Nursing Facts

Total number of employed clinical nurses at Orlando Health - 3858

Educational degrees of clinical nurses

  • Associate of Science in Nursing - 44%
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - 56%
  • Master of Science in Nursing - 8%

Percent of clinical nurses with national specialty certification - 34%

Vacancy rate – 7.5%

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Orlando Health handle staffing of their patient units?

Staffing decisions are based on matching the needs of the patients to the competencies of the nurse and by utilizing a flexible staffing model that is adjusted upward or downward based on the unit need, patient’s condition, and complexity of nursing care. Throughout the day, nursing leaders evaluate the skill level of nurses, patient census, and acuity of the patients to maintain staffing targets of 1:4 or 1:5 for days on medical and surgical units and 1:6 for nights. In our intensive care units we maintain staffing targets of 1:2 or 1:1. At the end of 2017, Orlando Health nursing units will move to patient acuity based staffing model.

Is there a difference between the orientation of experienced nurses and nurses who are newly licensed?

Orientation for experienced nurses includes classroom and clinical experiences with a preceptor. The length of orientation varies depending on the nurse's clinical background and past experiences due to the individualization of the orientation to meet the needs of the nurse.

On the other hand, all newly registered nurses participate in the Registered Nurse Residency Program that lasts through the first year of employment with Orlando Health. Newly licensed nurses who are in the RN Residency Program are partnered with an RN preceptor throughout their orientation to assist newly licensed RN with enculturation to professional nursing practice at Orlando Health. Click on the following link for more information about the RN Residency Program at Orlando Health

What type of schedule do nurses work?

Nurses at Orlando Health have the ability to work various flexible scheduling options. Nursing units utilize self-scheduling to accommodate the standard shift options of twelve, eight, and four hours along with the standard shift start times of 7 am to 7 pm and 7 pm to 7 am.

Are there opportunities to work pool?

Orlando Health has a dedicated department that hires nurses who are interested in a pool position. Many of our nurses who are hired into pool positions have critical care experience and are oriented to the vast majority of our patient care areas. Pool nurses are compensated at a higher rate due to the additional skills and flexibility that is required for pool positions.

How are nurses involved in leadership?

Clinical nurses are an integral part of leadership at Orlando Health. Through our five corporate nursing councils, other interprofessional councils, committees, and taskforces at the corporate, hospital, and unit levels, clinical nurses work collaboratively with nursing leaders to guide, support, and recommend changes to nursing practice. Click on the following link for more information about the nursing councils at Orlando Health.