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Nursing Students

Work/Life Balance

We know that you are not only a future nurse – you are also a parent, grandparent, son or daughter, bicyclist, artist, and member of your community. That’s why we created work/life programs to help you balance the things that are important to you.

We offer flexible scheduling to help you work when it’s best for you. Our paid time-off plan gives you the flexibility to choose your days off – whether for vacation, sick time or personal reasons. We have a child care center and offer sick-child care programs staffed by our own pediatric nurses so you can keep your youngest loved ones close to you.

Being part of our team also means you are part of our family. Taking care of family – at home or at work – is important to everyone at Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

Clinical Nursing Residency

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.

Tuition Assistance

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.

Internship 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.

Area College/Technical Programs

Morton Plant Mease offers degree programs in partnership with many local colleges and universities. You can find more information about these programs at any of these Web sites: