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RN Fellowship Program

Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

Memorial Healthcare System’s RN Fellowship Program trains experienced nurses who want to transition to a new specialty nursing practice. Advance your skills during this immersive yearlong experience with classroom lessons, clinical experience and a rigorous academic project.

Why Choose the Memorial RN Fellowship Program? 

The RN Fellowship Program prepares you and gives you confidence as you start the next phase of your nursing career. Choose from a wide range of clinical and nonclinical tracks, including critical care, oncology, infection control, labor and delivery and clinical nurse educator. As an RN fellow, you will: 

  • Challenge yourself: Gain the specialized knowledge that comes when you step beyond your current role and try something new. 
  • Enhance your clinical competence: Learn and practice new skills in our simulation lab and get hands-on experience. 
  • Participate in an immersive learning experience: Prepare and increase your on-the-job confidence by focusing on one specialty area for a year.
  • Grow and advance professionally: Be ready to take on greater responsibilities and a new role at the end of your fellowship. 
  • Learn from our leaders: Get the expertise, support and encouragement you need from our professional nurse educators and preceptors.

Program Components

Cohorts start three times a year. Your RN Fellowship Program includes:

  • Evidence-based curriculum supported by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Transition to Practice™ Program
  • Specialty classroom training, simulation and hands-on practice in the clinical environment
  • Bimonthly seminars focused on professional growth in specialty practice, evidence-based practice and leadership skills
  • Group support within your specialty cohort and access to a designated nurse educator
  • Opportunity to impact and improve clinical practice by developing an evidence-based practice project
  • Invitation to a free specialty certification review course after completing your fellowship
Requirements

Requirements include:

  • Minimum of one year of hospital experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred 
    • ASN accepted if candidate enrolls in an RN-BSN program by the end of the first year of employment
    • Must complete RN-BSN program within three years of employment
  • Current Florida RN license (via Florida Board of Nursing or Nurse Compact licensure endorsement)
  • Current basic life support (BLS) certification 
  • Current ACLS for Healthcare Provider card for all adult specialties except case manager, infection preventionist and RN Refresh to Acute Care positions
  • Two-year commitment as a full-time employee in assigned specialty area
Expectations

We expect nurses accepted into the fellowship program to:

  • Practice professionalism in engagement, work ethic and attitude
  • Embrace the Memorial mission and vision and follow policies and procedures
  • Participate in all learning experiences and program components
  • Attend all scheduled seminars to support knowledge base and build on practice
  • Complete all program surveys and evaluations
  • Present an evidence-based practice project
  • Attend the RN Fellowship graduation celebration

Tracks

Each track offers the opportunity to delve deeply into a nursing specialty. You can apply for up to two tracks.

Explore your areas of interest: 

Case Manager

Locations

  • Memorial Regional Hospital
  • Memorial Regional Hospital South
  • Memorial Hospital West
  • Memorial Hospital Miramar
  • Memorial Hospital Pembroke

Case managers use their clinical skills to manage patient experience. They assess, plan, evaluate and intervene as needed. Case managers strive to improve the patient experience and promote patient satisfaction. 

Clinical Nurse Educator

Locations

  • Memorial Regional Hospital
  • Memorial Regional Hospital South
  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital West
  • Memorial Hospital Miramar
  • Memorial Hospital Pembroke

This full-time clinical nurse educator position reports to the nurse manager or director. The position includes an intense focus on the orientation, oversight and support of new nurse graduates, new unit hires and continuing education needs for the unit(s). Candidates must have a minimum of two years of nursing experience and a BSN or MSN to join this track.

Your orientation will include coursework, simulation training and a preceptorship with an experienced clinical nurse educator. Work hours are flexible to meet the needs of your team.

Critical Care

Location

Memorial Hospital Miramar — 3 South ICU

3 South ICU is a busy critical care unit where you learn how to care for IMCU and ICU patients. Here you will learn critical thinking skills and how to apply them. We serve a diverse population of patients and disease processes. Our team works together to provide excellent care for our patients.

Location

Memorial Hospital Pembroke — ICU

Memorial Hospital Pembroke’s 24-bed critical care unit offers high-level training in a safe, nurse-focused atmosphere. We have some of the most highly trained intensivists in the healthcare system. Our experienced nurses will train you in a variety of critical care situations. Memorial Hospital is the perfect place to start your critical care career.

