St. Joseph’s Hospital – Nurse Residency Program
Nurse Residency/Fellowship Program Nurse Residency update – 2/4/2011 The application deadline for our February cohort has passed. The next possible cohort is planned for August 2011. The positions will be posted in mid to late May for this cohort. Please check back after May 11 for further updates. See Frequently Asked Questions for information about our selection criteria. […]
Nurse Residency/Fellowship Program
Nurse Residency update – 2/4/2011
The application deadline for our February cohort has passed. The next possible cohort is planned for August 2011. The positions will be posted in mid to late May for this cohort. Please check back after May 11 for further updates.
See Frequently Asked Questions for information about our selection criteria.
If I’m not selected for the Nurse Residency program, can I be considered for a regular RN job as a new graduate RN?
The Nurse Residency program was developed to address the crucial transition from the academic environment to your first RN job. We believe the support offered within the Nurse Residency is not optional, but is required for success in an acute care setting. For that reason, we continue to require six months of hospital experience or one year of RN patient care experience (long-term care preferred) to be considered for a regular RN position at a HealthEast hospital.
About the program
HealthEast’s Nurse Residency/Fellowship Program helps you smoothly transition from student to successful practitioner. We offer an in-depth program that focuses on both classroom and clinical experience, preparing you for a career in nursing.
The Nurse Residency/Fellowship Program gives participants the opportunity to find their best fit with a specific nursing unit.
New grads interested in the program:
- Must apply and be hired into the 1-year residency program.
- Will be hired for a specific hospital (Bethesda, St. John’s, St. Joseph’s or Woodwinds).
New graduates at HealthEast will:
- Be hired and oriented using a “cohort model.” New grad RNs are hired as a group, receive classroom training together and support one another as they begin a new career. Cohorts begin twice a year: February/March and August.
- Receive continued orientation on your assigned floor by a preceptor, in addition to classroom training time.
- Enjoy orientation that is tailored to meet your individual needs.
- Meet together with their site cohort and Clinical Educator throughout their floor orientation to discuss and learn from their shared experiences.
Building on your education
HealthEast wants to make sure you succeed. Our program is designed to build on what you’ve learned in school so you’ll be well-equipped to be a confident, competent nurse. The Nurse Residency/Fellowship Program includes:
- Professional development plan – You’ll create an individual plan to build your skills. With the help of the expert nurses leading our program, you will outline specific activities to enhance your function within your unit and hospital.
- Facilitated learning sessions – You will meet with other program participants and have an opportunity to reflect on your nursing practice. We will guide you through writing clinical narratives, analyzing case studies and dialoguing with advanced practice nurses and other experts.
Here’s just a sampling of topics you’ll cover:
- Stress and time management, delegation
- Conflict resolution, communication, feedback
- Failure to rescue, airway management, hypoxia
- Recognition of myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest
- Acute and chronic pain, assessment, stroke
- Liver disease, renal disease, alcohol withdrawal
- Wound management, hazards of immobility
- Special needs and behavioral problems of the elderly, complementary therapies, end of life care
To apply for the Nurse Residency/Fellowship Program
Go to the career search page, click the “Login” button and complete an online employment profile.
Attach to your profile:
- Your resume, noting your current GPA
- A cover letter identifying your areas of interest and any specific career or educational goalsPlease note: It works best to combine your cover letter and resume into one document before attaching
After completing and saving your profile (Note: There is a two step save process - you will need to click Confirm and then Submit your profile) locate positions by typing “Resident RN” into the keyword search field on the Search page.
Open the positions at the HealthEast sites that are of interest and click “Apply” in the upper right hand corner. You may apply to any/all of the hospitals if you are interested in being considered by all of the sites.
If we are not currently accepting applications, no positions will be listed. See the “Nurse Residency Update” section above for details about future cohorts. Check back after the posting date to apply.
Frequently asked questions
Still have questions about the program? Check out our frequently asked questions page.