Nursing Careers at Baptist Health Louisville

Baptist Health Louisville is a three-time Magnet® designated organization and we pride ourselves on meeting the highest standards in the world for nursing excellence by achieving this prestigious designation. 

Our hospital serves the greater metropolitan Louisville and southern Indiana communities and provides both acute hospital as well as psychiatric and rehabilitation services. Major service lines include cardiovascular, orthopedics, neuroscience and neurosurgery, maternal child with a Level III NICU and oncology.

Being a three-time Magnet® designated organization has helped develop our well known reputation as a desirable place to build a career in nursing and enjoy a professional practice environment. Each quarter we receive nominations for our DAISY® Award for Extraordinary Nurses to recognize those on our staff who go above and beyond for our patients.

“Magnet hospitals have high levels of employee and patient satisfaction, showing they value nursing talent and recognize the importance of providing an outstanding patient experience. These hospitals attract the best and brightest nurses, employing those whose values, experiences, and knowledge allow these facilities to maintain the highest standards.”


Some additional benefits to working at Baptist Health Louisville include:

  • Recruitment bonuses for selected positions. 
  • Pay differential for working shifts such as nights and evenings. 
  • Education assistance. 
  • Baptist Milestone Wellness center and health focus for our employees. 
  • New Graduate Residency Program. 
  • Nurse Leadership Residency for Emerging Leaders.

In addition to designation as a Magnet facility, individual recognition for nursing excellence is promoted at Baptist Health Louisville. Some of these recognitions events include:

  • Preceptor of the Year Awards luncheon 
  • Nurse of the Year 
  • Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony

Awards are presented for excellence in Research, Education, Formal & Informal Leadership, Rising Star and the highly prestigious Nightingale Award.

Nursing Professional Development

Baptist Health Louisville offers several professional development options for nurses looking to strengthen skills for their current role or to move into future leadership positions. These opportunities include group classes and individual or group projects that may lead to lasting organizational change. Some of these opportunities include the Nurse Leadership Residency Program, Nurse Research Fellowship, and our clinical ladder program, Successful Transitions to Advancement and Recognitions or STAR Program.

Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP)

Baptist Health Louisville’s New Graduate Nurse Residency Program has received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Practice Transition Accreditation Program® with Distinction. Through this program, new graduate nurses are offered additional education, guidance, and support throughout their first year as a nurse.

Tuition Assistance

To assist nurses with continuous professional development outside of internal offerings, Baptist Health Louisville offers tuition assistance to cover costs related to approved tuition expenses, as well as for national nursing certification exam fees. Certification review materials are also available to assist staff with exam preparation. (Limits to reimbursement funds set by hospital policy.)



Some of the most common types of free on-site education we offer are:

  • Clinically based symposia that are free to staff on a variety of specialties. 
  • Annual Research Day 
  • Evidence Based Practice Showcase 
  • Grand Rounds


Baptist Health Louisville also participates in the international DAISY Nurse Program.

Blind nominations for the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses are submitted quarterly to a peer nursing committee to recognize those staff who go above and beyond for our patients and who exemplify the following:

  • Dedicated to patient care and satisfaction. 
  • Attitude remains positive and demonstrates professionalism in the workplace. 
  • Interested in the needs of the patient and family. 
  • Stands for and demonstrates the caring ideals, mission and values of Baptist Health Louisville. 
  • Yearly evaluation is in good standing. Employee is viewed by peers as a team player.

Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving nurse for this award, which is given each quarter. The DAISY Award, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died at 33 from ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes family was awestruck by not only the clinical skills, but the caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere. Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees nominate deserving nurses for this award.

Awards & Accreditations

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center® (ANCC) Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. 
  • Three-time Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing services. 
  • National Recognition for Nursing Excellence. 
  • Ranked #2 in Metro Area in 2017 U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Best Places to Work in Kentucky. 
  • Ranked #1 in Metro Area in 2016 U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Top 50 Heart Care Hospitals. 
  • Best Hospital Award.

To view and apply for open positions at Baptist Health Louisville, please visit our HR portal. We look forward to receiving your application!