The highly specialized care provided includes managing patients on multiple critical care drips, CRRT, ventilator management, hemodynamic monitoring, complex patient care and complex bedside procedures.

Location

Memorial Hospital West — ICU

We offer 32 critical care beds and care for a variety of patient types. The care provided includes managing patients on multiple drips, CRRT, ventilators, EVDs, IABP, ICPs and Flo Trac. Patients also undergo various bedside procedures. This is a very high-acuity ICU.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital — ICU 3 Medical-Cardiac Unit

This 30-bed ICU is staffed with 80 RNs and clinical managers, nurse clinicians, nurse managers, unit secretaries, PCAs, paramedics and a mobility tech. We have a robust clinical ladder with 20 RN Level Three and eight RN Level Four positions, along with a full-time intensivist program with 17 critical care physicians and two APRNs.

We care for patients on multiple drips, ventilators, CVVH, temperature management and IABPs. Our multidisciplinary team collaborates to achieve positive outcomes for our patients and their families.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital, 2 ICU — Neuro Surgical Trauma Unit

We offer 24 critical care beds and care for a variety of patients, including Level One trauma patients, high-risk maternal-fetal medicine patients, renal transplant patients, complex thoracic and general surgery patients, and neurosurgical and neurointerventional patients. The care includes managing patients on multiple drips, CRRT, ventilators, EVDs, Caminos, ICPs and Flo Trac. Patients also undergo multiple types of bedside procedures.

CVI/IR

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital — IR/Cath Lab

The cardiac and vascular interventional suite (CVIS) is a full-service tertiary care department with 12 advanced invasive procedure rooms. All rooms can handle adult and pediatric procedures and function as operating rooms for various complex hybrid procedures. 

Memorial CVIS has a robust interventional program with an integrated EP lab within our multifaceted space. The CVIS cares for 35–45 patients per day, including TAVR, structural heart, complex neuro and interventional radiology procedures and electrophysiology. RNs provide patient care as part of a multidisciplinary team based on national standards.

Location

Memorial Hospital West — Cath Lab

The Memorial West cardiac cath lab has three cardiac cath procedure rooms and a six-bay pre/post area. We perform lifesaving, minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures, including for patients with acute STEMI and heart attacks, through our “Code Heart” alert process. Nurses need to use critical thinking skills and react quickly in emergencies. 

Location

Memorial Hospital West — Interventional Radiology

The Memorial West Interventional Radiology department has three IR rooms, one CT room, one ultrasound room and an eight-bay and three-bay pre-op area. We perform an array of image-guided, minimally invasive, lifesaving procedures. Our adult patients have a vast array of conditions, including acute stroke treated by our IR/neurointerventional radiologists. Nurses must have strong teamwork skills and use critical thinking to handle emergencies.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital — CVIMCU

The 6 North CVIMCU is a high-acuity 30-bed cardiac specialty unit. CVIMCU nurses specialize in caring for post-CVICU heart surgery patients (CABG, multi-valve replacements, aortic dissections). They also care for adult cardiac and adult congenital patients, including heart transplants, post-TAVR and mitral clip patients. CVIMCU nurses also care for all advanced heart failure patients with mechanical devices (LVADs) and advanced hemodynamic monitoring such as PA catheters/Swan-Ganz catheters and stable Impella patients.

 
Emergency Services

Location

Memorial Hospital Miramar — Emergency Department

This ER is a fast-paced, 26-bed emergency department that sees more than 40,000 adults and children a year. We are a dynamic and progressive emergency department providing safe, efficient care to the local community.

Location

Memorial Hospital Pembroke — Emergency Department

We care for more than 40,000 adult and pediatric patients each year. Our emergency department team is highly trained and serves the community as a Primary Stroke Center. We treat many injuries and illnesses and offer on-site education along with the opportunity for leadership advancement. If you are team oriented with the desire and dedication to learn, come join our team.

