Residency Training

RN Residency Training

The Nurse Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital is an innovative program that provides newly licensed registered nurses (RN) clinical experience, expertise, and support as they begin to transition to the role of a professional nurse. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), research suggests that Nurse Residency Programs can reduce nurse turnover, increase job satisfaction, and improve clinical competence. The ANCC Practice to Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP) validates hospital residency programs that help newly licensed nurses successfully transition into their practice as an RN. Accredited programs are required to exemplify rigorous, evidenced-based standards for quality and excellence.

In 2017 and again in 2020, The Nurse Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program.

Accreditation Statement:

Nurse Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. The current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation is Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

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Float Team

The Nurse Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital is a 14-month program for newly licensed RNs who have been hired to a nursing unit. Benefits include:

  • Increased nurse retention.
  • Enhanced critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Enhanced leadership skills.
  • Increased confidence and competence in clinical nursing practice.
  • Opportunities for Professional Growth

Fundamental nursing skills for quality and safe patient care are honed on a designated nurse residency unit for several weeks. The nurse residents then transition to their specialty unit of hire to complete unit-specific clinical orientation and training. The newly licensed nurses are hired in a cohort of their peers which aids in the development of professional collaboration, colleague support, and provides opportunities to share experiences. The Nurse Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital which began in 2007, includes one – on – one personalized coaching with specially trained and experienced SMH nurses who have a passion for mentoring and training. In addition to comprehensive orientation to SMH, the nurse residents participate in professional development classes, case studies, expert speakers, and simulation training.

As a Magnet organization, SMH encourages BSN graduates to apply. In order to advance the nursing profession, we are committed to increasing the number of BSN prepared nurses at the bedside. It is expected that non-BSN graduates will be committed to completion of the BSN degree within three years of hire. Nurse residency participants are asked for a two-year employment commitment.

BSN Transition Team

Sarasota Memorial Hospital offers an exciting opportunity for Baccalaureate Graduate Nurses. The Transition Team is a unique experience that allows the newly licensed bachelor prepared nurse to become part of the SMH Magnet Nursing team and enter into the Nurse Residency Program. After the bachelor prepared nurse completes an application and is selected, they will be contacted by the Nurse Recruiter to interview with a panel of professional leaders within the organization. While Transition Team nurses are not hired directly to a unit, they will enter the Nurse Residency Program and begin their orientation on a Nurse Residency Unit. During their first few weeks of orientation on the Residency Unit, they will interview with individual Clinical Managers for open positions. Initiating a nursing career on a Medical, Surgical, Cardiac, Oncology, Rehab, or Neurology units will allow the graduate nurse to establish a solid foundation within their first year of practice. Transition Team Nurses secure a position prior to completion of the Residency Program. For the next Transition Team Interview Panel or for additional information please contact the Nurse Recruiter.

Online Brochure

Additional information regarding the Nurse Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital can be found here.

Application Process

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is accepting applications year round. You must be licensed in the state of Florida prior to the residency start date in order to apply. The Nurse Recruiter will review your information and notifications will be sent to eligible candidates. Potential candidates will be invited to an interview with hiring managers.

Standing out from the Crowd

  • Apply online to your area of interest or “BSN for Transition Team” for BSN candidates.
  • Complete the online application.
  • A Nurse Recruiter will review your information and notifications will be sent via email. We anticipate that there will be a large number of interested and eligible candidates.
  • Candidates may be invited to an interview with hiring managers.


  • Medical Units (Cardiac Progressive, Cardiac Acute, Neurology, Medical Short Stay, Trauma Progressive Care, Respiratory Progressive Care, Wound, Diabetic and Renal Unit)
  • Surgical (Orthopedics, General Surgery)
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Oncology
  • Step-down (cardiac thoracic and vascular unit)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Float Team


Throughout your transition, you are receiving support from your unit leadership, unit educators, nurse residency program coordinators. You will be provided with educational support, tools, handouts that will assist you in meeting your learning needs. We also provide strategies to promote your wellbeing throughout your first year.

Our clinical coaches (preceptors at SMH are called clinical coaches) are trained to facilitate your learning needs. They will assist you in learning new tasks and skills in caring for your patients. They will also help you develop your critical thinking skills. A dedicated clinical coach will be assigned to you by your leadership team in collaboration with the nurse residency program coordinators.

