Associates Degree nurses hired are required to obtain their BSN within six (6) years of hire date.
Requirements During the Nurse Residency Program
Full-time (72-80 hours per bi-weekly) employment for the first year is expected.
Prior to completion of the year-long Nurse Residency Program in your assigned clinical area you will not be eligible to transfer.
Participation in monthly to twice-monthly nurse resident classes.
Completion of an evidence-based practice project.
Additional specialty courses based upon unit.
During the orientation part of the program, Nurse Residents will work based on their preceptor(s) schedule(s). Length of orientation is dependent on the clinical practice area and nurse resident needs.
Hospital-based Nurse Residents usually work a Day/Evening or Day/Night schedule. You may work all shifts during orientation for exposure in preparation for the shifts you may work upon completion of orientation. You may be assigned to work 8-, 10- or 12-hour shifts.
Some practice areas may include on-call requirements based on the operational needs of the individual area.
Toward the end of your orientation, your manager will work with you to determine an RN position based on the current vacancies and the staffing needs of the clinical area. You may be moved into an RN position in the clinical area you were hired, or you may move into a position within a similar practice area.
Ambulatory Nurse Residents work Monday-Friday clinic hours. Hours are based on the operational needs of the clinic and typically are between 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The nurse residency is a prestigious 12-month program designed to help nurses move confidently into practice. While in the program, Inpatient Nurse Residents will meet once per month and Ambulatory Nurse Residents will meet twice per month.
How often do you offer the Nurse Residency Program?
Ambulatory start dates
Sept. 9, 2024
Inpatient start dates
June 17, 2024
July 15, 2024
Aug. 12, 2024
Sept. 9, 2024
What is the orientation period for the nurse residents?
Twelve to 26 weeks, depending on the acuity of the practice area.
Which units are available for nurse residents?
We hire nurse residents into all inpatient units, the Emergency Department, Operating Rooms and several ambulatory settings. Unit descriptions are available for your review:
How does the placement work after being accepted into the program?
As part of our application process, we have applicants complete a clinical interest inventory. We try to place nurse residents in an area that interests them, though it cannot always be guaranteed.
Is there a time commitment after completing the program?
There is no time commitment after completing the program. Upon completion of the year-long residency, you will be eligible to apply to transfer to another unit for which you meet qualifications. Prior to completion of the year-long program on your assigned unit, you will not be eligible to transfer.
If I am hired into the Nurse Residency Program, will I be paid and eligible for benefits?
Yes, nurse residents are paid and are eligible for benefits. View our benefits page for additional information on benefits of working at UW Health.
Do you offer shift and weekend differentials in the Nurse Residency Program?
Inpatient nurse residents receive a shift and/or weekend differential as appropriate. Ambulatory nurse residents work during standard business hours and do not receive a shift differential.
Nurse residents will attend monthly residency classes with their cohort. You will meet with clinical experts and problem-solve clinical challenges and learn more about resources to support your practice.
Eligibility Requirements for UW Health Nurse Residency Program
Is there a GPA requirement to apply for the Nurse Residency Program?
No, there is not a minimum GPA to apply to the program. However, submitting your current unofficial transcript is part of the application process because we do take your Nursing GPA into consideration.
How long after graduation may I start the program?
Candidates must start the program within 12 months of graduation.
Do I need to complete an additional application for the Nurse Residency Program?
Yes, there is a supplemental application that you need to complete as part of the online application. Please go to Applying to the Program for additional information.
Is the Nurse Residency Program open to all new graduate nurses?
Yes, the Nurse Residency Program is open to all new graduate nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing or Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree.
I just graduated with my Associate Degree in Nursing. Do I need to complete a Bachelor’s in Nursing?
Yes, it is required for all Associate Degree in Nursing graduates to complete a Bachelor’s in Nursing within six (6) years of their start date.
What certifications are required before starting the program?
Nurse residents are required to be BLS-certified and provide a copy of the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers card prior to starting the program. We only accept certifications from American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
Receive an Associate Degree in Nursing or Bachelor’s in Nursing Degree.
Hold a permanent Wisconsin RN License (preferred) or Wisconsin Nursing Temporary Permit prior to start date in the Nurse Residency Program (NCLEX exam to be scheduled at least two weeks prior to start date in nurse resident program when possible).
Must begin the Nurse Residency Program no more than 12 months after graduation from an accredited nursing school.
How to apply
Please submit the following items:
Current unofficial academic transcript
Supplemental application (see below)
The goal statement is an essay that includes the following components:
What led you to nursing?
What have you learned in nursing school that you will bring to your nursing practice?
Why are you interested in the UW Health Nurse Residency Program?
UW Health is committed to becoming more diverse and inclusive as a healthcare provider and workplace. How would you contribute to this?
Please follow these steps to apply:
Step 1: Supplemental application materials
Please complete prior to initiating the online application
Register, if you have not already created an account
If possible, combine the supplemental application and unofficial transcripts into one (1) PDF document, and combine the resume and goal statement into one (1) PDF document. It is acceptable to attach the documents separately, if necessary.
If you are selected to moved forward in the recruitment process, the next step is checking professional references. At UW Health, reference checks are completed electronically via the SkillSurvey reference checking service.
Human Resources Recruitment will notify you, either via phone or e-mail, that we would like to begin checking your references.
An email will be sent to you directly from SkillSurvey that includes a link to its website.
You will need to enter the e-mail addresses, contact name, title, phone number and organization of four (4) professional references. Two (2) – three (3) references should be from clinical instructors and one (1) – two (2) references from either a clinical nurse manager, preceptor, or supervisor of past/current employment. If unable to enter this information within 48 hours of receipt of the initial email, please contact your Nurse Recruiter or Recruitment Specialist.
Each of your references will receive an e-mail from SkillSurvey directing them to complete a confidential online survey regarding your past clinical/work performance.
To help expedite the process, Human Resources recommends that you contact your references in advance and encourage them to complete the online survey in a timely manner.
You should monitor the progress being made by your references by accessing the SkillSurvey website. Please contact those individuals who have not yet completed the reference survey.
Completed references are a tool used to evaluate and select the best candidate. Job offers are not extended to any candidate without completed references.
UW Health in Madison, Wis., participates in the Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program.
The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program at UW Health – recognized as an exemplary program by the Magnet Commission – is part of a national initiative developed by leaders in the nursing profession across the country.
This prestigious 12-month program is designed to help new graduate nurses move confidently into practice following graduation from an accredited nursing program.
As a nurse resident, you’ll work through a series of learning and work experiences as you transition into your first professional nursing position in a UW Health patient care setting.
Through this rigorous process, UW Health has demonstrated that it meets national standards for its program to support new nurses during their first year of practice.
There are currently 40 Nurse Residency Programs accredited through CCNE in the United States.
“I have been very happy with the residency program. It has relieved the great anxiety of coming from a theory-based BSN program.”
“I am a better nurse because of the residency program. I love my job and attribute that in part to this program.”
“I feel this position would have been overwhelming had I not had the residency program to help me.”