Your friend is incorrect, nurse residency programs are not a requirement for the state of Ga. However, many hospitals that hire new grads utilities this type of program. Gwinnett Medical is one of them. As far as applying/being accepted etc. Unless you already live in Ga. and are licensed in Ga. or can show you have applied for reciprocity and are in the process of being hired, I think your chances of even hearing from a potential employer would be slim to none. The job market in Ga. for nurses is tight and it takes months even for seasoned nurses to get interviews, job offers. I don't want to discourage you but I do live in Ga. (this is my second go around living here) I can honestly say nursing, like many places, has changed here & job interviewing has really changed. You can also contact the HR dept at facilities you are interested in, speak to someone there about your concerns.