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All the Nurse Residency Programs you ever wanted


Just graduated and need experience in a nurse residency program? Start here...

Has 2 years experience.

First time on here, starting a new thread for those just graduated and want experience in a Nurse Residency Program. Most offer 1 year long residency programs for new grads.

These Residency Programs are sponsored by the UHC/AACN (University Health Systems Consortium) American Association of Colleges of Nursing)

Nurse Residency Programs Resources

New BSN Nurse Residency Program Guide

The Nurse Residency Program at Penn Medicine

Seattle Children's Nurse Residency Program

Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program


U. Medical Center- Arizona

U. of Colorado Hospital

U. of Kentucky Hospital

NYU Langone Med. Center

U. of Pennsylvania Hospital

U. of Utah Hospital & Clinics

U. of New Mexico- Albuquerque

U. Of Kansas Medical Center

U. of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston

Stony Brook U. Hospital Deer Park , NY

North Carolina Baptist Hospital - Winston Salem NC

Vanderbuilt U. Med. Center U. of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics

UCLA Healthcare

Louisiana State U. Heath Sciences Center

The Methodist Hospital - Houston, TX

Grady Health System- ATL

Virginia Commonwealth U. Med. center Hospital

Yale New Have Hospital

UAB Hospital - Birmingham Alabama

U. of Chicago Hospital

Ohio State U. Med. Center

Pennslyvania Hospital -Phily

Duke U. Health System U. of North Carolina Hospital Chapel Hill NC

NY Presbyterian Hospital NYNY Stanford Hospital and Clinic -Stanford, Cali

Cinnncinati Childrens' Hospital Medical Center

Thomas Jefferson U. Hospital - Phily

U. of Texas Health Center - Tyler

Rush U. Med. Center - Chicago

U. Hospitals Case Med. Center - Cleveland

U. of Maryland Med. Center

Main Line Health System :

Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Hospirtal, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Memorial -all in Pennsylvania

Greenville Med. Center - Greenville S. C

Hurley Medical Center , Flint Michigan

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - NYNY

Westchester Medical Center Valhalla , NY

OSF Saint Francis Med. Center - Peoria, Ill

St. Mary's Hospital - Grand Junction COLO

Holy Cross Hospital- ft. Lauderdale , FL

Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital-Hines, IL

Baptist Medical Center South - Montgomerey Alabama

Barnes Jewis Hospital, St. louis , MO

Saint Joseph's Hospital Atlanta , GA

U. of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

U. Hospital of the SUNY Upstate Medical U. - Syracuse NY

The Children's Hospital of Phily

Middlesex Hospital - Middletown, CONN

san Jacinto Hospital Baytown, TX

Med Univeristy of South Carolina

U. Of Wisconsin

Louisana State U. Shevereport

Virgina Commonwealth

University of Kansas Med Center

These are some additional residencies may not be part of UHC/AACN:

Augusta Medical Center Augusta GA

Parkland Hospital -TX

Methodist Healthcare - TX

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Piedmont Hospital - Atlanta

St. Josephs Hospital - Atlanta

St. Francis- Hartford , CT

Methodist Healthcare - TN

Connecticut Children's Hospital Med. Center

Hartford Hospital - Hartford CT

University of Maryland Medical Center

John Hopkins Med. Center

Children's Hospital Rocky Mountain Denver, COLO

St. Luke's Med. Center Denver - COLO

Children's National Medical Center - DC, locations in VA and MD

Memorial University Center Savannah, GA

South Fulton Hospital - GA (Versant Nurse Residency Program)

Christiana Health Services- New Castle, Delaware

Bridgeport Hospital - CT

Children's Hospital of the Kings and Daughters -VA

Mission Hospital - Mission Children's Hospital Ashville, NC

Cape Valley Fear Hospital- Fayetville, NC

Hackensack U. Medical Center offer training too but don't know if residency program.

Hope this helps yall in your search.


smn2010, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse. Has 11 years experience.

