Applying to the program

Applications for the Nurse Residency Program that are currently open:

Summer 2024 Inpatient and Ambulatory cohorts: Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Inpatient Nurse Resident – Summer 2024 (September 2023 – August 2024 graduates)

Ambulatory Nurse Resident – Summer 2024 (September 2023 – August 2024 graduates)

Fall 2024 Inpatient cohort: Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Inpatient Nurse Resident – Fall 2024 (December 2023 – September 2024 graduates)

Eligibility for the Nurse Residency Program

  • 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:

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Current unofficial academic transcript
  • Supplemental application (see below)
  • Goal statement

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

Inpatient Nurse Residency Supplemental Application (pdf)

Ambulatory Clinic Nurse Residency Supplemental Application (pdf)

Please refer to the unit descriptions below for additional information on patient care areas:

Step 2: Online application

Attach the supplemental application:

  • Visit the UW Health Careers page and search Nurse Residency
  • 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.
  • Current employees must apply internally via Oracle Cloud. Home access is available at

Step 3: References

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.