Nurse Residency Program (New Grads)

Eligibility Requirements for VUMC's Nurse Residency Program

Q:  Who is eligible for the Nurse Residency Program?
A:  Our Nurse Residency is for graduate nurses, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees who have completed nursing school. Nurse residents must have graduated with a BSN or MSN.

Q:  If I have experience as a nurse, will I need to participate in the Nurse Residency Program?
A;  If, upon application, you possess less than six months experience as an RN, you must apply to the Nurse Residency program.

Q:  Are there any considerations for those graduating from an online undergraduate Nursing program?
A:  We have found that completing the program requirements for clinical competency in time for the start date of the NRP has been challenging for our past graduates.  We recommend that you plan early to finish your curriculum requirements and diligently pursue completing your clinical requirements as soon as you can.  You must have completed all program requirements before the residency start dates.

Q:  What if I haven’t taken my boards or found out if I passed the test?  Can I still be hired into the Nurse Residency Program?
A:  Graduate Nurses employed at Vanderbilt are hired into a Nurse Resident role.  The NCLEX exam should be scheduled at the earliest possible date and we strongly encourage Nurse Residents to have taken the NCLEX before starting Vanderbilt. Nurse Residents must provide a written update of their NCLEX exam status prior to start date. Nurse Residents moving in from out-of-state are strongly encouraged to sit for the State of Tennessee NCLEX exams.

Until the resident is licensed, he or she is restricted to job functions that do not require licensure. Upon receiving notification of licensure, clinical orientation will continue without the restrictions related to licensure.

Q:  What if our school requires that we obtain a certain score on the HESI exam prior to graduation?
A:  You need to complete all requirements of your Nursing program and provide us with a diploma or official documentation on school letterhead.  You should begin studying and taking practice questions as soon as you can to best prepare for the HESI and the NCLEX exams.  You must have completed all of the school requirements before the residency start date or you will not be eligible for the program.

Next cohort
Summer 2017

Applications accepted December 9, 2016 to January 20, 2017

Track Start Dates:
Acute Care /VPH: 
July 17, 2017

Critical Care/WH& Peds:
July 31, 2017

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