I know you posted this several weeks ago, but thought I'd reply. When I graduated in 1978, I went into an RN residency program. I was hired by the hospital & the first 3 weeks were all classroom; pretty much review of lots of stuff from school. After that, we worked (with a preceptor, of course) on the unit a few days a week & did classroom the other days. The classroom then became more of a skills lab to improve on things like starting IV's. The residency lasted 3 months and was an extremely valuable experience.