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Norman Loves Nurses

Norman Regional is growing and currently has four main campuses. With the first part of our Inspire Health plan complete, we have opened our new freestanding emergency department plus, Norman Regional Nine. The next stages of the Inspire Health plan include the expansion of our HealthPlex campus set to open summer 2024, and the revitalization of our historic Porter campus. With multiple Centers of Excellence, Norman Regional is equipped with skilled physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers who are dedicated to providing the highest level of care. Each Centers of Excellence program is accredited, or certified, by a national organization, showing that we are dedicated to quality patient outcomes, best practice integration, patient safety practices, education and research and community impact. We have a first-in-state accreditation for our nurse residency program, career enhancing nurse externships, nationally accredited programs, opportunities to climb the clinical ladder and so much more.

New Nurses

Grow your skills at Norman Regional! We offer nurse residency and nurse extern programs. The Norman Regional Health System Nurse Residency Program has received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP), becoming the first in the state of Oklahoma to achieve this distinction.

Norman Regional also has career advancement opportunities for LPNs, medical assistants, patient care techs and more. Talk to our recruiters today about the many opportunities we offer.

Join our team as a licensed practical nurse! Norman Regional has a network of provider clinics eager to have your skills.

Nurse Residency

Beginning your nursing career is a significant transition. You have questions, need advice and you want support. The Vizient/AACN™ Nurse Residency Program at Norman Regional Health System is designed to bridge the gap between the student nurse and accomplished professional.

Norman Regional is committed to ensuring you have the necessary tools to make this transition a successful one. We are the first hospital system in Oklahoma to offer the Vizient/AACN™ Nurse Residency curriculum.

Deciding to join the Vizient/AACN™ Nurse Residency Program at Norman Regional is an opportunity to make a huge difference in your nursing career.

Mission: To facilitate and support the graduate nurse in acquisition and assimilation of knowledge, skills and research during the transition from a novice to a competent, confident nursing professional.

Vision: To produce the next generation of nursing leaders empowered and focused on the delivery of safe patient care.

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Why should you consider the Vizient/AACN™ Nurse Residency Program at Norman Regional? At the conclusion of the program, you will:

  • Make the transition from an advanced beginner nurse to a competent professional nurse in a clinical environment.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  • Provide key clinical nursing leadership at the point of care.
  • Strengthen your commitment to nursing as a professional career choice.
  • Incorporate research-based evidence linked to practice outcomes into the care you provide.

What does the program entail?

  • A one-year commitment to attend mandatory four-hour monthly seminars.
  • Participation in a group project of evidence-based practice to influence patient care on your assigned unit.
  • Comprehensive transition-to-practice curriculum designed to:
    • Help manage stress
    • Enhance decision-making skills
    • Improve critical-thinking skills
    • Facilitate patient safety
  • Mentorship provided throughout the transition to practice period
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Accredited Program

The Norman Regional Health System Nurse Residency Program has received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP), becoming the first in the state of Oklahoma to achieve this distinction. The PTAP sets the global standard for residency programs that transition nurses into new practice settings.

Norman Regional’s evidence-based curriculum offers residents a collaborative learning environment to successfully transition into clinical practice. Residents are given the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff and learn in a real-life setting to be better prepared and more confident as they enter the workforce. With the PTAP accreditation, the Norman Regional Nurse Residency Program has demonstrated and continues to ensure quality of residency program content, knowledge and experience of faculty, evidence-based practice, satisfaction of residents and improved patient care and outcomes.

Norman Regional Health System Nurse Residency Program is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

The current sites included in this accreditation designation are:

  • Norman Regional Hospital
  • Norman Regional HealthPlex Heart Hospital

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation designation are:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Step Down
  • Critical Care
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Ante/Postpartum
  • Pediatrics
  • Operating Room
  • Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Department

Contact Us

Julia Burleson, BSN, RN, CHCR
Professional Healthcare Recruiter
Phone: 405-307-1554

Cassie Chaffin, BSN, RN-CCRN-K
Nurse Residency Coordinator
Phone: 405-307-3160

Applications for the Summer Externship have closed.

Norman Regional Health System’s Nurse Externship program offers nursing students the opportunity to enhance their professional growth in the nursing field with on-the-job experience in a multi-campus health system with multiple Centers of Excellence and nationally accredited programs. The program will begin May 2024.

Learn about Our Nurse Externs

Learn more about our nurse extern program, what you will learn and how to apply.

The Nurse Externship is a one-year, paid externship with a requirement of 28 hours per month in scheduled rotations within:

  • Emergency Services
  • Critical Care
  • Stepdown
  • Women’s Services
  • Telemetry
  • Oncology
  • Bariatrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Adult Medicine

Aside from the required 28 hours, nurse externs can choose to pick up additional patient care shifts as nursing assistants or as sitters.

The program offers a set curriculum that compliments and enhances your professional growth by giving you direct observation of the registered nurse’s role and allowing you the opportunity to shadow other disciplines and ancillary areas.

Application Requirements

Applications are open to nursing students who have completed at least one semester of nursing clinical education and have at least two semesters of nursing school left to complete.

  • Current student in an accredited traditional RN Degree program
  • Completed one semester of nursing clinicals
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Fully fill out the job application
  • Submit two letters of reference: one from an instructor and one from previous employer (if available, if not, from two instructors)

After selection:

  • Complete essay questions
  • Provide an official transcript
  • Provide a copy of your skills checklist