Nurse Residency Program

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.


The employee-based Nurse Residency Program at UW Health is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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.


Residency Comments

“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.”