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Nurse Residency Programs in Oregon, HELP!

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by novayogi96 novayogi96 (New) New Student

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Hello, I am currently in a dilemma, and hopefully all you wonderful people can give some advice. I am graduating with my ADN and will be moving to Portland, Oregon to finish my BSN. I have heard it is really hard to get into a nurse residency program up there, especially if you just have your ADN.

I am trying to figure out what is the best way to get a residency, while finishing school....should I just finish my bachelors program which is 3 terms, and then find a nursing job for the best opportunity?  Should I work part time at an outpatient nursing job while finishing school and then apply to a residency program? Should I work as a CNA2 part time while finishing my BSN program so I can have a foot in the door? Too many options, and I'm not sure what the best one is....just that I want to be in a nurse residency program... 

Thank you much!

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OliveOyl91 is a CNA, RN and specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

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PeaceHealth and Providence will hire new grad nurses with their ADN - especially if you are already enrolled in a BSN program. Working as a CNA at either of these hospital systems will be a huge help in getting into their RN residencies, because you’ll be an internal applicant and if you make a good impression on your manager as a CNA, they may want you back as a RN. I worked as a CNA for PeaceHealth in Vancouver all through nursing school and was accepted into their RN residency with my ADN. Legacy will no longer get hire ADNs, even if you’re an internal applicant. I have really enjoyed PeaceHealth and a couple classmates are at Sacred Heart near Eugene and also love it. A couple other classmates have also really enjoyed Providence - both Portland and St Vincent. 

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gfrivera89 has 7 years experience as a ADN, ASN, LVN, RN.

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@OliveOyl91 Do you know what the starting pay for the New grad RN's at Peace Health?

What is the process after you get selected?

I applied for the New grad program for Eugene, vancouver, and longview.

I believe applications just closed yesterday may 25 and hopefully will hear back from someone the beginning of June. 

 

@novayogi96 I have my ADN and planning on doing my BSN while working as an RN.

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OliveOyl91 is a CNA, RN and specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

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55 minutes ago, gfrivera89 said:

@OliveOyl91 Do you know what the starting pay for the New grad RN's at Peace Health?

What is the process after you get selected?

I applied for the New grad program for Eugene, vancouver, and longview.

I believe applications just closed yesterday may 25 and hopefully will hear back from someone the beginning of June.

Starting pay for RNs at Southwest is $38.98/hr, regardless of department. Plus RNs get a $3.00/hr evening differential and a $5.75 night differential. And you immediately start earning EIB and PTO. You can’t use it right away, but it starts accumulating. 

At St John, the starting pay differs from department to department. I’ve seen starting wages around $34-$37 in Longview. 
 

I was an internal applicant and was hired by my manager onto the floor I worked on as a CNA. However, you list your preferences department-wise and you have a panel interview with a handful of managers. Based on your interview and your references, managers will offer you positions on their units. It can be a little slow going, even as an internal applicant. I applied in October, interviewed in November, and was given my official start date and orientation in January. You go through new hire orientation, EPIC training, and once that’s done, they place you with a preceptor. Medsurg gets a minimum of 8 weeks of orientation. ICU and CVICU gets minimum of 12 weeks. Plus, you always have the opportunity to get more of you feel like you need it.

Once a month we have residency meetings where we meet with our cohort. I’ve enjoyed it and felt like I was prepared to work the floor solo when my time came. I’ve really enjoyed it, so far. My nursing school classmate is in the residency at Sacred Heart in Eugene and she also have nothing but good things to say.

 

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gfrivera89 has 7 years experience as a ADN, ASN, LVN, RN.

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@OliveOyl91

that is awesome. I have also heard great things about them and crossing my fingers that I am chose for one of the locations. I applied at the end of April. I am interested in the obstetrics (L&D/Postpartum) unit the most but chose others as well. Was advised that Obstetrics is only offered in Eugene. 

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OliveOyl91 is a CNA, RN and specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

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14 minutes ago, gfrivera89 said:

@OliveOyl91

that is awesome. I have also heard great things about them and crossing my fingers that I am chose for one of the locations. I applied at the end of April. I am interested in the obstetrics (L&D/Postpartum) unit the most but chose others as well. Was advised that Obstetrics is only offered in Eugene. 

Good luck! 🤞🤞 

That’s what I’ve heard as well, regarding OB, but PeaceHealth in both Longview and Vancouver offer fellowships into ED, ICU, and OB for nurses with 1 year experience if you don’t get the opportunity now. 👍

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