Cook County Health nurses are an elite group of individuals who are dedicated to our mission of providing quality-care to vulnerable and underserved populations with compassion and integrity.

As one of the largest departments within Cook County Health, composed of nearly 1,300 full-time nurses, nursing is a critical driver and the key to success for the organization.  
Cook County Health nurses work among a variety of specialty departments throughout the health system and the department offers a variety of advanced practice nurses. 

Clinical Specialties of Nursing

Nursing Support

The Division of Nursing Professional Development and Education believes that continued education of new medical theories, practices and technology is essential for serving the needs of our patient population.
The Nursing Quality Department at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital oversees quality improvements made to policies.  

Nursing Benefits at Cook County Health

  • 100% tuition reimbursement for job related degree completion 
  • Centralized 2-week classroom orientation with unit-based preceptors for a personalized unit orientation. 
  • Continuing Education contact hours offered 
  • On-line procedure, skills & nursing consult reference tool through Elsevier’s Mosby Nursing Suite 
  • Schwartz Center Rounds scheduled monthly 10 months per year 

Education & Research

The department provides clinical education and role development programs that promote nursing competency, enhance role performance and foster the professional development of nursing personnel to provide high quality, compassionate patientcentered care. 

DAISY Nursing Award Nomination

Did you have great nursing care at Cook County Health? Nominate your nurse for a DAISY Award!
DAISY Award honorees demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community. Patients, visitors, and Cook County Health employees may nominate a deserving nurse by filling out the electronic form below.

  • Please describe a specific situation or story that clearly demonstrates how this nurse made a meaningful difference in your care or the care you witnessed this nurse provide.
  • Thank you for taking the time to nominate an extraordinary, compassionate nurse for this award. Please tell us about yourself, so that we may include you in the celebration of this award if the nurse you nominated is chosen.
  • Please tell us how we can contact you:

Would you like to mail in a nomination? Download the nomination form here: 

Daisy Nomination (English)       

Daisy Nomination (Spanish)

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. Cook County Health is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing our nurses with this special honor.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.) During Pat’s 8 week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to Pat but to everyone in his family. So one of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat’s memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the super-human work they do every day.

Each DAISY Award Honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony in her/his unit and will receive: a beautiful certificate, a DAISY Award pin, and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled A Healer’s Touch. Everyone in the unit will celebrate with Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls – a favorite of Patrick’s during his illness. The Barnes Family asks that whenever and wherever nurses smell that wonderful cinnamon aroma, they stop for a moment and think about how special they are.

To find out more about the program, please visit

Past DAISY Award Winners

  • Brigid Sumo
  • Martia Brown
  • Rafael Medrano