Orlando Health’s Graduate Nurse Program spans your first year of employment with us and is designed to help you successfully transition into your professional nursing role. As a graduate 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 Graduate Nurse 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
  • Develop and present a professional development project during their one year graduation ceremony

What Our Program Offers Graduate and Novice Nurses

Centralized Graduate Nurse Residency Orientation

During your first week of employment at Orlando health, GNs come together for an Orientation Program designed specifically for graduate nurses. Through team-based, experiential learning, hands-on skills practice, and various clinical and professional development sessions you will be introduced to a wide range of skills and resources to help you provide safe, effective patient care and to begin developing your professional nursing career.

Graduate Nurse Residency Workdays

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

Orlando Health Mentoring Program

As a member of the Orlando Health organization, the Orlando Health Mentoring program is available for your participation. After completing clinical orientation, you can enroll into the mentoring program 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 of Graduate Nurse Residency Program

After the completion of the residency program, a celebration of your accomplishments will occur. During this graduation ceremony, you will also present your professional development project to your colleges and fellow nurses.



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

Clinical Orientation

Your clinical orientation is generally between 8 to 12 weeks with an experienced preceptor in your area of clinical specialty. Preceptors introduce GNs to their nursing responsibilities and help them develop a clinical practice that is personal to each graduate nurse. If necessary, orientation with the preceptor may be extended based on the evaluation of the preceptor, manager, learning specialist and graduate nurse.

Human Patient Simulators

Orlando Health offers educational sessions just for GNs and novice 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 GN Coordinator:

Barb Davis BSN, RN, at 321.841.5886

For employment information:

Call recruitment at 321.841.8625, or complete an online application for a Graduate Nurse / Clinical Nurse I position.
Our Graduate Nurse (GN) program spans the first year of your employment with Orlando Health. 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 GN Program that will help you develop from novice to expert.