Location

Memorial Hospital West — Emergency Department

The Memorial West emergency department is a fast-paced, 70-bed department that sees more than 95,000 patients each year. We need highly motivated, caring nurses to deliver exemplary care to patients in our community. We emphasize both patient and employee satisfaction. All our employees have the opportunity to continually develop their clinical and leadership skills.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital — Adult Emergency Department

This team promptly and compassionately treat medical emergencies in a highly stressful environment. We provide the highest quality patient experience for all adult emergency needs.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital South — Emergency Department

The Memorial Regional Hospital South Emergency Department is a 12-bed facility in the heart of Hollywood, Florida. We care for more than 1,600 patients every month. We value a family atmosphere and a team approach to high-quality patient care. We need highly motivated, engaged nurses to join our team, where you can grow clinically and professionally in a nurturing environment.

Infection Control

Locations

  • Memorial Regional Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital West
  • Memorial Hospital Pembroke

Infection preventionists promote and provide high-quality patient- and family-centered care by assessing, developing and administering infection control policies, procedures and programs.

Labor and Delivery

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital — 2nd Floor, Labor and Delivery

Our fast-paced unit promotes safety, quality and customer-focused care. We also have a Level Three NICU backup.

Location

Memorial Hospital West — Labor and Delivery

Labor and delivery at Memorial Hospital West includes 12 labor rooms, seven bays in our OBED and two OR suites. Our staff has specialized training in triage, labor and delivery, antepartum, OR and recovery room. Labor and delivery is a diverse area with many emergencies requiring advance critical thinking skills. Nurses collaborate with other members of the healthcare team, including physicians, midwives and anesthesiologists to deliver quality healthcare. Our specialized group of nurses works well together. We have team bonding activities throughout the year outside of the hospital and participate in maternity-related community activities.

Location

Memorial Hospital Miramar — Labor and Delivery

Our fast-paced unit promotes a safe, quality and customer-focused birth experience, with a Level Two NICU backup.

NICU

Location

Memorial Hospital West — NICU

Memorial Hospital West has a 20-bed, Level Two open-bay NICU. All NICU RNs are NRP certified and trained to attend high-risk deliveries. Our NICU RNs admit, stabilize and care for babies requiring NICU services. NICU RNs are cross-trained to work in the newborn nursery and care for babies in the mother/baby unit.

Location

Memorial Hospital Miramar — NICU

Memorial Hospital Miramar has a 16-bed Level Two NICU with all private rooms and technologically advanced equipment. This NICU prioritizes safety and quality while providing a warm, welcoming family environment.

Location

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital — NICU

Joe DiMaggio has an 84-bed Level Three NICU with a combination of private rooms and open pods. We embody the spirit of teamwork and excellence as we care for the tiniest and frailest patients.

Nursery

Location

Memorial Hospital West — Nursery

Nursery RNs at Memorial Hospital West attend all vaginal deliveries and Cesarean deliveries that do not require the NICU team. All nursery RNs are NRP certified and provide immediate care to newborns for the first few hours after birth. Our newborn nursery RNs are also cross-trained to work in the NICU and care for babies in the mother/baby unit.

Oncology

Location

Memorial Hospital West — 3 Central General Oncology

This is the newest unit to join the rapidly growing oncology team at Memorial Hospital West. Our 34-bed inpatient general oncology unit primarily serves solid tumor oncology patients. Our nurses can also cross-train to care for malignant hematology-oncology patients.

The unit also provides care for patients undergoing radiation treatment and radioactive therapy. We welcome the opportunity to nurture the career development of compassionate individuals who embody our shared mission to heal the mind, body and spirit of our special patient population.

Location

Memorial Hospital West — Infusion, Memorial Cancer Institute

Our comprehensive infusion center provides care primarily to cancer patients. The infusion units at Memorial Hospital West include three locations: 801 Building, Breast Cancer Center and Suite 151 at MOB with a total capacity of 41 treatment chairs.

Our treatments include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, blood products, phlebotomy and noncancer related treatments like iron replacement therapy. This highly specialized area provides motivated learners with the skills to deliver compassionate care to a special group of patients.

Location

Memorial Hospital West — 3 West Malignant Hematology Unit

This unit houses the Moffitt MHCT program. We take care of people with all types of blood cancers and other forms of blood abnormalities like aplastic anemia. We have 33 inpatient private rooms and seven outpatient rooms. We also perform stem cell transplants and CAR T-cell therapy.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital — 8 Central Medical/Oncology Unit

This unit cares for patients with medical, oncology or hematological conditions that require acute nursing care. The unit also cares for postoperative surgical patients and patients undergoing radiation treatment and therapy with specific radioactive sources.

