Nursing Education and Workforce Development

Nurses who want to explore all possibilities of the profession have the opportunity to do just that with St. Vincent’s HealthCare. Educational programs and resources are in place to help the career nurse reach personal and professional goals, while working in an atmosphere that encourages endless possibilities.

In 2005, St. Vincent's unveiled the Debbie Gottlieb Center for Nursing Excellence, a state-of-the-art facility that is committed to helping advance the delivery of high quality healthcare services through specialized education programs for nursing students and graduate nurses seeking to expand their knowledge and skills. A computer lab will be placed in the Debbie Gottlieb Nursing Center of Excellence at St. Vincent’s Medical Center to assist associates by providing a quiet environment to access the online Learning Management System and other related nursing databases.  

Components of Nursing Education

St. Vincent's HealthCare offers several nursing educational resources to ensure that our nursing professionals are aware of the latest advances and procedures in the ever-changing healthcare industry. 

Workforce Development Programs

Clinical Practice Development Program

St. Vincent’s HealthCare Nursing Division offers a Clinical Practice Development Program (CPDP) to recognize professional nurses who provide direct patient care and demonstrate superior communication and clinical skills.

Registered Nurse Internship Program

This is a structured program designed to enable a new nurse to orient to a nursing unit and specialty. A new nurse will be matched with an experienced preceptor for on-the-job instruction and training. Preceptorship programs are designed for completion in 8-to-10 weeks. The Nurse Internship Program is offered year round.

Perioperative School for Surgical Services

An OR nurse plays an integral role in the procedures before, during, and after surgical services; they have to be confident, critical thinkers, as well as focused and efficient nursing professionals. Unfortunately, most nursing students only have the opportunity to spend one or two days training in an OR setting while attending nursing school.

In order to enhance clinical training within the OR and promote professional growth and excellence within perioperative nursing, St. Vincent's Medical Center's Operating Room Leadership partnered with the University of North Florida in 1992 to develop the Perioperative Nursing Summer Work Study Program, a collaborative work-study extern program.

Learn about the benefits and enrollment qualifications.

Academic Partners - Schools

St. Vincent's Medical Center partners with local and state professional nursing programs and offers venues for clinical experiences while the student pursues an Associate, Baccalaureate, and/or Masters degree in nursing.

Our academic partners include:

  • University of North Florida
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • Florida State College
  • Jacksonville University
  • Keiser University (Jacksonville)
  • Concorde Career Training Institute

To participate, students must be actively enrolled in one of the above nursing programs, approved by the school, and must either be accompanied by nursing school faculty during the clinical experiences, or eligible for a faculty distance-supervised internship.

For more information on the nursing academic partner program at St. Vincent's Medical Center, contact Jo-Ann Byrne, Director of Education & Organizational Development, at 904-308-3520.

Nursing Scholarships

Nursing Scholarships provide scholarships for nursing students and nurses currently working with St. Vincent's HealthCare who wish to continue their nursing education. Applications are consider by a Scholarship Committee in spring and fall. Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria for consideration:

  • Active associate of St. Vincent's HealthCare
  • Successfully completed one year of employment
  • Admitted in the ASN, BSN or MSN accredited nursing program