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Nurse Residency Program

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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


  • Hired into Nurse Residency Program
  • Three primary rotations of choice
  • Precepted orientation with weekly group session/discussion
  • Journal keeping with story share
  • Post-residency mentorship

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 with your online application:

  • Resume’ or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Copy of current Transcript
  • Essay/professional statement on why you should be chosen (one page or less)

Additionally, two professional recommendations (one must be from nursing school instructor/faculty) must be mailed or delivered to the OMC Human Resources office.

  • Mailed to: OMC Human Resources, Attn: Jeannette Stevens, Recruitment Coordinator, P. O. Box 1100., West Plains, MO 65775
  • Deliver to: OMC Human Resources, #15 Parkway, Jeannette Stevens, Recruitment Coordinator

Important Dates

  • Open House November 9, 2017.
  • January Cohort is January 8-March 29, 2018. Deadline for application is November 15, 2017.
  • June Cohort is June 4-August 24, 2018. Notification of intent deadline is December 1, 2017. Deadline for application is February 1, 2018.


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