The Baptist Health South Florida RN Residency is a competency-based structured transition-to-practice program provided in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall each year. The Baptist Health RN Residency offers the newly licensed nurse resident a structured transition to professional practice, incorporating the critical elements identified as essential to safe and competent care. They include a clinical preceptorship with trained and knowledgeable preceptors, debriefing opportunities, a mentorship workshop and didactic elements supported by realistic simulation activities.

The Baptist Health RN Residency was the first system-based nurse residency to be accredited, and with distinction, by ANCC PTAP in January 2015. By meeting the rigorous criteria established by ANCC, which is also the Magnet Recognition Program® designating organization, the Baptist Health RN Residency is validated as an evidence-based, comprehensive nurse residency program.

Applicants may select a particular hospital and unit as their preference, though placement is not guaranteed. Once accepted and placed, residents are expected to remain on their unit for one year after orientation. During their training, residents are evaluated using competencies mirroring Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) competencies and the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice.

Priority is given to applicants who are graduates of the Baptist Health Nurse Scholars Program, however, spots for non-Baptist Health employees are available each year based on site capacity and needs.

The vision for the Baptist Health RN Residency program is to on-board, train, and retain compassionate, safe and competent newly licensed nurses to provide high quality care with optimal patient outcomes for the populations served.

Baptist Health South Florida RN Residency 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: Baptist Hospital of Miami, Baptist Outpatient Services (specifically Doral Urgent Care. West Kendall Urgent Care, Miami Beach Urgent Care, Medical Arts Surgery Center at South Miami, Northpoint Surgery Center, and Off-Campus Emergency Center at West Kendall), Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital. The current workplace settings included in this accreditation designation are: Critical Care, Emergency Room, Oncology (includes BMT), Labor & Delivery, Medical-Surgical, Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU), Same Day/Ambulatory Procedure (Outpatient Surgery), Step Down, Operating Room, Ambulatory (Urgent Care).

Program Goals

  1. Facilitate the transition of newly licensed nurse residents from academia to professional nursing practice in a structured and standardized on-boarding process.
  2. Foster confidence and safe, competent practice for the newly licensed nurse through structured clinical preceptorship using trained and knowledgeable preceptors and leadership involvement in clinical performance progress meetings.
  3. Maintain overall retention rates greater than 92% by providing opportunities for professional growth and development through robust clinical advancement and leadership programs.
  4. Develop the preceptor program to further the education of preceptors and sustainability of the structure.
  5. Employ outcomes-driven decision making for continuous refinement of the RN Residency through role-based feedback and focus groups.
  6. Sustain competitive edge in the marketplace by maintaining ANCC PTAP accreditation with distinction.
Program Accreditation

American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program (ANCC PTAP)

Program Offered


Barbara Blanco Marchante, MSN, RN

Director, Clinical Learning

Barbara Blanco Marchante, MSN, RN
Sally Bonet, MSN, RN

Program Manager

Sally Bonet, MSN, RN

Commitment to Excellence

Our program is committed to providing the resources, support and foundation for achieving academic excellence aligned with the guiding principles of service, quality, knowledge and diversity.

4.3% RN resident graduate turnover rate at 12 months
6.0% RN resident graduate turnover rate at 24 months
98% RN residency completion rate
2015 ANCC PTAP Initial Accreditation with Distinction
Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 900 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 12 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care. Baptist Hospital was ranked #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area for the 2023-2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule*

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

External applicants(non-Baptist Health employees):
  • Must be a graduate from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
  • Must have less than 6 months of RN working experience in an acute care setting or less than 12 months of RN working experience in non-acute care settings.
  • Candidates selected must obtain a Florida RN license along with a current Basic Life Support (BLS) card prior to the start of the residency.
Internal applicants (Baptist Health employees):
  • Must have less than 6 months of RN working experience in an acute care setting or less than 12 months of RN working experience in a non-acute care setting.
  • Candidates selected must obtain a Florida RN license along with a current BLS card prior to the start of the residency.
  • Associates Degree(ASN)applicants must sign a commitment to obtain their BSN within 5 years of their transfer to the RN role.
*Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

*All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

**The RN Residency application timing could vary according to business needs. The position could be removed from the careers site at any time after the initial posting date, according to the volume of applications received during each cohort.

Application Timeline**

  • Where do applicants go to apply?  
  • When are applications accepted? Spring: February - March
    Summer: April - May
    Fall: August - September
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? Winter: December - January
    Spring: February - March
    Summer: June - July
    Fall: September - October
  • When does the program start? Winter: January
    Spring: March
    Summer: July
    Fall: October


Longitudinal Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.
Clinical Preceptorship
Core Days (Professional Practice Didactics)

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