Nursing Education and Career Development


Nurses talk with a patient at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. 

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center's dynamic orientation team takes ownership and pride in its commitment to provide a program that offers the opportunity for professional growth and development for all our newly hired nurses.


We provide you with ongoing mentorship from orientation specialists and/or preceptors selected according to your needs and experience. After a two-day general hospital and a four-day general nursing orientation, newly hired nurses begin work in their clinical areas along side their preceptor. The orientation experience integrates application of clinical knowledge with psychomotor skills competencies, enhancement of clinical knowledge, computer-assisted learning, bedside care and patient assignments. We also include other opportunities to spend share days or observation time in other units or ancillary departments to better understand the continuum of care, to develop collaborative relationships among members of the interdisciplinary care team and to optimize the quality of our patient care delivery.

Opportunities for Professional Growth and Development include:

  • Certifications - we provide financial and educational support for professional certification and recertification. 
  • Nursing Externship
  • Vizient Nurse Residency Program
  • Professional Nursing Ladder
  • Nursing Grand Rounds
  • Nursing Spectrum CE Direct