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Nurse Residency Program

The OMC Nurse Residency Program continues Ozarks Medical Center's vision, mission and values, to provide superior nursing development to reach the program goals.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the nurse residency program, the graduate nurse will:

  • Transition from the entry-level advanced beginner to competent nurse
  • Develop effective decision making skills related to clinical judgment performance
  • Provide safe patient care
  • Strengthen commitment to nursing as a profession
  • Incorporate evidence based science into practice


  • Completion of RN program within the last six months
  • Current RN licensure preferred or scheduled with successful completion of the NCLEX within 90 days
  • Commitment to the residency program including participating in general and specialized learning experiences, finishing activities related to the program and completing evlauations of the program, preceptors and facilitators
  • Commitment to Ozarks Medical Center for one year


Precepted orientation with weekly group session/discussion

Examples of weekly focus areas:

  • Clinical ethics
  • Time management
  • Prioritization of care
  • Delegation
  • National Patient Safety Goals
  • Professional development
  • Communications
  • Core measures
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Shared Governance
  • Evidence based practice
  • Lateral violence


Each Nurse Resident will have a mentor. Mentors are committed to the development of the new graduate nurse, be willing to be in contact with the new graduate nurse for periodic meetings, offer sound advice and provide guidance, celebrate successes, and have a positive attitude.


To apply for the Residency Program please provide the following:

  • Resume’ or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Copy of current Transcript
  • Two professional recommendations, one must be from nursing school instructor/faculty (in a sealed envelope or emailed to Jeannette Stevens OMC Recruitment Coordinator)
  • Essay/professional statement on why you should be chosen (one page or less)

The above items may be submitted electronically, mailed, or delivered to OMC.

  • Electronic submission to, Jeannette Stevens Recruitment Coordinator
  • Mailed to: OMC Human Resources, Attn: Jeannette Stevens, Recruitment Coordinator, 1100 Kentucky Ave., West Plains, MO 65775
  • Deliver to Ozarks Medical Center Human Resources House at 1103 Kentucky Ave. across the street from the hospital; attention Jeannette Stevens Recruitment Coordinator.

Once the Recruitment Coordinator has received all items you will be asked to complete a behavioral assessment. The Recruitment Coordinator will provide the process for completion.

Important Dates

Application deadline December 31, 2016

Interviews will be January 2017

Notification of acceptance to program by end of second week of January

Pre employment screening May 2017

Start day for the Nurse Residency 2017 cohort will be June 5, 2017


Please contact Kimberly Shaw, RN, MSN, CCRN, Clinical Educator/Nurse Residency Coordinator at 417-256-1749 or