Providing quality, compassionate care is key to fulfilling purpose: Providing excellence in health care to the communities we serve. That’s why we make exceptional training opportunities a priority at United Regional. We recognize that it takes devoted and motivated nurses like you to continue to allow us to provide the superior care that has designated us as a Pathway to Excellence hospital four times in a row. The mission of the nurse residency program is to facilitate new graduate nurses’ transition to practice and supporting a culture of safety and excellence.

The employee-based nurse residency program at United Regional was initiated in 2015 and has graduated over 400 new graduate nurses. The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program is a year-long program that meets best practice recommendations for entry-to-practice programs shown to support the most successful transition to professional practice.

The program is designed for new graduate nurses from ADN and BSN programs who want to practice nursing in the acute care setting. Residency opportunities are available in a variety of settings including Med Surg, Critical Care, Women’s & Children’s, Emergency and Surgical Services. The curricular framework provided by the Residency Program is designed to support the transition from advanced beginner to competent professional.


United Regional Health Care System is now accredited with the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program®. the ANCC PTAP sets the global standard for residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses (RNs). With ANCC evidence-based criteria our program demonstrates excellence in transitioning nurses to new practice settings.

Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program Details

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program is a yearlong residency built upon evidence-based curriculum. During the program, nurse residents will participate in a series of learning and work experiences that are geared toward transition to a competent professional. At the end of the program, nurse residents will have improved confidence, competence, prioritization, communication skills, and decreased stress levels.

Program objectives

Upon completion of the nurse residency program, the nurse resident will:

  • Make the transition from advanced beginner nurse to competent professional nurse in the clinical environment
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance
  • Provide clinical nursing leadership at the point of care
  • Strengthen his or her commitment to nursing as a professional career choice
  • Formulate an individual development plan for his or her new clinical role
  • Incorporate research-based evidence linked to practice outcomes into the care he or she provides
Program curriculum is built on 5 pillars:
  • Person-Centered Care
  • Quality and Safety
  • Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement
  • Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development
Participating Nurse Units

Med Surg



      4W-General Medical


      6W-General Medical

      B5S- General Surgical

Critical Care


      8C-Medical step down/Telemetry

      9W-Cardiac step down 

      3C-SICU-Surgical Intensive Care

      7W-MICU -Medical Intensive Care

Women’s &Children’s

      Post Partum

      Labor &Delivery

      Intermediate Special Care Nursery


Emergency Department


Benefits of our nurse residency program
  • A combination of didactic and clinical experiences
  • Small group reflection
  • Supportive cohort of peers
  • Opportunity to work on an evidence-based project
Eligibility Requirements/Application Process
  • Graduate of an accredited associate (ADN) or baccalaureate (BSN) nursing program
  • Must be a new graduate and have less than 1 year experience
  • Current CPR/BLS –Healthcare Provider card
Application Process
  • Complete the application for the nurse residency program
  • Submit an electronic resume
  • Reference letters are not required as part of the initial application
  • A recruiter will review all applications received prior to the deadline
  • Applications will be screened to ensure candidates meet the residency qualifications
  • A recruiter will pre-screen candidates and managers select candidates for interviews
  • If you are selected for an interview, you will be scheduled to attend the Rapid Fire Manager interviews where you will be able to interview with several department managers by rotating around the room in a one-day hiring event.
  • August graduates – applications will open June 17-28
  • December graduates – applications open September 16 – September 27 and a hiring event will be held October 4 and 5
  • May graduates – applications will open in Mid-February with a hiring event in early March

For more information, please email Director of Clinical Education Andrea Anderle –