Nursing professional development and mentoring are a priority at UofL Health. Each nurse is provided an individualized orientation plan, with a unit-based preceptor-led orientation and specialty courses to ensure knowledge and tools are necessary to excel in their role. For new graduates, transition to practice and residency activities are the standard across the system to support each individual throughout their first year of practice.


UofL Health – UofL Hospital and UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center achieved Magnet recognition in November 2022

With this credential, UofL Hospital and Brown Cancer Center joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just a small and select group of U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This honor exemplifies the nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care that we strive for as an academic health care system. Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor the public considers when selecting a health care organization. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.


American College of Surgeons (ACS) Verified Level 1 Trauma Center

The Trauma Center at UofL Hospital has a long-standing history of being the local, regional and national leader for trauma and burn care in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Last year alone, our trauma center provided care for over 3,000 patients who needed the highly-specialized services of our multi-disciplinary Trauma Program. We are the region’s only American College of Surgeons (ACS) Verified Level I Trauma Center for adults and we are one of only two Level I adult trauma centers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. An ACS-Verified Level I Trauma Center means that the institution has achieved the highest level of verification to deliver care to the most severely injured patients who need it most. It means that we are equipped to handle any and all significant injuries in our state-of-the-art facility. We are staffed with an experienced and dedicated team of professionals who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


First Comprehensive Stroke Center in the State of Kentucky

UofL Health – Stroke is comprised of the UofL Hospital – Comprehensive Stroke Center, Primary Stroke Centers at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital and UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and the Emergency Departments at UofL Health – Shelbyville Hospital, Medical Center East, South Hospital and Medical Center Southwest. UofL Hospital – Comprehensive Stroke Center was the first of its kind in Kentucky.

Annual Report

We are incredibly proud of the nurses at UofL Health. They are committed to excellence—a vital quality when providing patient-centered care and seeing through our work as an academic, teaching and research hospital. Nursing Annual Reports showcase the remarkable endeavors happening among our nurses. We hope you’ll appreciate the work they are doing within our organization, but also the community.