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Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency Program

What is unique about a PeaceHealth Nurse Residency Program experience?

Are you a newly graduated nurse looking for a great way to start your nursing career? Come join our team! PeaceHealth is dedicated to supporting new nurses. Our Nurse Residency Program, offered in Bellingham, Vancouver and Eugene/Springfield, includes monthly seminars focused on enhancing early transition to practice and additional support building relationships with preceptors and leaders throughout the first year of practice. In conjunction with Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program, we partner with clinical education to support orientation and unit-based competencies, providing structure as you advance from beginner to competent nurse.  

Seminar curriculum focuses on 3 main areas:

  1. Quality outcomes: Understand safety and quality initiatives to improve patient experience and positively impact nurse-sensitive indicators.
  2. Leadership: Learn and practice strategies to communicate and work within an inter-professional team.
  3. Professional Role: Develop an evidence-based practice project, explore ethical decision making and create a professional development plan.

Residents in the program have electroinic access to connect with other newly graduated nurses participating in similar residency programs across the country.

What are the goals of the program?

  • Transition from an entry level advanced beginner nurse to competent professional, providing safe and quality care to our patients.
  • Develop clinical leadership at the point of patient care, through advocacy and reflective practice.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgement and performance.
  • Formulate a nursing professional development plan to support lifelong learning.

Who is eligible to participate? 

All newly graduated nurses in all clinical areas are eligible to participate in the Nurse Residency Program. New graduate is defined as less than 12 months since nursing school graduation (at time of application) and less than 6 months of acute care experience as a RN. 

To Apply

Ready to apply?  Please look for our next Nurse Residency program postings:

When does the program start?

Cohorts are hired twice a year:

  • Summer/Fall: Application typically opens in May with an anticipated orientation start date July/August.
  • Winter/Spring: Application typically opens in October with an anticipated orientation start date January/February.

How long is orientation?

Orientation times will vary based on clinical specialty. Orientation includes specialty core curriculum classes, time on the unit with a preceptor as well as simulation experience(s) to enhance skill acquisition.  

Time in orientation can range from:

  • Med-Surg 8-10 weeks
  • ICU, ED 16-26 weeks
  • OR, NICU, L&D, 26+ weeks

This is based on individual progress through orientation and competency validation by a preceptor/educator.

Will I be hired into a specific RN position in a specific work area?

Yes, when hired into the Nurse Residency Program, new nurses are offered a position with a specific unit and manager.

Will I be asked to sign a contract to work a certain amount of time at PeaceHealth?

Contractual commitments vary by state/hospital and can be discussed during the interview phase.

Do I have to have a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) to apply?

PeaceHealth encourages all nurses to complete a BSN within 3 years of hire.

Education assistance is available after a certain period of employment with PeaceHealth.

Find your passion with this Nurse Residency Program at PeaceHealth hospitals in:

  1. Bellingham WA, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center                
  2. Eugene, OR, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center University District
  3. Springfield, OR, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend               
  4. Vancouver, WA PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center


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