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 Nurse Residency Program is designed in conjunction with the University Health 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.

Eligibility

  • New graduates who will be licensed in the state of Florida as RNs within no more than four weeks of the start dates listed below.
  • Florida licensed RNs who have less than six months experience as a registered nurse in a hospital 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 for 2014

Start Date: Applications Accepted: 
Cohort 8 - July 6, 2015 March 1 - March 22, 2015
Cohort 9 - September 28, 2015 May 25 - June 14, 2015
Cohort 10 - February 16, 2016 September 27 - October 18, 2015
Cohort 11 - July 3, 2016 March 7 - March 27, 2015
Cohort 12 - September 26, 2016 May 23 - June 12, 2015

Applying to the Program

1. Apply to the position of New Graduate RN Residency Program on the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare job board. Please note the position is only open during the application dates listed above.

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

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
  • Two professional letters of recommendation, one of which can be from a clinical faculty member

A Cover Letter addressing the topics below:

  • TMH's vision is to "Lead our community to be the healthiest in the Nation", how do you see your role as a nurse in helping us achieve this?
  • Why do you want to begin your career at TMH?
  • What are your expectations of this program and how will it help you achieve your goals?
  • Why should you be chosen for this residency program?
  • How do your experiences outside of the nursing field relate to your nursing career?
  • What was your favorite clinical experience and why?
  • How do your long term career goals align with TMH?

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 and will conclude four to six weeks after the application period closes.

4. Candidates offered employment at TMH will be contacted approximately three weeks prior to the start date indicated and further information will be given as to their start of employment. Those not receiving offers of employment will also be notified within the same timeframe with a message of appreciation for their interest in nursing at TMH. All accepted candidates must have a verifiable license with the Florida Board of Nursing prior to date 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
  • There is a financial commitment by TMH to the residency program for each resident. TMH asks that each resident also commit to TMH for a period of two clinical years, which is supported by a $5,000 obligation to TMH by the resident if the agreement is not fulfilled.

FAQs

Nursing FAQsWhat 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 three 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 prior to the date listed below.
  • Florida licensed RNs who have less than 6 months experience as a registered nurse in a hospital setting.

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.

Do I have to participate in the Residency Program to become employed at TMH as a new graduate?
Yes, all new graduates, beginning with the December 2012 graduates, will be required to complete 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.

What if I do not like the unit I work on during my first two years of employment?
Requests for unit transfers are considered on an individual basis according to TMH policy.

Contact Information
To speak with the Nursing Recruiter please contact Justin Sharpe by phone at 850-431-5134 or by email.

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