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New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

New Grad Residency Overview:

Our Registered Nurse Transition to Practice Residency Program (New Graduate Nurse Residency Program) is based on the Vizient and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Vizient/AACN) Nurse Residency Program™. This program is specifically designed to ensure you have the clinical knowledge, tools, and support you need as you begin your professional nursing career! Our curriculum is based on the most up-to-date evidence to ease your transition from the classroom setting to the clinical practice environment while promoting high-quality, safe patient care.

Our paid, 12-month Transition to Practice Residency Program consists of:

  • One week of general orientation, introducing you to the SCL Health system, Saint Joseph Hospital, clinical standards, and hands-on practice with EPIC, our electronic medical record
  • Clinical orientation/preceptorship on your unit of hire, based on your individual experience and readiness for independent practice
  • Training resources, including high- and low-fidelity simulation and hands-on practice with equipment and patient care tools
  • Monthly sessions focused on the skills needed to ensure you succeed as a professional registered nurse
  • An evidence-based practice project focusing on a topic pertinent to your clinical unit
  • Dedicated site and system residency coordinators to support you throughout the program and beyond


There are three cohorts of the SJH Registered Nurse Transition to Practice Residency program every year: Spring, Summer and Fall. The application period opens approximately four months prior to the start of the cohort. You can learn more about the upcoming cohorts here.

New Graduate Nurse Testimonials

Here is what former New Graduate Residents are saying:

  • "I have been extremely happy with my new job at St Joes and enjoy working on the unit!"
  • "I loved the new grad residency program. I do not think I could have been as confident as I am without it!"
  • "The Residency program was so beneficial to my learning and a great way to learn pertinent information that is used on the floor. Many of the topics and skills we covered helped me to feel less stressed and overwhelmed and were often skills or situations I encountered in one of my next shifts on the floor."
  • "I feel my residency program has been very supportive and holistic. I feel as prepared as I can be for my role as a new RN. Thank you for the consistent support!"

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