Throughout your clinical orientation you will be meeting bi-weekly with your unit leadership team and the nurse residency program coordinator. During this time, you will be given opportunities to share your experiences, identify learning needs, and develop plans to meet your educational training.

Our monthly seminars allow you the opportunity to meet and network with experts in a variety of practice settings. The nurse residency program supports you in joining your unit or housewide based committees, councils, and task forces that interest you. Once you have completed the 14-month nurse residency program, we encourage you to consider working towards a nursing certification in your specialty practice setting. Financial assistance may be available to assist you in obtaining higher education, nursing certification, and outside conferences. Also, SMH offers a variety of conferences year round that are free of charge for employees that aid in further development of your professional growth.

A Registered Nurse who has been licensed for 12 months or less.

Yes, you can apply if you have not graduated or have taken your NCLEX. You are required to have an active Florida RN license prior to starting in the Nurse Residency Program.

You are welcome to apply. The nurse residency program takes both bachelors prepared and associate degree nurses.

Nurse Residency cohorts are every 4 weeks.


Contact Information

For more information on the Nurse Residency Program
Paula Carlson, Nurse Recruiter at 941-917-1405

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Welcome to the FSU College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Our program received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in April of 2016 and we began training our first class of residents on July 1, 2017. Any interested and eligible medical school graduates or 4th year medical students must apply through ERAS and register for the National Resident Matching Program.



We offer a 3-year categorical Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, with 13 residents per year and total complement of 39 at full capacity.
Our program was carefully designed to meet the requirements specified by the ACGME, prepare residents for careers in primary care, general internal medicine and subspecialty training and serve a diverse socio-economic demographic patient population, including urban, suburban, elderly, underserved and underinsured.
During their three years of training, residents have the opportunity to rotate through all of the disciplines in general internal medicine under the supervision of top-notch physicians, researchers and medical educators, and participate in the care of patients in community clinics, nursing homes and private subspecialist practices.

  • Offers state-of-the-art facilities and technology, including a patient safety simulation lab and research center, in a hospital repeatedly recognized among top hospitals for quality, safety and clinical care.*
  • Provides residents with a balance of inpatient and outpatient medical experiences, research and leadership opportunities.
  • Offers exposure to a wide range of subspecialties and clinical pathways to tailor the residency experience to meet your individual career goals.

* Sarasota Memorial ranks repeatedly as #1 in the southwest Florida region (U.S. News & World Report) and among the top 100 in the nation for overall quality and care (Truven Health Analytics). It also is among 1% of hospitals recognized three times in a row with "Magnet" status.

We appreciate your interest in our residency program. For application information, program features and more detailed information, please visit: or call 941-917-7799.


Emergency Medicine Residency Program


The FSU COM Emergency Medicine Residency at Sarasota Memorial Hospital accepts nine first-year residents annually for the three-year program. We are a high volume, high acuity department, with a wealth of variety in our patient population. Graduates are superbly prepared to practice our specialty in any setting. The experienced core faculty has a variety of backgrounds and interests, covering all major areas of Emergency Medicine. We place particular emphasis on simulation training, emergency ultrasound, leadership development, and mastering essential business and administrative skills. We utilize ERAS and the NRMP for our application and selection process. There is no better place to train than Sarasota Memorial Hospital!

Please visit our website at for additional information.

Kelly P. O’Keefe, MD
Program Director

Pharmacy Residency Program


The Sarasota Memorial pharmacy residency program was established in 1999. The PGY1 residency program offers a unique “real-life” experience in the second largest community hospital in Florida. A wide array of rotations and experiences are available for our residents. Our preceptors are a highly trained diverse group, comprised of pharmacy specialists and unit-based pharmacists with many years of experience. At SMH, the PGY1 residency training is individualized for each resident. Our goal is to prepare you for the next step in your career, which may include the pursuit of a PGY2 residency or a position as a unit-based pharmacist in a community hospital.

The PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency will transition PGY1 graduates from general to specialized practice by preparing residents to be fully integrated members of the interdisciplinary emergency medicine team and to deliver comprehensive and integrated medication therapy management services. Graduates of the residency will possess the skills and competencies required to qualify them for clinical pharmacy specialists or academic faculty positions.


