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RN New Grad Nurse Residency Program - Southwest Medical Center

Job ID: 12355
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Variable
Shift Length: Variable
FTE: 0.90
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including 2 doses of a 2-dose series or 1 dose of a 1-dose series plus 14 days beyond the final dose prior to start date.​

PeaceHealth is accepting applications for our upcoming Nurse Residency Program at Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington. Next cohort group will have start dates beginning in December/January.

This is an exciting opportunity for new graduate nurses to enter a program providing technical excellence as well as nursing excellence, compassionate care for our patients and community. The Nurse Residency Program provides a comprehensive transition to practice program offering interactive, evidence-based curriculum designed to build clinical skills and competency in patient outcomes, leadership and the professional nurse role. This is a 12-month program reflecting the Mission, Vision and Values of PeaceHealth.

To qualify for this program you must be:

  • A new graduate RN (or upcoming graduate) or a RN who has been licensed for less than 12 months with less than 6 months of Acute Care experience as an RN.

To be considered for the program you must complete and application and attach the following: (incomplete applications will not be accepted) If you are interested in multiple PH locations, you must submit an application to each hospital you are interested in: 

  1. Resume 
  2. Cover Letter- This is your chance to tell us why Peacehealth, why Vancouver and a little bit about yourself!
  3. Clinical Narrative- Submit a clinical narrative of 1 page or less. (This needs to be uploaded in the attachments section). A clinical narrative is a story about a clinical event or situation that was meaningful for you and taught you something about the role of a professional nurse. Some possible topics include: A specific clinical experience where your interventions made a difference in outcome for the patient A clinical experience that was especially challenging and how it impacted your practice A clinical situation that went differently than you expected.

Program Timeline / Step-by Step Process:

  • New grads must have an active RN license by date of hire. Start dates are determined by looking at several factors- NCLEX, Licensing, relocation and department needs.

Position Commitments: 
  • Ability to work 32 to 40 hours per week. 
  • Available to work 8, 10 or 12-Hour Shifts. 
  • Available to work, Day, Eve and Night Shifts 
  • Flexible to work any day of the week as schedules rotate. 
  • Able to participate in all program activities throughout the 12-month period. 
  • Clinical Instructor and employment references will be required. 
  • Willing to sign a 2 year commitment letter
  • New grads must remain in the department they are hired into for the 1st 18 months of employment per the WSNA Union contract.

Opportunities vary per cohort, may be in  Med/Surg, Emergency, Cardiology, ICU, ICU step down , OR, Float Pool

Job Description with complete list of duties will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding the Nurse Residency Program, please email Kaitlin McCarthy at [email protected]

Relocation Assistance Available

This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement. There may be more than one opening on this posting.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.  

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.  EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state, or federal laws.

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