The Nurse Residency Program

CCNE TitleThree Nurses

Students who will graduate within the next four months or who have graduated within the last year with no prior RN experience are eligible to apply to our Fall Nurse Residency Cohort.

We offer a 12-month Nurse Residency Program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (2013-2018), and a Nurse Residency Transition Program that educates and supports new graduate nurses, offering professional development and help with work/life balance. Participants network with expert nurses from both the hospital and the UI College of Nursing. We are part of the the University HealthSystem Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing NRP program. Lectures, discussions, and hands-on learning experiences include:

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Patient Education
  • Evidence-Based Skin Care Practices
  • Simulation Experience with Critical Changes in a Patient's Condition
  • Dealing with Death and Dying
  • Caring for Oneself
  • Generational Workplace Matters

 

Application Requirements

Please include the following information in your application for the Nurse Residency Program.

In your cover letter, please include responses to the items listed below:

  • Why have you chosen nursing as your profession?
  • Describe your dream job including rational.
  • Please tell us your future goals.

Your resume must include information from your internship/externship experiences and clinical rotation experiences.

  • Describe the experience (summer externship, senior internship, preceptorship, role transition, clinical rotation).
  • Where (what hospital) did you complete the experience?
  • What type of unit were you working on?
  • How many hours did you complete?
  • When did you complete the experience (dates)?

During your work experiences or academic nursing program have you earned any certifications (i.e. ACLS/PALS, CNA, etc.)?  Include these certifications in your resume.

 

Staff Orientation

Staff Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse Orientation
Central orientation for new registered nurses and licensed practical nurses at UI Hospitals and Clinics is an interactive two-week experience including: electronic medical record training, safe patient handling, infection prevention, patient and staff safety, and other relevant topics specific to UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Orientation to a specific nursing division and unit includes additional classes and individualized time spent with a preceptor. Unit orientation may range from weeks to months, depending on the unit and the experience level of the nurse. New graduate registered nurses also participate in the Nurse Residency Program during their first year.
Nursing Assistant Orientation
Central orientation for new nursing assistants is an interactive two-week experience including electronic medical record training, safe patient handling, infection prevention, and patient and staff safety. The class also includes skill training for personal care of the patient in the acute care setting
Orientation to a specific nursing division and unit includes additional classes and individualized time spent with a unit staff member.
Orientation for: Surgical Technician, Central Sterilizing Technician, Nursing Unit Clerk and Medical Assistant
Central orientation for a surgical technician or medical assistant consists of classroom education on specialized topics and electronic medical record training. The remainder of orientation time is spent on the unit.
Safe Patient Handling
Safe patient handling includes training on proper body mechanics, as well as demonstration and return demonstration on the use of limited, extensive, and total assist transfer and lift devices.