Nursing Education Opportunities
We know that growing and developing your nursing career is very important. You can rest assured that we’re committed to the professional growth and development of our nursing staff. That’s why we’ve created extensive education and development programs for nurses. Here’s a look at many of the opportunities available to our nursing team.
Clinical Nursing Residency Currently, we are not accepting new candidates for this program
To provide RNs with opportunities for professional growth, personal satisfaction, recognition, and economic rewards based on their contributions to quality patient care, Morton Plant Mease has developed the Professional Nurse Clinical Ladder. This system is based on the possession of critically required knowledge and skills at specified levels of the ladder.
Graduate nurses enter the Clinical Ladder in the Clinical Nurse Resident (CNR) role and are placed in the Clinical Nurse Residency. This program is designed to assist the novice nurse in making a positive transition from the academic to the acute care hospital setting. The residency lasts approximately 180 days. During the first 6 weeks, the CNR is paired with an experienced RN. After that, the CNR is provided with a designated resource person as he or she gains the necessary competencies to advance to the Clinical Nurse role.
Qualifications for the Clinical Nursing Residency are:
- Graduate of an accredited diploma, associate, or baccalaureate degree nursing program
- Current Basic Life Support certification
- Eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida
- Letter of reference from faculty or health care employer
George W. Morris Earn As You Learn
We offer three types of programs: RN, LPN, and an LPN/Paramedic-RN Pilot program. If you are chosen for this program, you will be able to attend school, attain an education, work to build a career, and earn a salary all at the same time.
Internship Programs Currently, we are not accepting new candidates for these programs
Internship programs offered by the Patient Services Division of Morton Plant Mease Health Care provide nurses with the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to practice in a variety of clinical specialties:
- Critical Care Internship (Medical-Surgical Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Neurological, Cardiovascular Surgical and Post-Anesthesia)
- Progressive Care Course Internship
- Emergency Department Nurse Internship
- Perioperative Services Internship
- Labor & Delivery Internship
- Neonatal Intensive Care Internship
- Case Management Internship
All programs involve a period of concentrated theory (traditional lecture, online study or a combination of the two) followed by clinical practice. Nurses currently working within the Morton Plant Mease system are eligible to apply, as well as those with current Florida Licensure. The programs are fully funded by the health system. Participants receive pay and benefits while attending the program and upon successful completion, are employed in a full-time, staff position.
Morton Plant Mease is part of BayCare Health System, an alliance of nine hospitals throughout the Tampa Bay area. To ensure that all team members have educational resources, a unique model has been designed that includes Clinical Education departments at the hospital level, and a regional education department.
Additional benefits include:
- Continuing education
- Unit based education
- Online classes
- Self studies
- Clinical ladder
- Advancement classes
- Career development
- Resource library
Continued learning is the key to advancing your career and meeting your full potential as an important member of our organization and community. Morton Plant Mease offers a tuition assistance program for both part-time and full-time team members.
Area College/Technical Programs
Morton Plant Mease partners with many local colleges and universities. You can find more information about these schools at any of these Web sites: