More than one–quarter of Sparrow’s 8,400 Caregivers are Nurses. These 2,100 women and men are the heart and soul of Sparrow’s commitment to quality, compassionate care.

While every single Caregiver drives our mission of improving the health of the people in the mid-Michigan region, Nurses are the most visible example of our dedication to delivering the very best experience to everyone we serve, every time.

Sparrow’s vision is to be recognized as a national leader in quality and Patient experience.

A satisfying nursing career is one where your uniqueness and contributions are encouraged.

At Sparrow, we appreciate Nurses as individuals and their contributions to our mission and vision. This is shown by our Magnet status signifying the highest level of nursing excellence, quality Patient care, and innovative professional nursing practices in the country. We were originally designated as a Magnet hospital in 2009. The American Nurses Credentialing Center honored Sparrow with Magnet redesignation by a unanimous vote in 2014.

We’re a teaching hospital and the regional referral center for cancer, trauma, pediatrics, orthopedics, cardiovascular, neonatal intensive care, and neurological care, which gives you options you won’t find in smaller facilities. Our Emergency Department is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in mid-Michigan. A separate pediatric ED is specifically designed for Patients under 19.

Whether you chose to specialize in a narrow niche or experience the range of roles available, we’ll help you find the position that fulfills you.

Under the Sparrow umbrella, you’re not limited to a position within the walls of Sparrow Hospital. Sparrow Nurses also provide dialysis, behavioral health, residential hospice, and long-term acute care, in addition to making thousands of home health visits each year.

Whether you are a new graduate or an experienced clinician, Sparrow can help you fulfill your professional goals. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of our Patients.

Leadership Welcome

Sparrow was originally designated as a Magnet hospital in 2009 and our team’s ongoing commitment to clinical and service excellence helped us meet the stringent redesignation standards, which focus on measurable outcomes, in June 2014. Magnet designation is held by only 401 of America’s 6,000 hospitals and is national verification of the excellence of our Nurses — something we are proud of and have always known.

Over the past years I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of our staff through committee work, nursing functions and rounds. I enjoy learning from questions, comments and advice as I make rounds in units and clinics. This keeps me energized, focused and nursing-sensitive.

Please explore nursing at Sparrow through the resources available on this site. We place priority on professional growth and development, as well as shared governance in our daily practice.

Sparrow is a nationally-recognized Nursing Center of Excellence that supports the art and science of professional practice. Won’t you join us?

Professional Growth

Ongoing education

A skilled Nurse preceptor guides our extensive orientation program to familiarize you with Sparrow and your specific department. Sparrow provides in-service education to help keep you current in the constantly changing health care environment.

Sparrow is an approved provider of continuing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, accredited through the American Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation. Our education affiliations include Baker College, Lansing Community College, and Michigan State University.

Professional development

You’ll benefit from a steady offering of education opportunities including programs that offer contract hours through Sparrow’s provider status with the Wisconsin Nurses Association. Monthly Nurse Enrichment Day presents a variety of topics on current nursing issues. We also conduct Charge Nurse development, preceptor workshops, and an Aspiring Nurse Leader program as well as a variety of other professional advancement opportunities.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Incentive Program

Sparrow will provide assistance* for a BSN completion. Tuition and fees are reimbursed for some undergraduate courses, once you meet the program’s criteria. Full- and part-time Nurses employed at Sparrow for at least three months are eligible.

Nursing Professional Specialty Certification Recognition Award Program

As a professional Nurse at Sparrow, you’ll be eligible for a monetary award* when obtaining or renewing certain national certifications.

Magnet Hospital

Sparrow’s Magnet Designation for nursing excellence means more great Nurses caring for you. This is just one way we’re changing health care for the better.

It’s the Sparrow Way.

Nurse Magnet Designation is the nation’s most prestigious honor for nursing achievement and excellence. Considered the “gold standard” for nursing care in hospitals, Magnet status is held by only about 7% of American hospitals.

Sparrow was originally designated as a Magnet hospital in 2009 and our team’s ongoing commitment to clinical and service excellence helped meet the stringent redesignation standards in 2014. Redesignation standards focus on measurable outcomes.

Magnet Designation means Sparrow Hospital is a recognized leader in quality Patient care, nursing excellence and innovative professional nursing practices.

Our Nurses

Sparrow Nurses are a crucial part of Sparrow’s mission to provide quality, compassionate care to every Patient, every time. Watch their stories below and see what inspires them to consistently go above and beyond for Sparrow Patients.

Debbie Lopez was so touched by the care her brother received from Sparrow’s Nurses that she decided to become a Nurse herself. Watch her story:

Another Sparrow Nurse, Melissa Hinkle , spearheaded a first-in-the-nation way to communicate about patient conditions during ambulance rides. View her story:

When Sparrow Nurse Michael Maher was young, he wanted to become a TV meteorologist. Watch him tell his story about how he was inspired to become a Nurse.

Nurse Residency Program

As a graduate nurse, you can depend on Sparrow to help you become a successful, skilled and self-confident Registered Nurse.

Sparrow offers a Nurse Residency Program for after you have graduated Nursing school and achieved licensure. Sparrow’s Nurse Residency program is a great opportunity for new grad Registered Nurses to gain the self-confidence, knowledge, and clinical expertise needed to be a successful Nurse.

The Nurse Residency begins with a competency based orientation on one adult inpatient med-surg or step-down unit. The Nurse Residency Program will last one year, and Registered Nurses will continue to receive support and education from Sparrow’s Nursing Leadership and Educators.

Interested? The program is offered year round and you can apply online through our Public Job Postings!

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Help us celebrate the compassionate and skilled care provided by extraordinary Sparrow Nurses. Nominate a Nurse today!

As a designated Nurse Magnet hospital, Sparrow is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day, our Nurses go above and beyond for our Patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts.

Have you received exceptional care from a Sparrow Nurse? Please consider nominating them for The DAISY Award®.

The DAISY Award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the Nurses who cared for Patrick, and created this international award to say thank you to Nurses everywhere.

A Sparrow Nurse will be chosen every month to receive The DAISY Award. You can nominate Nurses throughout the year.

Here are just a few examples of Sparrow's remarkable DAISY recipients in action:

Nominating a Nurse takes only a few minutes. Honor their compassion and care by filling out this online form.