St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Center for Nursing Excellence at Eskenazi Health

As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

– Maya Angelou

The St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Center for Nursing Excellence at Eskenazi focuses on recruiting and retaining high quality nurses through expanding the services and continuing education opportunities provided to them.  The primary endeavors include:

  • Enhance the state-of-the-art simulation lab

The simulation lab offers essential professional development training opportunities for nurses at all levels of experience in a risk free, experiential learning environment to improve the quality of care and promote safety for both the patient and the clinician.

  • Developing a robust nurse recognition program

Recognition programs emphasize the importance of clinician-patient relationships, clinical knowledge and decision making, as well as teamwork and collaboration. The intent is to motivate and inspire the nursing staff while highlighting the role of nurses across the entire health system.

  • Providing professional development opportunities

Eskenazi Health is a major teaching hospital for nurses and seeks to continually improve the skills of all of our nurses and nurse educators by supplementing their clinical and technical skills with training in a variety of techniques and evidence-based adult learning practices.

  • Creating nurse residency and fellowship programs

One-year nurse residency and fellowship programs in critical care, burn, and other disciplines provide education and support to assist the graduate nurses in developing clinical decision-making abilities and knowledge, as well as enhancing discipline-specific technical skills.

  • Expanding the student extern program

The extern program recruits BSN students who have completed their junior year of college, and empowers them to become active members of the health care team.

The St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Center for Nursing Excellence at Eskenazi Health Is an active and visible commitment to the critical importance of education and support for nursing practice. Through the Center, Eskenazi Health will become a leader in nursing, benefitting the health system as a whole as well as every patient served. Click here to support all of the nurses at Eskenazi Health.

If you have questions about the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Center for Nursing Excellence or would like to know more, please contact Ollie Hairston at or 317.880.4910.