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RN Residency Program

Legacy Health is investing in our nurses by offering the area's first comprehensive, evidence-based residency program for new graduate nurses. The Legacy Health RN Residency program is designed to help you gain the experience, judgment, skills and confidence you need to navigate the complexity of hospital life. R.N. Residents progress to the competent level quickly, safely and effectively.

About the program

Designed by nurses for nurses, the Legacy Health RN Residency Program prepares newly graduated nurses by organizing and overseeing all aspects of your transition. Throughout the program you'll be supported both professionally and emotionally by a network of senior nurses who act as preceptors, mentors and debriefers.

Legacy Health's RN Residency Program is an 18-week program comprised of core curriculum and guided clinical experience.

  • Twenty-five percent of your program will focus on our core curriculum, with courses featuring current and emerging clinical guidelines and standards, labs and simulations.
  • The remaining 75 percent will be guided clinical experience led by expert preceptors at the bedside.
  • With proven success, after just 18 weeks you will achieve the same competence and self-assurance as a nurse who has been in practice for 18 months

Specialty areas

As an RN Resident you will be hired into a specific unit at one of Legacy Health's six medical centers. Units of hire are based on candidate preference, as well as available openings in the department.

Residency specialty areas include:

Behavioral Health
  • Adult
  • Adolescent
Oregon Burn Center
  • OBC is the only burn center in the state of Oregon and consists of a critical care unit and an acute care unit; we care for any patient from pediatric to geriatric, for burn, wound, and skin diseases
Cardiac Step-down
  • Step-down cardiac care (acute MI, stents, 2nd day post open hearts (LEMC only), cardioversions) 
Progressive Care Unit (LGS)
  • Medical surgical telemetry unit; 50-60% of patients on telemetry; medical and overflow surgical; common patients include heart failure, end stage renal disease, pneumonia, chest pain rule out heart attack, kidney transplant, cellulitis, alcohol withdrawal, and seizure monitoring for epilepsy patients
Critical Care
  • Neuro-Trauma
  • Cardiovascular
  • Medical-Surgical
Intermediate Care Unit
  • Complex medical & surgical patients requiring cardiac telemetry, including CVA, post MI, GI Bleed, Overdose, DKA
Medical Specialties with or without Cardiac Telemetry
Surgical Specialties
Operating Room
Family Birth/Women’s
Trauma Step-down (TRACU)
  • Head, spinal cord, & multiple complex orthopedic injuries; neurosurgical post-operative patients; respiratory complications
Pediatrics at Randall Children’s Hospital on the campus of Legacy Emanuel
  • Acute Care
  • PICU
  • NICU

Application process

The application period for the February 2017 cohort of the Legacy Health RN Residency Program is now closed.  The next recruitment period will likely open early March 2017, for positions beginning in August 2017. Please check back to this web page in early March 2017 for application details. 

For additional information about the Legacy Health RN Residency Program, please review the list of frequently asked questions

For questions, please email us.