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Bloomington-Normal Magnet Nursing

Carle BroMenn Medical Center attained Magnet® recognition in 2021 for a second time. In 2025, Carle BroMenn Medical Center will apply for re-designation.


Nursing By The Numbers


registered nurses at Carle BroMenn Medical Center


of registered nurses at Carle BroMenn Medical Center have at least a bachelor’s degree


of registered nurses at Carle BroMenn Medical Center have a specialized certification

Impacting the Local Community

The Benefits of Professional Nursing Organization Involvement

Crystal Bricker, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a nursing professional development specialist in the Perioperative Services department at Carle BroMenn Medical Center (CBMC). Bricker has been actively involved in the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) for many years. “In March of 2022, I attended the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo, where I was recognized by AORN with the 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Education, Clinical Award, for the work I did partnering with Illinois Wesleyan University to facilitate a senior nursing student with the opportunity to complete their leadership clinical in the OR at CBMC. From that experience, the student was able to secure a position in an OR nurse residency program at a Chicagoland hospital right after graduation.” Being involved in AORN has been a tremendous support for Bricker’s nursing career. Carle offers support for Bricker’s involvement with AORN by providing continuing education opportunities and reimbursement to support the maintenance of her national certification as a certified operating room nurse (CNOR).

Carle BroMenn opens new, fully integrated catheterization lab.

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Carle BroMenn Medical Center (CBMC) is a full-service lab caring for heart, vascular, stroke, neuro and interventional radiology patients. Since 2016, lab procedure volume has grown by over 42%, and procedures performed in the prep and holding area grew by 78%. Staff were challenged by space constraints and aging equipment that frequently needed repair. Nurse leaders Laura McCartney, MSN, RN, CNOR, director of Cardiovascular Services at CBMC, and Becky Buchwak, MSN, RN, CV-BC, patient care manager, cath lab at CBMC, recognized this cramped environment and old technology were affecting the staff and patient experience. They worked closely with finance partners and were key in developing a business plan to acquire $12 million in funding needed to replace the equipment and improve the space in these areas.

Carle BroMenn nurses look toward the future with VR.

The digital age continues to shape the way we learn and work. Nurses at Carle BroMenn Medical Center (CBMC) are testing virtual reality (VR) as another way to leverage technology to improve their skills. Angelia DeWeese, MSPH, CHSE, CSM, MOT, simulation education specialist at CBMC, and Lori Harper, director, nursing practice at CBMC, are partnering with Carle BroMenn Medical Center Endowed Professor Marilyn A. Prasun, PhD, CCNS, CNL, CHFN, FAHA, Mennonite College of Nursing, on a pilot program to learn more about the benefits of VR and how it can be effectively incorporated into training clinicians. This involves a training module where nurses complete a sepsis patient scenario through VR. This pilot included a group of 31 participants comprising Emergency Department nurses and ICU charge nurses. “This technology is not meant to replace current training methods,” DeWeese said. “It is an additional modality for staff professional development. Ultimately, we want to improve patient outcomes for sepsis.”

Dedicated Education Units welcome new students.

During the fall semester of 2023, Carle BroMenn Medical Center (CBMC) welcomed 16 new Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) nursing students from the Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN). A Dedicated Education Unit is an innovative approach to nursing education, partnering with academic institutions to prepare the nursing workforce of the future. Clinical experiences for nursing students are done by immersing them in one hospital unit and exposing them to the culture and system of CBMC throughout their nursing education. Students are integrated into the workplace in a way that allows them to be an integral part of the workflow, so they experience a realistic picture of nursing practice.

A DEU model bridges the education-practice gap, tackling the faculty shortage, allowing more students to be admitted to nursing programs, and easing the new graduate transition from education to practice. It also offsets onboarding expenses and connects potential nurse employees while they are still in their nursing programs.

I Choose to be a Carle Health Nurse

Every day, nurses at Carle go above and beyond to care for and develop lasting relationships with their patients. We reached out to a few of our Bloomington-Normal registered nurses to get their perspectives on a simple question: Why do you choose to be a Carle nurse?

I Am Empowered.

“Carle strives for a safe work environment and empowers me to provide knowledgeable and holistic patient care”
Benedicte Ngeno, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Surgical Nursing Unit

Carle Supports Nurses Needs.

“As I nurse, I understand the importance of achieving excellence in nursing to promote positive patient outcomes but also realize it is just as important to support nurses’ needs. Carle BroMenn strives for both and I am proud to work here.”
Angela Harrison MSN, RN, CMSRN
Carle BroMenn Medical Center, RN Educator-PCU/Stroke Program

Carle Advocates for Diversity and Inclusivity.

“Carle Health advocates for Mental Health Awareness, Diversity in the Workplace and Inclusivity throughout all areas of practice."
Travis Phillips, BSN
Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Mental Health Services

I Work with the Best Group of People.

"I have stayed at Carle because of my coworkers. I truly work with the best group of people who want to make a difference in their patients' lives."
Katelyn Reynolds, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Charge Nurse Pediatrics

Advancing Your Nursing Career with Carle Health

Carle makes it easier for people to acquire the skills and support they need to enter the workforce with confidence. From nursing school graduates looking for a way to ease into their practice, to high school graduates interested in the healthcare field, Carle has a variety of programs to help people get to work. We encourage our nurses to grow their career through training and education by providing tuition assistance.

For more information, visit our Carle Workforce Development page.

Recognizing Our Exceptional Nurses

The Carle Nurse Exemplar Award is one of the highest honors Carle nurses can attain. Exemplars are nominated and selected by their peers as models of excellence, compassion and collaboration.

2023 Nurse Exemplar Awards

Nurse Exemplar
Justin K. Eighner, BSN
Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Clinical Resource Unit

Nursing Excellence at Carle

Nearly 5,000 nurses practice in a variety of settings from inpatient to ambulatory to our health plan. Click here to check out our Carle Health 2022 Nursing Annual Report.

Champaign - Urbana

Carle Foundation Hospital and the Carle Physician Group attained Magnet recognition in 2019 for a third time. In 2023, Carle Foundation Hospital and the Carle Physician Group will apply for re-designation and Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center will start their Magnet® designation journey.

Greater Peoria

In 2019 Carle Health Proctor Hospital attained Magnet recognition for the first time while Carle Health Methodist Hospital attained Magnet recognition for the fourth time. In 2023, Carle Health Methodist Hospital and Carle Health Proctor Hospital will apply for re-designation and Carle Health Pekin Hospital will start their Magnet® designation journey.

Join Our Team

Based in Urbana, IL, Carle Health is a vertically integrated system with nearly 16,500 team members in its eight hospitals, physician groups and a variety of healthcare businesses and is recognized as a Great Place to Work®. Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Carle Foundation Hospital, Carle Health Methodist Hospital and Carle Health Proctor Hospital hold Magnet® designations, the nation’s highest honor for nursing care. Carle Foundation Hospital ranks as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades®. The system includes Methodist College and Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, and Health Alliance™.

Find out where you fit. Carle Health offers so many opportunities for great nurses. View our open positions or start a chat now to figure out where you fit best based on your training and interests.