Nurse Residency Program

Finding your first job as a nurse can be a challenge. Candidates need to find a place where they feel comfortable and get the support they need to progress from a novice nurse to a competent and experienced nurse.

The University Health System Nurse Residency Program (NRP) in partnership with Vizient is a one-year program for new graduates who are employed as staff nurses on clinical units and in ambulatory settings. The program’s focus is on the transition to professional nursing practice using Patricia Benner’s theoretical framework of From Novice to Expert; Excellence and Power in Clinical Practice. This program provides additional educational opportunity and a supportive network of other new graduates and expert nurses. It consists of monthly sessions for the first year of practice to support new nurse graduates as they transition into their first professional role in nursing.

Supporting the new graduate nurse’s development as a professional nurse and member of the healthcare team, the program is facilitated by a dedicated NRP Coordinator. In addition, expert nurses in multiple specialties and University Health System leaders regularly teach in the monthly sessions. A special emphasis is placed on:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Clinical decision making
  • Leadership at the bedside
  • Communication skills
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Patient safety
  • Professional career development

Outcome data from the residency has demonstrated that, through participation in the residency, residents develop improved confidence, competence, communication skills and leadership capabilities. They also demonstrate a decrease in stress levels. Residency sessions and facilitator support are planned and delivered with the primary goal of assisting the new nurse in acquiring the professional practice skills necessary to become a successful partner of the health care team.

  • Monthly sessions include discussion, simulation, tours and interaction with other University Health System departments/personnel.
  • You along with other Residents from your clinical unit will form a group and select a clinical topic or practice issue you’ve identified on your individual nursing unit. Under the tutelage and assistance of a nurse researcher, you will develop and conduct an evidence-based project. Upon completion, you will share your findings with University Health System nursing colleagues and leaders. Several groups of Residents have been invited to major national conferences where they have presented their studies.

The Nurse Residency Program is not application based and all new graduate nurses hired at University Health System are placed in the residency program.

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We look forward to having you be part of the Nurse Residency Program at University Health System!