I will be graduating next May from a 4-year BSN program. I'm starting to think about where I want to apply and what area I would like to work in. I am questioning whether or not I should do a nurse residency program or just try to jump into a new job. On one hand, I know that these programs can be very long and I definitely want to start applying to graduate schools
(to be a FNP) in the near future. I go to a great school and have had much clinical experience along with doing a nursing internship this summer. On the other hand, I know that these residency programs give you a good chance of getting hired. Any advice? I appreciate it!
Jan 8, '15
I know this is an old thread, but for those digging into the blog vault for guidance and/or information, I wanted to submit my two cents.
I've just been hired on at a newly erected facility (built within the last couple years), but a very old institution. My job title is Nurse Resident. I am a new grad nurse, and the position is contingent upon my passing state boards to obtain licensure. To make no bones about it, I will be an RN in this position. The position is paid. The program is 18 months, with 6-month rotations on three different units, culminating in a FT position in critical care (yes, guaranteed) once I have completed the three rotations.
In this particular type of residency, it appears that the goal is to mold me into a well-rounded nurse for the critical care setting.
PP have made residency programs out to be sub-standard, bottom-of-the-barrel, last-ditch opportunities for new grads trying to get their little nursey feet wet.
Please, scratch the surface. I'm sure there are many more residency programs out there similar to the one I've been hired into, which are designed to prime you with a solid foundation of nursing care for a plethora of patient cases from multiple backgrounds.
I am both thrilled and humbled to be offered such a position.
Last edit by TheBlackDogWaits on Jan 8, '15