Nurse Residency Program

The Residency Program supplements the traditional hospital and unit orientations. One of the primary goals of the program is to improve the residents’ critical thinking skills and ability to manage outcomes data to promote patient safety. The TMH Nurse Residency Program, located in Tallahassee, Florida, is designed in conjunction with the University Health System Consortium. The focus of the program content is on development of residents’ leadership skills, analysis of evidence through reviews of literature, application of outcomes data to patient care improvements and professional development.


  • New graduates who are licensed in the state of Florida as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • New graduates who are waiting to take the NCLEX, have a testing number, and have Graduate Nurse (GN) status.
  • Florida licensed RNs with less than six months experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting.
  • BSN applicants will be given priority. It is expected that AS graduates will be committed to completion of the BSN degree within 3 years.

Residency Classes 

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare's Nurse Residency Program provides classes on a quarter system with cohorts beginning in February, June, August and October of each year.

Apply Online

If you have any questions, please contact our Nurse Recruiter Renata Roldao at Renata.Roldao@TMH.ORG or 850-431-5134. 

2021 Application Windows

Cohort Apply Window Start Date
February - May June 14, 2021
May - July August 16, 2021
July - October October 25, 2021

Applying to the Program

1. Apply to the position of New Graduate RN Residency Program. Please note the position is only open during the application dates listed on the eligibility page.

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2. Please email the following documents to complete the application process. This must be done during the application period.

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A professional resume to include:
    • GPA - Overall GPA accompanied by unofficial transcripts
    • Employment History- organization, dates, job title, responsibilities
    • Volunteer Service- name of organization, role, and responsibilities
    • Leadership roles in work, school or service organization; honors & awards
    • Academic clinical experiences: institution name, unit, dates and brief descriptions of care provided and competencies performed

3. Selected candidates will participate in a series of interviews with the Nurse Recruiter, Nurse Residency Program Coordinator and Nurse Managers. These interviews will be scheduled by the Nurse Recruiter.

4. Candidates offered employment at TMH will be contacted and further information will be given as to their start of employment. Those not receiving offers of employment will also be notified with a message of appreciation for their interest in nursing at TMH. All accepted candidates must have either a verifiable Registered Nurse license or possess Graduate Nurse status with the Florida Board of Nursing prior to the first day of employment.  

Program Guidelines

The participant will:

  • Attend and actively participate in all activities in the program including: projects, online courses, small groups, journals and career planning. All of the program activities take place during paid hours off the unit.
  • Complete all assignments in the program which include: projects, online courses, classes, journals and a career plan.
  • Complete all program evaluation and participant satisfaction surveys


What is a Nurse Residency Program?
The Nurse Residency Program at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is a year-long series of learning experiences designed to support new nurses as they transition into professional nursing practice. All new nurse graduates will be enrolled in the program and begin employment at TMH in one of the four groups admitted each year.

What are the criteria for admission?
Full time RNs who are:

  • New graduates who will be licensed in the state of Florida as RNs or have Graduate Nurse status issued by The Florida Board of Nursing.
  • Florida licensed RNs who have less than 6 months experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting.
Do I need to pass the NCLEX prior to applying?

You may interview and be offered a position contingent upon passing the NCLEX, however, you must either have an active RN license or Graduate Nurse status prior to your first day of employment. Students looking to start after licensure will be able to apply to the next Nurse Residency Program cohort offered.

Is a BSN degree required?
Associate and BSN graduates are all eligible for the program. BSN applicants will be given priority. It is expected that AS graduates will be committed to completion of the BSN degree within three years.

What will my schedule be during the Residency?
The first week of employment will be full time, 8-4:30 weekdays. When you begin the unit orientation you will work the same hours as your Preceptor. Once orientation to the unit is completed, you will move to the regularly scheduled pattern of shifts for your position. Time dedicated to the Residency Program activities will be accommodated in your schedule.

What will I be paid while in the Residency Program?
All hours worked during the residency are paid at your regular RN rate. There is no change in the beginning salary for new graduates and there is no pay adjustment upon completion of the program.

Is it possible to take time off during the residency?
Yes, paid leave and requests for time off will follow TMH policy.

Do I have to participate in the Residency Program to become employed at TMH as a new graduate?
Yes, all new graduates will be enrolled in the Residency Program.

Does this program replace the traditional orientation program?
No, this program complements and supplements the traditional orientation. All new graduates will complete the traditional orientation which has class, online and clinical practice experiences. The orientation will take place on the clinical unit for which the nurse is hired.

Do Nurse Residents choose their unit or are they assigned?
RN residents will provide their top three nursing areas. The RN Residency Team will setup panel interviews and work to place the RN residents in one of the top three preferred nursing areas.

What staff support do Nurse Residents receive?
The Program Coordinator of the Nurse Residency Program, unit educators, facilitators and Nurse Residents Preceptor for each clinical area have advanced nursing education and experience in transitioning new nurses from students to professionals and in the clinical specialty areas they support.

The Managers participate in the interviewing and selection process for all of the Residents in her/his assigned clinical unit. In addition, the Managers are responsible for scheduling, facilitating the individualized preceptor experience, continuously revising the unit-specific orientation pathways, and evaluating the progress of each assigned Nurse Resident.

The Managers have the overall responsibility to ensure that the Nurse Residency Program provides the socialization, clinical and educational experiences for the professional growth and development of new graduate nurses at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

Sample Seminar Topics

Tales from the bedside

  • Monthly seminar days begin with a facilitated discussion of the residents’ experiences since the last seminar. This time allows the residents to share concerns, fears and frustrations and to ask questions. Many residents identify this part of the seminar as the most important to them.

Curriculum Content

  • After the discussion segment of the seminar, the focus turns to application of curriculum content to actual complex clinical scenarios.
  • Seminar topics include:
    • Stress management and self care
    • Organization of data/shift report
    • Communication between nurse/care team/physician
    • Conflict resolution
    • Nurse sensitive patient outcomes: Fall and pressure ulcer prevention
    • Management of the changing patient condition
    • Professionalism
    • Evidence-based practice
    • End of life care and ethical decision making
    • Patient pain management

Contact Us

To speak with the RN Residency Recruiter, please contact 850-431-5134 or by email.