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 (and not replace) on-going orientation and unit-based competencies.  

The curriculum focuses on 3 main areas:

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

Residents will also have access to a network of other residents participating in this program across the country.

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. 

To Apply

Ready to apply?  Please look for our Nurse Residency program postings from October 14th - November 8th at

When does the program start?

The program is held two times per year:

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

How long is orientation?

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

Time in orientation can range from:

  • Med-Surg 8-12 weeks
  • ICU, ED 16-26 weeks
  • OR, NICU, L&D, 26 weeks

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

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What’s expected of the nurse resident?

Nurse residents attend and participate in all residency related activities, including nursing orientation, unit based education, and all monthly Nurse Residency Seminars. Each resident promotes a culture of Evidence-based practice (EBP) by completing an EBP project which directly relates to their clinical area and/or area of interest. Throughout the program, nurse residents are expected to complete required assessment surveys. These new graduate nurses are asked to commit to working at least 2 years after completing orientation. All new nurse residents agree to accept feedback aimed at establishing a safe and reliable nursing practice as they transition from advanced beginner to competent nurse.

What’s expected of preceptors?

Preceptors serve as a guide, coach, and mentor. They facilitate socialization and help new nurses understand unit/department culture. Preceptors provide assessment, timely feedback and evaluation of resident performance based on unit competency checklists and roadmaps. Throughout the program, preceptors reinforce content learned in seminars.


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