OR

Location

Memorial Hospital Miramar

Memorial Hospital Miramar has eight operating room suites, one GI room and one cystoscopy room. We perform plastic, orthopedic, urology, gynecology, general, breast oncology and robotic surgeries. We recently expanded our services to care for pediatric patients.

OR nurses are key members of the surgical team. Their attention to detail and boldness helps them advocate for their patients and set the tone for the surgical day. In addition to the RN Fellowship Program, every OR nurse attends the perioperative program at Broward College for three months. This course includes clinical experience at the various operating rooms across the system and a didactic component at Broward College.

If you are ready for growth and professional development, your surgical journey awaits you at Memorial Hospital Miramar.

Location

Memorial Hospital Pembroke

Memorial Hospital Pembroke has eight operating room suites where we perform bariatric, general, plastic, orthopedic, urology, gynecology, ENT, laparoscopy and robotic surgeries. We are a Bariatric Center of Excellence. If you are ready for growth and professional development, your surgical journey awaits you at Memorial Hospital Pembroke.

Location

Memorial Hospital West

The Memorial Hospital West operating room includes 16 suites, one cystoscopy room and one hybrid endovascular suite. Specialties include plastics, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, general, breast oncology, neurology/advanced spine and robotic surgeries. We are an Orthopedic Center of Excellence and Bariatric Center of Excellence. Our OR also has a robust colorectal program.

OR nurses are key members of the surgical team. Their attention to detail and boldness helps them advocate for their patients and set the tone for the surgical day.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital

Memorial Regional Hospital is the flagship hospital within the Memorial Healthcare System. We have 19 operating suites, including three open heart suites. We are known for our Level One trauma status and heart and kidney transplant programs. We perform complex neuro and spine procedures, oromaxillofacial reconstruction, several oncology procedures (including HIPEC and complex plastics), orthopedics, urology, gynecology, general, breast oncology and robotic surgeries.

OR nurses are key members of the surgical team who provide safe, quality care to our surgical patients. In addition to the RN Fellowship Program, every nurse attends the perioperative program at Broward College for three months or the internal NIFA program. This course comprised of clinical experience and a didactic component at Broward College or the Regional OR.

If you are ready for growth and professional development, your surgical journey awaits you at Memorial Regional Hospital.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital South

We have seven fully equipped OR suites and two procedure rooms. Our main surgical specialties are orthopedic sports medicine, cosmetic surgery and pain management. Come join our outstanding surgical services team.

Location

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

The Joe DiMaggio Department of Surgical Services includes the operating room, GI endoscopy, anesthesia, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), pre-op holding, pre-admission testing (PAT) and sterile processing departments. We provide perioperative, procedural and GI endoscopy nursing care and anesthesia services to pediatric and adolescent patients 24/7. The departments are responsible for managing patients having surgical or invasive procedures in the pre-procedure, intra-procedure and post-procedure period. The department includes:

  • Seven OR suites
  • Neurosurgery MRI hybrid room and operating room suite
  • Pre-procedure testing area
  • Two endoscopy/procedural suites
  • 29-bed pre-/post-procedure care area
  • Sterile processing department

Types of services offered include surgical and invasive interventions for any disease. The case mix includes a diversified group of surgical/invasive procedures for elective and urgent/ emergent inpatients and outpatients. Join the highly engaged, collaborative surgical services team and experience the best of the science, technology and heart of surgical nursing.

PACU

The care of all PACU patients at Memorial Healthcare System begins with the protocol of enhanced recovery after surgery. This is a multimodal set of evidence-based practices to improve a patient’s experience and recovery after surgery. The PACU is a fast-paced area, and critical thinking is a priority.

Location

Memorial Hospital Miramar

The Memorial Hospital Miramar PACU area has 11 bays and a diverse population of pediatric and adult patients for post-procedural care.

Location

Memorial Hospital Pembroke

The Memorial Hospital Pembroke PACU area has eight bays and a diverse population of pediatric and adult patients for post-procedural care.

Location

Memorial Hospital West

The Memorial Hospital West recovery PACU has 49 bays and a diverse population of pediatric and adult patients for post-procedural care.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital

The pre-op and PACU area at Memorial Regional Hospital has 32 bays and serves a diverse population of adult patients for postoperative care.

