My reward is delivering care like nowhere else.

Safia, Vascular Nurse Navigator #MyOUMedicineStory

New Grad RN Careers

OU Medicine is a leading destination for new nurses because they recognize the strength of our programs, the level of challenges they will face and the collaborative and supportive environment we provide. Our goal is to get you started right through our Nurse Residency Program, then offer limitless opportunities to change and grow over the course of your nursing career.

New Grad Nursing careers at OU Medicine

OU Medicine Nurse Externship Program

The program provides externs with rich experiences as they explore our interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to care and work with a mentor in an area of clinical focus. This is a summer program that lasts for 10 weeks. You must be between your junior and senior years as a student attending an accredited college of nursing, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. You will:

  • Perform basic patient care and work with a bedside mentor who will provide training and expertise to help prepare you for a professional career in nursing
  • Have practice opportunities in a selected area of clinical focus, such as Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency, Cardiovascular or Women’s Services
  • Explore evidence-based practices and current research findings
  • Potentially have the opportunity to work with nurses in expanded or advance practice roles, such as Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Pain Management Nurses or Case Managers
  • Provide presentations to healthcare team members

OU Medicine Nurse Residency Program

The OU Medicine’s Nurse Residency Program provides new graduate nurses with resources and rich experiences that will serve as a strong foundation for a successful nursing career. With guidance from a one-on-one preceptor and an OUM Residency Coordinator, OU Medicine Nurse Residents are given the support necessary to successfully bridge the transition from student to practicing nurse. As the foundation of the residency program, we have adopted the evidence-based curriculum designed by Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The program supports registered nurses at all levels of educational preparation who have graduated from an accredited nursing program (associate’s degree, diploma, bachelor’s degree), and includes:

  • Social networking and support
  • Ongoing continuing educational opportunities
  • Certification review programs
  • Involvement in interdisciplinary and collaborative programs
  • Research and evidence-based practice opportunities
  • Monthly nurse residency seminars
  • Mentor relationships to support professional development
  • Evidence-based projects, with time allotted within the seminars to gather project information
  • Opportunities to provide and evaluate care, incorporating evidence-based practice, research and quality data

The 12-month program contains ongoing, structured learning opportunities, a strong network of social support and mentoring, and preparation to obtain national certification in both Adult and Pediatric specialty areas, including:

  • Medical and Surgical
  • Cardiovascular
  • Hematology Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Adult/Pediatric Critical Care
  • Trauma
  • Emergency
  • Operating Room
  • Women’s & Newborn

To qualify for the Nurse Residency Program, you must:

  • Be a recent graduate RN with less than one year of nursing experience
  • Have a valid Oklahoma nursing license or compact multi-state nursing license prior to beginning the program

You should apply at the beginning of your final semester prior to graduation. Feel free to contact us at:

Reasons new RNs build their careers at OU Medicine

OU Medicine New Grad RN jobs
The opportunity to see and do things you won’t find at any other facility in our area
OU Medicine academic medicine at its finest
Academic medicine at its finest in a dynamic learning environment
OU Medicine is a Level I Trauma Center
All the challenge and exciting pace of a Level 1 Trauma Center
The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine
The most comprehensive pediatric care in the largest children’s hospital in the state
OU Medicine new grad case diversity at all acuity levels
Broad case diversity with patients at all acuity levels
OU Medicine patient care areas for New Grad RNs
A full spectrum of patient care areas from which to choose
OU Medicine New Grad RN certifications, mentoring, Clinical Recognition Program and tuition reimbursement
RN certifications, mentoring, Clinical Recognition Program and tuition reimbursement
OU Medicine employee testimonial: Nathan, Pediatric RN

My potential expands in the state’s only PDU.

“I have been able to grow my career in the only Pediatric Dialysis Unit in the state. This specialty has given me the ability to become a leader not only in my unit, but also throughout the hospital.”
Nathan | Pediatric RN
OU Medicine employee testimonial: Kristina, RN

My ambition to learn is satisfied by the challenges here.

“I wanted the challenge of working on a Medical Surgical floor. I’ve added so many skills and have a great team to help me with anything that comes along. The diversity of our team sets us up for success with every patient.”
Kristina | RN

Take your career where you want it to go

At a system of our size and scope, you will always be able to find new paths to explore. Whether you are interested in pediatrics, prefer a challenging academic setting or would enjoy working at a community hospital or physician practice, you can build a long and fulfilling career with us.