Surprisingly, there are even more than these because hospitals are creating their own new grad RN programs (which range from a mere 12-weeks to a lengthy 18 months!). I found that when you go directly to hospital websites, these hospitals now have a dedicated page that discusses the components of their new grad program along with forms, application process, program start dates, etc.

Your list is great!!! 👍 👍 It will definitely give people a head start in the right direction.

There is also another thread located at:

Here's another one:

Truman Medical Center-Kansas City MO

They offer a 6 month New Grad Residency Program for Critical Care (CCU, MICU, SICU).

They just started this program last year.

12 months!? That's an awful long time for a nursing orientation/residency, girlfriend!

JomoNurse said:
12 months!? That's an awful long time for a nursing orientation/residency, girlfriend!

I don't know if you were referring to my post, but the actual program is only 6 months long. The program was just started by the hospital last year. I don't know if you are saying 12 months is a long time to BE in a new grad program, of if the program itself has not been established long enough.

smn2010, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse. Has 11 years experience.

Inova health system in Northern Virginia has several nurse residency program. there are about 6 hospitals plus other facilities (heart & vascular institute, emergency centers, urgent care centers, etc.) within this system and each, individual, hospital maintains their own nurse residency program. the ICU program is 18 months long at one of their hospitals!!!

For those that think a 12-month residency program is too long, you may want to review the information/research provided by the AACN/UHC (http://www.aacn.nche.edu to see what the program consists of. It can't be completed in a mere 12 weeks, like most hospitals. Many hospitals do not participate in the AACN/UHC program; but they have created their own based upon what the AACN/UHC established. The hospitals that are participating in the program must adhere to the AACN/UHC guideline; but the hospitals that have created their own program are even better for new grads.

Some hospitals allow the new grads to rotate to through all of their departments during the 12-month program. The new grad spends a week on basic new employee orientation followed by several weeks in the classroom (skills lab, ekg/ecg training, central lines/ivs, etc.). Once you pass your classes you then spend 2-3 months in each area/department (med/surg, peds, l&d, icu, etc.). The new grad gets to identify their top 3 or 4 areas of interest then rotates to those departments. If the new grad determines that the area they are in is a good "fit", they apply to stay in that department and they no longer rotate. The remainder of their new grad program will then evolve around that one department (one-on-one preceptor, one day a week classroom, additional skills labs associated with the department (especially if it is a "specialty" unit), one day a month meeting with all new grads to see how everyone is doing, etc.)

For those that think 12-months is too long... 18-months is even better!!! whether your are in a 12-month or an 18-month program...by the time you end your nurse residency program you are no longer "green." You are not thrown out to the wolves--alone. You are definitely "comfortable" being on the floor, your self esteem has not been damaged, you are confident, etc. I would take a well organized 12 or 18-month nurse residency program over a 12-week, 4 month "orientation/preceptorship" any day without hesitation!!!

If you are accepted into a new grad RN residency program....enjoy and gain as much knowledge/experience as you can!!!

Iryna, BSN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

Hi I am looking for the RN residency program in Seattle ( WA) and area .. so far no success ... I am not gonna give up but slowly loosing my hope ... looks like many hospitals shut down that program( Evergreen Hospital , Northwest hospital) and other ones have limited space( UW Medicine , Providence ). Thinking to start looking outside of the state

Does the RN Residency accept foreign grads? i graduated, march 2008. just passed the nclex this month.

I agree that 12 months is not too long. I am a new grad, and call me insecure (because I am to a point) but I will gladly take all of the training possible to be the best nurse that I can be, to protect my patients and my license.

smn2010, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nurse. Has 11 years experience.

Foreign or not....you have passed your u.s. NCLEX exam! Good for you!!! It doesn't matter if you are a foreigner or not. if you have received your license from one of the compact states the process will be smoother to go from one state to another. Just start applying to the programs!!!

Wish you luck...competition is fierce!!!