Nursing Career Programs

Innovative Nursing Programs

Choosing a career as a nursing professional at Norton Healthcare provides a wide variety of options to promote a healthy work/life balance.

As a nurse, you are always striving to be the best you can be, and we make it easy for you. We invest a lot in our nurses, with an aim to expand your abilities and keep you growing in your career.

Our programs include:

Norton Clinical Agency

At Norton Clinical Agency (NCA), you will find competitive pay, scheduling flexibility and a supportive staffing team. NCA is currently recruiting qualified registered nurses and patient care associates looking for PRN (as needed) scheduling options. NCA is currently hiring for nightshift at Norton Healthcare adult-service hospitals.

How NCA invests in you:

  • Competitive pay
  • Bonuses based on hours worked
  • Flexible scheduling and work commitments
  • Variety of benefits

While working as an NCA employee, you are eligible for benefits including retirement matches, seniority at Norton Healthcare, Norton University courses offered at no charge and other perks. Other benefits include access to our N Good Health program, employee discount program and opportunities for free continuing education credits.

If you have an active Kentucky nursing license and at least one year of experience, an NCA staff person would love to discuss the opportunity to provide compassionate and dedicated nursing care within our health care system.

Contact Stevie Didat, senior nurse recruiter, at (502) 446-5855 or stevie.didat@nortonhealthcare.org to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Nurses today are increasingly challenged with complex patients and fast-paced environments. Norton Healthcare recognizes this challenge and understands that supporting new graduate nurses is essential. The Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing’s Graduate Nurse Residency Program was created to facilitate a new graduate nurse’s successful transition from student to practicing nurse.

Graduate Nurse Residency Program structure

Twelve monthly workshops provide conceptual and skill-based learning for all new graduate nurses employed within the Norton Healthcare system.

New graduate nurses join a residency cohort near the conclusion of unit orientation with their preceptor. Residency learning will build on the classroom didactic and clinical immersion experiences and meet newly discovered professional growth needs.

Cohorts are grouped by service line to customize learning; specialties will have two cohorts per year. Service lines include:

  • Critical care
  • Emergency services
  • Medical/surgical
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgical services
  • Women’s health

Workshop format

  • Learning is designed to help new nurses gain confidence and develop professional relationships.
  • Service line workshops provide clinical and professional learning with a focus on the nurse’s specialty. This learning may be skill-based or population-specific.
  • System workshops allow for reflection on experiences and collaboration with others. They provide opportunities to explore personal, professional and career growth. Topics include evidence-based practice, communication and conflict resolution, personal finance and professional development.
  • Each workshop will include debriefing time where residents have the opportunity to talk about their experiences with their peers as well as residency and service line leaders.

For additional information, contact Shawna Thomas at (502) 446-5891 or Cheryl Freudenberger at (502) 446-5810.

Student Nurse Apprenticeship Program

Norton Healthcare’s Student Nurse Apprenticeship Program (SNAP) is a three-tiered culture, clinical, confidence model of intentional investment in student nurses. SNAP is a paid apprenticeship providing elevated educational and clinical experiences for a 12- to 18-month period in preparation for a registered nurse role after graduation. SNAP reinforces nursing education and patient safety, awareness of the professional nurse role, and an appreciation of organizational structures and operations within a leading health care setting.

December 2019 and May/June 2020 graduates are encouraged to apply online in fall 2018. To discuss this opportunity, call Brittany Burke at (502) 446-5893 or email SNAP@nortonhealthcare.org.

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