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Nursing excellence is a central pillar in MD Anderson’s worldwide reputation for cancer care. Nursing at MD Anderson is filled with bright, motivated and caring employees. They are technically and intellectually prepared to provide the best cancer care available. Nearly 2,500 professional nurses work in our clinics and hospital as direct care providers, research nurses, advanced practice nurses, case managers and in numerous other roles. All nurses are encouraged and invited to attend and participate in the Nursing Practice Congress which was created to enable the professional nurse to define, implement, revise and maintain nursing practice standards with decision making at the point of care delivery.

MD Anderson received notification of Magnet Redesignation in February 2006 from the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The award recognizes nursing excellence throughout the institution, including MD Anderson's strength and commitment in providing superior services.

Professional Student Nurse Extern Program

MD Anderson's Professional Student Nurse Extern (PSNE) program allows nursing students the opportunity to work in a Magnet Recognized facility with an interdisciplinary health care team. PSNE program participants can advance their clinical and critical thinking skills at one of the nation’s foremost comprehensive cancer centers. Participants will obtain the basic knowledge and skills to practice oncology nursing while earning a competitive salary.  (See more information)

Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is designed to be a component of the new-graduate nurse’s formal orientation at MD Anderson. The clinical, leadership and socialization aspects complement one another and provide the opportunity for a well-balanced orientation into the role of registered nurse. (See more information)


Clinical nurse - Nursing professionals work in a variety of areas including: inpatient, outpatient and research, and they have multiple opportunities for reward, continuing education and professional growth.

Nursing support - Nursing support positions play an essential role in providing direct patient care support and a high level of customer service.

Advanced practice registered nurses - Our advanced practice nurses promote and maintain the health of the client across the health care continuum.

Nurse anesthetist - Our nurse anesthetist provide a specialized nursing service in administering anesthesia to surgical patients.

Research nurse - Our research nurses hold direct patient contact and are an essential member of the research team, along with the principal investigator who leads and oversees all aspects of the trial.

Nursing education - Nursing education employees provide formal and informal educational opportunities and services for all MD Anderson direct patient care staff.

Nursing management - Nursing management employees provide strategic and daily operational leadership for the assigned patient area. They are responsible for all aspects of clinical operations, customer service, finance, human resources and quality outcome management.

Nursing professional - There are a variety of professional-level opportunities, most with a business focus, in our patient care, research and administrative areas.

Student nurse - MD Anderson offers programs to fit the needs of current students, new graduates and current employees who wish to pursue a career in nursing.

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