Oncology Nurse Residency Program

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we recognize the importance of a smooth transition from nursing student to practicing clinician. Our goal for our newly licensed registered nurses is to provide an environment that prepares them to function safely, accurately and compassionately. To facilitate the transition and to promote the adoption of oncology as a specialty practice, we have developed an Oncology Nurse Residency Program.

This program equips novice nurses to:

  • Develop ability in clinical decision-making 
  • Expand capacity for critical thinking 
  • Develop clinical autonomy in patient care 
  • Incorporate research-based evidence into practice 
  • Strengthen commitment to oncology nursing through the promotion of professional growth and job satisfaction 

Newly licensed nurses complete a classroom orientation before moving to the clinical area. Nurse residents then begin unit orientation with their preceptors. The length of time in unit orientation varies, but is generally completed in 12 to 16 weeks. For the first twelve months of practice, nurse residents will participate in programs outside of their unit for one day each month. The focus of nurse residency programs will vary; at Moffitt, the residency lasts for one year and includes both clinical and professional topics such as the examples listed below. 

Professional Topics

  • Delegation, Prioritization, and Time Management 
  • Teams: Composition and Generational Considerations 
  • Stress Reduction and Self-Care 
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Performance Improvement 
  • Communication 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Professional Advancement 
  • Patient and Family Centered Care

Clinical Topics

  • Patient Assessment and Documentation 
  • Chemotherapy: Theory and Practice 
  • Pain Management 
  • Oncology Symptom Management  
  • Code Blue 
  • End-of-Life Care 

In addition to time in the classroom and simulation, nurse residents will meet with their residency group monthly to reflect on collective experiences and challenges. This reflective practice leads to developmental insight and assists in closing the gap between theory and practice.

Moffitt offers three cohorts a year: March, September & December. The application windows for these cohorts are as follows:

  • March Cohort: December 1 - February 15
  • September Cohort: April 1 – August 15
  • December Cohort: September 1 – November 15

Application Process

Eligible candidates must submit an online application to the position titled "Nurse Resident”. Also be sure to have the required documentation:

  • Resume with clinical information
  • Letter of intent (cover letter with the intention to work at Moffitt and to be a part of the Program)
  • One recommendation letter from a clinical instructor or direct supervisor(if working in a clinical setting)

An ATT and Sit Pass is required to apply. A Florida Registered Nurse (RN) license and Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing is required to be eligible for hire. We encourage you to apply for your Sit Pass promptly upon graduation. Our nurse resident spaces fill up quickly! If selected, you will receive a phone call screening interview. Upon successful completion of a phone screen, face-to-face interviews will be conducted on-site with members of Human Resources and hiring managers of the inpatient nursing units. If you are unsure which unit to apply for, please apply to only one ‘Nurse Resident Position’. You will be considered for all hiring units. 


  • Graduated from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing baccalaureate program (BSN) 
  • Have less than 6 months of experience or have never worked as a Registered Nurse

At Moffitt, the Oncology Nurse Residency Program is evidence of our ongoing commitment to the nursing profession and the newest members of our team. Join us in our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer!

Ready to apply now? You can start the application process here.

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