At UF Health, we’re hiring talented RNs like you. Join us. Inspire yourself and others using your knowledge and patient focus to create your own story of outstanding care. Forbes ranked us as one of Florida’s “Best Places To Work.” And we offer you many locations in which to work, including Magnet®-designated UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
This yearlong fellowship is designed to provide RN participants at UF Health Shands with the experiences, insight, competencies and skills necessary to serve in a formal and informal leadership role.
The program offers competency and skill development opportunities through the following means:
Leadership development seminars and workshops
Individual learning/career development plans
Coaching and mentoring
Leadership project development, implementation and evaluation
Fellowship activities focus on self-knowledge, vision, risk-taking and creativity, interpersonal and communication effectiveness, inspiring and leading change, and a variety of business management topics.
This yearlong fellowship is created for professionals who aspire to higher-level leadership and management positions by developing leadership skills at the organizational level, incorporating mentorship, didactic experiences and collaborative team projects.
Nurse applicants must have:
BSN degree or higher
Specialty board certification
Current or prior leadership experience or graduate of the Emerging Leader Fellowship
Curriculum topics include leadership, project management, human resources, health care finance, budgetary planning, legal and regulatory environment in health care, and working with state and federal legislative bodies.
The Professional Practice Recognition Program provides monetary recognition for bedside nurses who wish to advance their careers through demonstrated individual excellence in the following areas:
Clinical education and certification
Annual opportunities may include participation in research, publishing and/or community outreach initiatives. The program is open to all registered nurses with excellent clinical skills and at least one year of satisfactory performance as a unit resource person at UF Health Shands Hospital.
Our centralized and unit-based Shared Governance structures empower frontline professional nursing staff to collectively impact their practice and patient outcomes. The governance model recognizes the clinical expertise and decision-making abilities of nurses and provides the opportunity for participation on policymaking councils.
We are committed to supporting and encouraging professional advancement of our nurses and have programs in place to remove the financial barriers of obtaining specialty board certification and advanced degrees.
A Message from the Chief Nursing Officer
If you are looking for a cutting-edge practice environment where you can grow and develop in any nursing specialty of your choosing, I encourage you to join our team at UF Health Shands Hospital.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care institutions for excellence in nursing, quality care of patients, and innovations in the practice of nursing.
Accredited Practice Transition Program
The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program recognizes residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) into new practice settings.
2022 Nursing Annual Report
This annual report showcases how UF Health Shands Nursing continues to transform our hospital culture with robust teamwork and inspiring care.
Nursing leadership is recognized for our visionary guidance to a team of more than 3,000 registered nurses. We have an obligation to each nurse who works here to provide a professional practice environment where nurses can thrive; gain exposure to diverse, state-of-the-art clinical practice settings; and be supported in their professional development journey. We believe exceptional nursing practice is achieved and maintained when nurses are supported to be autonomous and accountable in delivering high-quality, evidence-based care in a team-based culture.
UF Health Shands Nursing
To provide Experienced Care, Expert Caring to our patients, families and community.
UF Health Shands Nursing
To Set A New Standard Of Excellence in autonomous, accountable nursing practice, committed to patient advocacy and innovative patient care, in a climate of trust and collaboration.
UF Health Shands Nursing
Working for UF Health means working for one of the most prominent and well-respected health systems in the Southeast. It means being exposed to the latest in lifesaving technology, dedicating yourself to excellence, and joining over 3,000 of the best nurses in the world.
Nursing in Gainesville
Join UF Health and enjoy:
The respect and recognition you deserve
Bringing hope and healing to patients
A valued voice in patient care decisions
A vital role on our nursing team
New skills and professional experience
Continuing educational opportunities
The freedom to share, change and improve our practice
Whatever your experience and interest, whatever your goals and aspirations, UF Health Shands Hospital has a specialty focus where you can grow and develop to your full potential.
One of the Top 100 Best Places to Live
From the natural beauty of our wide-open trails, to the hospitality of our tight-knit community, to the stores we love and the new ones to discover, it’s all here. But that’s just a snapshot of today — because our home city has big plans for the future.
With an average high of 65 degrees in January, you rarely hear the terms “wind chill factor” and “freezing rain” in Gainesville — unless you happen to be watching a national weather forecast. Mild winters and warm summers are par for the course in the Sunshine State. With its beautiful natural landscape, nearby freshwater springs and stunning prairies, Gainesville has been called an “urban forest.”
There’s more to the climate in Gainesville than the weather and scenic environment. There is the climate of innovation and entrepreneurship that has resulted in the creation of a substantial number of new businesses in recent years, making the city especially attractive for dual-career families.
UF Health Shands Hospital is a 1014-bed quaternary teaching hospital located in Gainesville, Florida. Our state-of-the-art environment provides diverse opportunities for all levels of nursing practice, from graduate nurses to advanced practice nurses. The dynamic interprofessional collaboration provides a rewarding nursing practice that is evidence-based and patient-centric.
As the Chief Nursing Officer, I am committed to providing leadership that ensures nursing excellence, innovations in nursing practice, and quality patient care. I am equally committed to creating and maintaining a healthy work environment that supports our nurses. By fostering a professional practice environment, evidence-based nursing practice is employed, professional development is encouraged, and nurses are empowered to make decisions that impact their practice.
Recruiting and retaining the highest-quality nursing staff is a top priority. If you are looking for a cutting-edge practice environment where you can grow and develop in any nursing specialty of your choosing, I encourage you to join our team at UF Health Shands Hospital.
Irene Alexaitis, DNP, RN, NEA-BC Vice President for Nursing and Patient Services UF Health Shands Hospital