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RN Residency Program

The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMHCS) is proud to offer an evidence-based approach to the integration of a new graduate into our healthcare system. A nurse residency program is a proven approach to assist new graduate registered nurses successfully integrate into the workforce.

As a Magnet facility, SHMCS strongly 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. Nurse residency participants are asked for a two-year commitment.

Positions for our RN Residency Program are posted online. Please only apply for requisitions with New Graduate RN Residency in the job title.  Those candidates who are interested in the BSN Transition Team are encouraged to apply for requisitions with BSN for Transition Team in the job title.

Benefits of our RN Residency program include:

  • Enhanced critical thinking and problem solving
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Increased nurse retention
  • Development of effective decision-making skills
  • Increased confidence in clinical nursing practice

Residency Program Design

  • Nurse Graduates work closely with a Clinical Coach. A Clinical Coach is a skilled and experienced nurse who uses evidence based approach to learning, providing direct instruction, coaching, mentoring and evaluating the performance of new graduate nurses.
  • Fourteen month program that includes class-room settings, support groups, case studies, simulation, shadowing opportunities and content speakers. More information regarding the SNAPP program will be provided during the orientation period.
  • A “new graduate” is defined as a Registered Nurse who has been licensed for 12 months or less.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Nursing Residency Program

Application Process

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is accepting applications year round. You must be licensed by the state of Florida by the residency start date in order to apply.

Standing out from the Crowd

  1. Apply online to “New Graduate RN Residency” or BSN for Transition Team for BSN candidates.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. 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.
  4. Candidates may be invited to an interview with hiring managers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is considered a New Graduate Nurse?

A “new graduate” is defined as a Registered Nurse who has been licensed for 12 months or less.

Can I apply if I have not graduated yet?

Yes, you can apply if you have not graduated yet, but scheduled for the NCLEX.

I have an Associate Degree in Nursing, can I apply?

You are welcome to apply.  Apply directly to “New Graduate RN Residency” requisition.

How often are cohorts?

New Graduate Nurse Cohorts start every four weeks.

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 will begin 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.

About our 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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Contact Us

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

Pharmacy Residency Program

The PGY1 residency program was established in 1999 and ASHP accredited the following year. This residency 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.

Pharmacy Department Overview

Our pharmacy department consists of a central pharmacy, ICU, Peds and OR satellites. Our department provides 24-hour comprehensive pharmacy services. Our pharmacy team includes 60 pharmacists and 32 pharmacy technicians. Our clinical pharmacy staff includes unit-based/decentralized pharmacists including specialty services in Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Cardiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Psychiatry, Inpatient Oncology, and Outpatient Oncology who work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and dieticians. We have a highly-trained diverse pharmacy staff that is made up of specialists, informatics system administrators, and unit-based pharmacists with a strong emphasis on clinical services. We offer 4-month block APPE rotations to University of Florida and LECOM students. In addition, we offer 1-2 month rotations to other universities from multiple states including Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Teaching and precepting are a department priority and a majority of the pharmacists serve as IPPE, APPE, and/or PGY-1 Residency preceptors.
At SMH, our preceptor group is comprised of pharmacy specialists and unit-based pharmacists. We strive to create a nurturing and supportive environment where our highly-qualified preceptors play the role of educators and mentors to prepare you for a community-based institutional practice. The residency offers a unique “real-life” experience, designed to prepare you for a unit-based hospital pharmacist position in a community hospital (Did you know that 95% of all the hospitals in Florida are community hospitals?) or a position in a PGY-2 or Fellowship program.


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 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. The 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, 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!

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