Location

Memorial Regional Hospital South

Memorial Regional Hospital South has seven fully equipped OR suites and two procedure rooms. Our main surgical specialties are orthopedic sports medicine, cosmetic surgery and pain management. Come join our outstanding surgical services team.

 
Peds Cath Lab

Location

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 

The Pediatric Heart Institute at Joe DiMaggio is ranked one of the top 50 cardiac programs nationally by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital annual rankings. We offer a full range of pediatric and adult congenital heart care, including heart transplants. 

We need nurses to join our cardiac interventional and electrophysiology (EP) teams as we prepare to open four new cardiac procedural suites. We perform cardiac catheterization procedures on the tiniest of hearts or on adults with complex congenital or structural cardiac defects. We perform 400 cardiac caths per year and 100 EP cases per year.

Our RNs provide patient care as part of a multidisciplinary team based on national standards. This is a great opportunity to learn a unique specialty and be part of a growing congenital heart program.

PICU

Location

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a 26-bed intensive and acute care unit for neonates, infants, children and adolescents who are critically ill or injured. We provide care to various medical and surgical patients requiring invasive and noninvasive monitoring and procedures. We have specialized critically trained nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and other support services. Our goal is to provide children with safe, appropriate, comprehensive, individualized and interdisciplinary patient- and family-centered care in a compassionate and nurturing environment.

RN Refresh to Acute Care

Locations

  • Memorial Regional Hospital
  • Memorial Regional Hospital South
  • Memorial Hospital West
  • Memorial Hospital Miramar
  • Memorial Hospital Pembroke

Units

  • Medical/Surgical
  • Telemetry
  • IMCU
  • Rehab

RNs currently working in post-acute care and RNs with an active license who want to return to practice or launch their careers in acute care should choose this fellowship track. Learn more about the RN Refresh to Acute Care Track

 
Apply Now

Apply to the RN Fellowship Program.

Provide the following in one scanned document when you apply:

  • Resume with complete employment history including organizations, dates, job titles and responsibilities
  • Top two tracks and locations
 
Application Review

We will contact you if you’re selected as a candidate. We can’t guarantee placement at a particular facility or location. If you aren’t selected, you will get a notification in the electronic tracking system. You can check the status of your application on the Memorial career website

Once we select you, you need to provide:

  • Current Florida RN license
  • Active basic life support (BLS) certification
  • Current ACLS for Healthcare Provider card for all adult specialties except case manager, infection preventionist and RN Refresh to Acute Care positions

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Curriculum

How often do you offer the RN Fellowship Program?
We offer RN Fellowships three times a year and as needed by specialty area.
How long is the program?
The RN Fellowship is a one-year program. The orientation period varies based on the specialty you choose.
What support will I receive during the fellowship?
The program director of the RN Fellowship Program, directors of education, nurse educators and preceptors have advanced nursing education and expertise in transitioning experienced RNs to specialty nursing.

Application Process, Interviews and Candidate Selection

Once I list a location preference in my application, will you consider me for other sites?
We try to place fellows in their preferred areas, but we can’t always do this. You may receive an offer for a unit that has an unfilled need.
What can I expect during the interview process?
We will conduct your interview virtually or in person. You will interview with a nursing leader and a peer panel from the specialty care area.
How many RN fellows will you hire?
Each specialty unit determines how many positions they need filled through the fellowship program.

Compensation and Work Requirements

Do you offer shift and weekend differentials?
Yes, RN fellows receive shift and weekend differentials depending on their schedules.
What will my schedule look like?
First you will complete orientation and education requirements. Then you will transition to your unit orientation, where you’ll work the same hours as your preceptor. After unit orientation, you start your regular shift pattern. Every unit has weekend and holiday requirements. We build time into your work schedule for your fellowship activities. 
Can I take time off during the fellowship?
You need to attend a comprehensive specialty practice course, mandatory fellowship seminars during the program and a rigorous orientation. We recommend you don’t make plans until your hire date. 
Will I have a time commitment once I complete the fellowship?
You will be a full-time employee of Memorial Healthcare System for at least two continuous years.
Do I need to sign a contract?

You sign a two-year commitment as part of your new employee paperwork. This agreement applies to the facility and unit where you are hired.

Certain specialty areas may require additional training agreements. The nurse leader will discuss this with you during your interview.