you were able to accomplish! 

Practicing, educating and learning through a pandemic is nothing short of remarkable, and we did it. We not only did it, we embraced the challenges, shifted countless times to provide outstanding care and excelled in so many ways, resulting in a fourth Magnet® designation! Exceptional patient care and safety remained top priorities, and this was reflected in the Vizient rankings. Froedtert Hospital was recognized among the top 10 academic medical centers because of our work on evidence-based practice, quality improvements and research projects that continue to enhance the care we provide. 

Throughout this report, we will celebrate the successes, reflect on the challenges and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead in our nursing workforce. Together, we can continue to raise the standards of what it means to be a Froedtert Hospital nurse as we live out our mission, vision and values to achieve nursing excellence. Your endless efforts are the heart and soul of our organization. Please join me and your nursing leadership team as we embark on the journey together.

Seven Ways We Are Growing Excellence

  1. Adequacy of Resources & Staffing
  2. Autonomy
  3. Fundamentals of Quality Nursing Care
  4. Interprofessional Relationships
  5. Leadership Access and Responsiveness
  6. Professional Development
  7. RN to RN Teamwork and Collaboration

Open the Froedtert Hospital Nursing Annual Report PDF

Nursing Awards and Recognition
National Specialty Certifications
Publications and Presentations

Magnet Award imageFroedtert Hospital first received its Magnet® recognition in 2006, with redesignation in 2011 and 2016. In 2021, Froedtert Hospital achieved its fourth Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing services by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. This recognition is a seal of approval for hospitals that earn it and signifies quality patient care and nursing excellence.

Nursing Awards and Recognitions

To recognize excellence in nursing, Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital are DAISY Award Partners, recognizing a selection of nurses with this special honor every quarter. Learn more about the DAISY Award.

Advanced Practice Nurses

Advanced practice nurses (APNs) are important members of the Froedtert & MCW health care team. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians.

Nursing Qualifications and Skills

What makes our nurses the best of the best is a kind of “perfect storm” of qualifications:

  • Our nurses are well-trained. Many have advanced degrees or advanced certifications in their specialties and many are active in their professional associations. They are critical thinkers who value lifelong learning, specialty certification and professional development.
  • Our nurses practice in an academic medical center that fosters collaboration, innovation and clinical excellence. They have access to the newest technology and research, putting them on the cutting edge of health care.
  • Our nurses strive for continuous improvement in patient outcomes. That means they continually seek better ways to provide care. They question the routine and, through research, develop better ways to provide high-quality patient care.
  • Our nurses care for patients with compassion and respect. They are mothers and sisters, husbands and brothers, and they know what it means to be a patient or have a loved one who’s ill.
  • Our nurses are connected to the community. In addition to their own volunteer commitments, our nurses are involved with numerous hospital-sponsored community health care and health education programs.

Froedtert & MCW nursing care sets the standard for excellence, and anybody who’s been a patient in a hospital knows how important superior nursing is to healing. Our nurses are compassionate, clinically competent and culturally sensitive professionals. They are the pivotal link in delivering consistently excellent patient care. And that’s what makes the Froedtert & MCW health network exceptional.

Learn about Froedtert & MCW Nursing Opportunities

Schools of Nursing

Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital offer outstanding opportunities to provide valuable learning experience for instructors and students from the Schools of Nursing in the greater Milwaukee area and across southeastern Wisconsin.