Nurses at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, play a critical role in patients’ overall hospital experience. As a group of medical professionals, they are skilled and patient-focused, empowered to achieve excellence in an atmosphere that embraces the Mother Standard® of care, the patient-focused principle upon which CTCA® was founded.

CTCA Chicago is a Magnet® recognized hospital, one of only 9 percent of hospitals in the nation to have earned this designation. Magnet designation is recognition of the caliber of a nursing staff and how their expertise and evidence-based practices translate into exceptional patient careThe designation is awarded by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the America Nurses Association.

Nurses at CTCA Chicago collaborate in an environment that supports teamwork, engagement, work-life balance and professional development, reflecting our hospital's commitment to ensuring our nurses provide patient-centered care to everyone we treat. We strive to embody CTCA values with energy, integrity and positivity, exhibiting respect for patients, fellow nurses and team members.

What does it mean to be Magnet recognized?

The Magnet Recognition Program® is administered by the ANCC, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world. It recognizes health care organizations that provide quality nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the benchmark for measuring quality of care.

These standards must be demonstrated in an extensive written document submitted to the ANCC. A site visit takes place after the documents are reviewed, to allow appraisers to verify, clarify and amplify the document through extensive onsite interviews and unit tours. The designation is granted for four years, during which the ANCC monitors Magnet facilities to measure whether they are maintaining high standards of care. 

DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is given to a CTCA Chicago nurse each quarter in recognition for his or her commitment and patient-centered approach to care. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the important efforts nurses perform every day. 

Recent DAISY Award recipients

Lauren Drysdale, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, Surgical Oncology/Intensive Care Unit

Here is an excerpt from Lauren’s nomination: “Lauren came into my hospital room and sat down to hear more about what had happened [with my children earlier] and what she could do to lessen both my emotional and physical pain. I was able to sit down and comfortably tell her what happened. We not only talked about that day, but also about the other days that each of us had experienced both pain and happiness… Talking with Lauren is like talking to someone that I’ve known my entire life. She is an absolute asset to this institution.”

Lauren Belke, BSN, RN
Nurse Care Manager, Return Patient Clinic

Here is an excerpt from Lauren’s nomination: “I don’t even know where to begin in saying how absolutely wonderful Lauren is as a nurse and a friend. She is kind, compassionate, and caring; the list is never ending, and it show in her care for her patients. Lauren is extremely responsive and fast acting when it comes to meeting the needs of her patients. There was a time I asked her for a letter, and she had it to me in less than five minutes. Lauren is always ahead of the game and prepared. She always greets me with a warm smile and a hug when I see her. Lauren always makes sure that I feel comfortable, and if anything is off with me, she tells the doctor right away so that whatever needs to be done is done. When Lauren speaks to you, you feel like you’ve known her all your life. She always seems to know when I am not feeling well or when I feel bad for having been admitted to the hospital and not seeing my children. Lauren always knows what to say to make me feel better both emotionally and health wise. She is also a great team player and is always helping others around her. She is the type of nurse that should be the role model for other nurses. She is an absolute asset to this hospital.”

Nursing at CTCA Chicago


Volunteerism: TThe CTCA Chicago health care team, including nursing staff, is committed to making a difference in the lives of our patients and in our local communities. CTCA nurses routinely give back to the surrounding communities, focusing efforts mainly on supporting the local cancer and wellness community, in addition to volunteering thousands of hours in schools, churches and pet rescue agencies, and as sports coaches and camp counselors. They even participate in large-scale humanitarian efforts to under-served populations.


Patient safety: CTCA Chicago nurses are part of an interdisciplinary network of employees who continuously work to enhance our culture of safety and provide an environment of clinical excellence for our patients. This culture and environment offer an important opportunity for nurses to play critical roles in creating quality care and a safe environment for our patients and their fellow team members.


Evidence-based practice and research: Nurses at CTCA Chicago are committed to leading research projects that are innovative and help address areas such as workflow operations, safety and patient satisfaction. They are empowered to investigate, act and find solutions to see that our patients are cared for according to the Mother Standard of care.

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Where we are located

CTCA Chicago

Department of Nursing
2520 Elisha Ave.
Zion, IL 60099
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