Applying to the Program

Applications for the Summer 2021 Ambulatory Nurse Residency Program are currently being accepted on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Inpatient applications have closed.

Applications for the 2022 Nurse Residency Program will open on Aug. 1, 2021.

Please note: Nurse resident applicants can only apply to either the Ambulatory Program or the Inpatient Program. Prior to submitting your application, please review the Ambulatory and Inpatient program information and apply to the program that best aligns with your career goals as a Registered Nurse. Candidates will not be considered for both Ambulatory and Inpatient Nurse Residency positions.

Eligibility for the Nurse Residency Program:

  • Receive a Bachelor of Nursing Degree.
  • Nursing GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Pass the NCLEX and have a WI RN License prior to start date in the Nurse Residency Program; (NCLEX exam to be scheduled no later than two (2) weeks prior to start date in nurse resident program).

*Please note you cannot work as a Registered Nurse prior to starting the program.

How to Apply

Please submit the following items:

  • Online application with resume and a transcript
  • Supplemental application
  • 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?
  • What do you hope to achieve/accomplish in your first two years as a new nurse?

Please follow these steps to apply:

Step 1: Supplemental Application Materials

Complete and save the following forms on your computer. This needs to be completed prior to the online application.

2021 Inpatient Nurse Residency Supplemental Application (pdf)
2021 Inpatient Nurse Residency Supplemental Application (docx)

2021 Ambulatory Clinic Nurse Residency Supplemental Application (pdf)
2021 Ambulatory Clinic Nurse Residency Supplemental Application (docx)

Note: Microsoft Word version (docx) recommended for applicants using a Mac computer 

Please refer to the attachments below, which provides information on practice areas:

Step 2: Online Application

Attach the Supplemental Application:

  • Go to the UW Health online job search
  • Register, if you have not already created an account
  • Combine the supplemental application and unofficial transcripts into one (1) PDF document, and combine resume and goal statement in one (1) PDF document.
  • Current Employees must apply internally via Oracle Cloud. Home access is available:

Step 3: References

If you are selected as a finalist for a Nurse Resident position, the next step will be checking references. At UW Health, reference checking is completed online, using 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 from SkillSurvey that includes a link to its website.
  • You will need to enter the e-mail addresses, including name, title, name of organization of four (4) references. Two (2) – three (3) references should be from clinical nursing faculty and one (1) – two (2) 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 Human Resources at (608) 263-6500.
  • 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.

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.”

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