Our pharmacy department consists of a central pharmacy, ICU, Pediatrics, and OR satellites. Our department provides 24-hour comprehensive pharmacy services. Our pharmacy team includes over 90 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians/interns. Our clinical pharmacy staff consists of unit-based/decentralized pharmacists and clinical specialists who provide services in Antimicrobial Stewardship, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Inpatient Oncology, Outpatient Oncology, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Toxicology, Transitions of Care, and Trauma. We work collaboratively with physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, medical residents, and various other disciplines. We offer block APPE rotations to University of Florida, University of South Florida, and LECOM students. In addition, we offer 1-2 month rotations to other universities from multiple states including Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, and West Virginia. Teaching and precepting are a department priority and a majority of the pharmacists serve as IPPE, APPE, and/or Residency preceptors.

Sarasota, together with its neighbors to the north and south, Manatee County and Charlotte County, form the 7th-largest market in Florida. It is also Florida’s third-fastest growing major market. With over 600,000 people, the Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte area is one of the largest, most affluent markets in Florida. In the Sarasota area, you can enjoy the breathtaking sunsets, educational museums, operas, ballets, plays, golf tournaments, and boat races. The brilliant white sand of Longboat, Lido, and Siesta beaches will make you anxious to see more!

SMH operates the best available systems to provide the highest level of patient safety, privacy, and real-time access to patient information for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other caregivers. Currently, over 95% of all medication orders are transmitted via Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager, our CPOE system. In addition, more than 95% of all medication dispensing is through PYXIS Medstations (automated dispensing cabinets). We utilize CUBIE (computerized unit based inventory exchange) and PARx (PYXIS automated replenishing) technology to fill the machines using barcode scanning of the medication. DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager is utilized to promote safe IV medication preparation, reduce waste, and enhance pharmacy productivity. Nurses utilize an e-MAR and wireless barcode scanning for electronic medication administration documentation.

In this unique situation, one can fully explore all aspects of Pharmacy Informatics, from basic abilities to retrieving data and implementing system changes & enhancements that directly impact patient care and patient safety. Many opportunities are available to enhance skills in Excel, Access, Theradoc, REDCap, report writing, and more, as Pharmacy Informatics comes to life in this extraordinary setting. Get a glimpse into Information Technology, Servers, Network, and Integration. With the knowledge of Pharmacy Informatics you are able to effectively utilize the systems to enhance your clinical expertise!


Administrative Fellowship Program

The Administrative Fellowship at SMH will provide a practical learning experience and emphasize exposure to decision making at the governance, corporate, and executive levels. The first year, the fellow will participate in rotations throughout the system according to his/her interest and with preceptor guidance. The second year is spent managing projects that fulfill both the Fellow’s interests and the organization’s needs. The second year will also include providing guidance to the incoming First Year Fellow. The COO serves as the formal preceptor for the fellow with all members of the executive team providing mentorship.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a not-for-profit system which consists of an 839 bed hospital facility and an integrated network of outpatient facilities located throughout the county. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System will be soon expanding our services with the opening of a new oncology tower and Venice hospital location in the year 2021.

With almost 7,000 staff, it is Sarasota County’s largest employer. The hospital’s Medical Staff includes more than 1,400 credentialed providers who represent 60 specialties. Over 750 members of the community contribute their time and skills as volunteers.

Learn more about Sarasota by visiting this link:


The Administrative Fellow reports directly to President, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Administration Lorrie Liang, MHSA, FACHE. Lorrie works closely with the Administrative Fellows to provide mentoring, direction, and opportunities throughout the fellowship.


  • MHA, MBA, MHSA, MPH, or other related master’s program.

Required submission materials:

  • Current resume
  • Personal statement with qualifications, goals and objectives (1-2 pages),
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a faculty member)
  • Official Graduate School transcript.

Application Deadline
The application deadline for 2020 is 10/1/2020.

Submission Instructions
Please submit all application materials in one PDF document to with the subject line reading “Administrative Fellowship Application for (insert your name here)”.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about the Administrative Fellowship at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, please email current Administrative Fellow, Parker Dunaway at


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