Nurse Residency Program

New graduate nurses need to find a place where they feel comfortable and get the support they need to progress from a novice nurse to a competent and experienced nurse. As nurse residents’ careers begin, there is so much to do and so much to learn.  The Nurse Residency Program here at UC Health can put the new nurse on the path to achieve their career’s most far-reaching ambitions. Here they will be surrounded by and working with some of the profession’s most accomplished individuals with people who can help them master the challenges of advances in treatment, healthcare delivery systems, new technologies, and patient acuity.

Aligned with the nation’s top residency curriculum (Vizient/AACN), our new residents have the opportunity for training and education in critical thinking to lead at UC Health.  Nurse residents participate in an evidence-based program focused on three core areas: leadership, patient outcomes and professionalism.

In their first 12 months of professional nursing practice, nurse residents work toward a successful transition from student to professional nurse, reflecting on their clinical experiences, as well as their professional interactions with patients, families and colleagues. During the 4-hour seminars every 6 weeks, residents gain competence and confidence in decision making, access to a learning network, satisfaction and professional commitment, consistent use of evidence-based practices, leadership and critical thinking skills, relationship building, efficiency and safety in patient care, and quality of care.They also develop and implement evidence-based practice projects under the instruction and assistance of facilitators. Residents select a clinical topic or practice issue they’ve identified on their individual nursing unit or within the hospital. Upon completion, they share their findings with UC Health nursing colleagues and leaders. Residents have attended the Vizient/AACN nurse residency national conference where they have presented their projects. These projects contribute to UC Health’s patient-centered culture.

At the conclusion of the program, participants transition from novice toward competent professional nurses in the clinical environment.  Nurse resident alumni develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance and provide clinical nursing leadership at the point of care.

We have opportunities for nurses to join in the residency program to assist us in growing new graduates into professional nurses. We look forward to having you be part of the Nurse Residency Program at UC Health!

Interested in joining UC Health’s Nurse Residency Program?  Click here to apply for jobs.