We are fortunate to have a strong, devoted team of nurses and patient care staff at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who demonstrate excellence each and every day. They exhibit their dedication to advancing patient care through continual improvement and translation of evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration and support for one another and the communities we serve.

Our team at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center uses the art and science of nursing every day to serve all patients and families with compassion and a strong commitment to quality, safety, service and outcomes. Learn more about how our nursing and patient care staff are leading the way in medical innovations and improving people’s lives.

Professional Practice Model


A nursing professional practice model is the overarching framework for nurses, nursing care and interprofessional patient care at a healthcare organization. Ohio State’s model aligns and integrates nursing practice with the medical center’s mission, vision, values and ambition, enabling Ohio State’s nurse executives to ensure care is both patient- and family-centered throughout all levels of the organization. We align with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Synergy Model for Patient Care, which depicts how nurses practice, collaborate, communicate and develop professionally to provide the highest quality care for the patients, families and communities served by the Ohio State Health System.

The Synergy professional practice model describes nursing practice based on eight patient characteristics and also describes eight nurse competencies. The core concept of the model is that the needs or characteristics of patients and families include and drive the characteristics or competencies of nurses. Synergy results when the needs and characteristics of a patient, clinical unit or system are matched with a nurse’s competencies.

This particular model gives voice to what patients collectively need and what nurses collectively do. When nurse and patient relationships are in sync—when they are synergistic—optimal patient outcomes are more apt to occur.

Patients have similar needs and experience these needs across wide ranges of continuums, from health to illness. The dimensions of a nurse’s practice are driven by the needs of a patient and family. This requires nurses to be proficient in the multiple dimensions of the nursing continuums. When nurse competencies stem from patient needs and the characteristics of the nurse and patient synergize, optimal patient outcomes can result.

Nursing By the Numbers

More than 5,200 team members representing more than 26% of the medical center’s overall workforce
38.4 average age of our nurses
2 Magnet-designated hospitals
More than 1,400 nurses with at least 10 years of experience
2-5 years average tenure of our nurses
More than 600 advanced practice nurses
More than 80% baccalaureate-prepared nurses
35.6% of our nurses are certified or have a professional certification

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