Orlando Health’s Registered Nurse Residency Program spans your first year of employment with us and is designed to help you successfully transition into your professional nursing role. As a new nurse, you can expect to work with a diverse and experienced group of expert team members that will provide you with the resources necessary to develop a successful nursing career!

Nurses who complete the RN Residency Program will:

  • Demonstrate safe, competent patient care promoting Orlando Health’s Patient First Culture
  • Develop effective decision-making skills through clinical, didactic, and simulation-based learning experiences
  • Engage in active reflection to identify professional development goals and develop clinical leadership skills

What Our Program Offers New Nurses

Orlando Health hires newly licensed Registered Nurses on a weekly basis with the exception of weeks during which there is a holiday resulting in department closures.  Applications are submitted through our career center at OrlandoHealth.com. Associate degree nurses are hired under a Clinical RN I job code. Bachelor degree nurses are hired under a Clinical RN I/BSN job code.

Your application will be reviewed by our Recruitment department and then forwarded to our nurse managers who seek to fill positions. Once you interview and are offered a position with Orlando Health, you will be considered for the RN Residency Program. During Centralized Clinical Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Learning Consultant for the RN Residency Program and receive additional information about the program.  At that time, an educational plan will be set up based on the service line you are entering.

Graduate Nurse Residency Workdays

Throughout your first year with us, you’ll come together with other new nurses at the Orlando Health Institute for Learning to participate in RN Residency Workdays. During these pre-scheduled days, you will be provided with additional clinical and professional learning experiences including reflective discussions, and participation in simulated patient-care activities using state-of-the-art human patient simulators in our new laboratory setting. Attendance and participation during these prescheduled days is a requirement of the RN Residency Program. During these learning events, our new nurses have full access to the GN Learning Consultant to answer questions and provide support as needed. This is also another opportunity to network with other new nurses across the corporation.

Orlando Health Mentoring Program

As a team member at Orlando Health, the Orlando Health Mentoring program is available for your participation. Upon completing clinical orientation, you may discuss with your leadership team the opportunity to be paired with a mentor and receive the support and tools needed to further your success as a nurse. Please ask your Learning Specialist for more information regarding this beneficial opportunity.

Graduation/Completion of the Registered Nurse Residency Program

After the completion of the Residency Program, a celebration of your accomplishments will occur.
During this celebration, you will also have the opportunity to share your experiences as a new nurse to your leadership and fellow nurses.



The RN Residency Program will provide you with the tools needed to succeed. As part of your professional/educational development, it is expected that you attend all scheduled RN Residency Workday sessions.

Clinical Orientation

Your clinical orientation will be facilitated by an experienced preceptor in your area of clinical specialty; this orientation is generally between 8 to 12 weeks. A preceptor will introduce you to your nursing responsibilities and support you in developing a clinical practice that is personal to you. If necessary, orientation with the preceptor may be extended based on the evaluation of the preceptor, manager, learning specialist and the new nurse.

Human Patient Simulators

Orlando Health offers educational sessions just for new nurses designed to practice clinical situations on our patient simulators with the support of a clinical educator. Examples of previous simulator sessions are Pre-Code, General Assessment and Clinical Decision Making.

For more details, please contact our Learning Consultant for the Registered Nurse Residency Program:

Judy Pourtadayoun, MSN, RN, RN-BC at 321.841.1510

For additional employment information:

Call recruitment at 321.841.8625. As a graduate nurse, you can expect to take advantage of a diverse and experienced team with one goal in mind: your success. There are many offerings in our Registered Nurse Residency Program that will help you develop from a novice to an expert in the field of nursing.