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R.N. Residency Program

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Gain experience, judgement, skills and confidence

AccreditationLegacy Health invests in our nurses by offering an evidence-based residency program for new graduate nurses. The Legacy Health R.N. Residency Program helps the new nurse gain the experience, judgment, skills and confidence they need to navigate the transition to professional nursing practice from academia. R.N. Residents progress to the competent level quickly, safely and effectively. The program is an Accredited Practice Transition Program with Distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  


Program update

Legacy Health has decided to postpone the August 2020 cohort of the R.N. Residency Program until February 2021. This decision was made with careful consideration while managing the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. We understand this decision has a personal impact on many who’ve already applied to the program.  Legacy Health remains fully committed to the future of the program, which represents an essential source of new nursing talent. The R.N. Residency Program has brought a wealth of exceptional new nurses through our doors. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we adjust to this rapidly changing time.

The next Legacy Health R.N. Residency program will start in February 2021.

About the program

Designed by nurses for nurses, this unique nursing program prepares new graduate nurses by organizing and overseeing all aspects of their transition. A network of nurses act as preceptors, mentors, and “debriefers,” supporting the new graduate nurse professionally and emotionally throughout the program which lasts a full year. With proven success, after just 18 weeks of precepted time, new grads achieve the same competence and self-assurance as a nurse in practice for 18 months. 

  • A mentor provides professional guidance along with acclimation to the unit of hire for a full year. 
  • The 18 weeks of precepted time and curriculum is comprised of core and specialty curriculum and guided clinical experience.
  • The curriculum focuses on courses featuring current and emerging clinical guidelines and standards, labs and simulations. 
  • A minimum of 18 weeks of clinical experience is led by expert preceptors at the bedside.
  • Routine debriefing sessions with trained facilitators provide a safe place to share experiences with other nurses in the cohort.
  • Looping experiences to different units enhance communication between health care professionals 

Program requirements

  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.25
  • External applicants will need to have a BSN to be considered for the program 
  • Internal applicants (current Legacy employees) who have attained an ADN will only be considered if they are enrolled in a BSN program
  • Beginning with cohort 22 which starts in August 2021, a BSN is required upon hire for all candidates.  
  • Two-year employment commitment following the completion of the 18 weeks of preceptedtime

Specialty areas

As an R.N. resident, you will be hired into a specific unit at one of Legacy Health's medical centers or Unity Center for Behavioral Health. Units of hire are based on candidate preference, as well as available openings in the department. See the list of specialty areas that often participate in the program.

The application to the next Legacy Health R.N. Residency program is open and can be accessed here


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