Published on May 28, 2020

Nurse Residency Program

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The Ozarks Healthcare Nurse Residency Program continues Ozarks Healthcare'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 evaluations of the program, preceptors, and facilitators
  • Commitment to Ozarks Healthcare 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 with your application online:

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

Two professional recommendations, one must be from a nursing school instructor/faculty (in a sealed envelope or emailed to Karlee Marvin, Ozarks Healthcare Nurse Residency Coordinator)

  • Electronic submission to, Recruitment Coordinator
  • Mailed to: OZH Nurse Residency, Attn: Karlee Marvin, RN, Clinical Educator/Nurse Residency Coordinator, 1100 Kentucky Ave., West Plains, MO 65775


Please contact Karlee Marvin, RN, Clinical Educator/Nurse Residency Coordinator at 417.256.1749 or

Nurse Residents 2019