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Nurse Residency Program (New Grads)

Q:  If hired into the Nurse Residency program, what shifts and/or hours will I work?
A:  The total hours worked each week will range from 36 – 40 hours per week in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carrol Jr. Children's Hospital, and 32 hours at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. There will be some variation of numbers of hours per day and number of days per week during the first weeks. However, you will not work more than 40 hours in a week and not more than 12 hours in one day.  You are required to work full-time during the first year of the Nurse Residency Program.

After you are placed in a unit, you will primarily work 12-hour shifts during unit orientation, with the exception of designated days for classroom or simulated lab instruction.  There are regularly scheduled education sessions that all nurse residents are expected to attend during their first year of employment.


Q:  If I am hired into the Nurse Residency Program, will I be paid and eligible for benefits?
A:  Yes.  Nurse Residents are considered full-time employees and are eligible to receive benefits and vacation, sick, and paid holidays after the accrual period.
Detailed information regarding benefits for Vanderbilt Medical Center employees can be reviewed at http://hr.vanderbilt.edu


Q:  Will I be able to take time off to prepare for and/or take the NCLEX exam? 
A:  Preparation for the NCLEX should be ongoing while you are in school.  We will ensure that you have the day off when you are scheduled to test (as well as the night before if you are working a night-shift schedule).  We will not grant any additional leave time to prepare for the exam. In fact, we strongly urge you to test prior to starting your position.


Q:  Can I take a personal leave while in the Nurse Residency Program?
A:  You may not take personal leave during the first few weeks or during any unit-specified orientation.


Q:  Do you offer shift and weekend differentials in the Nurse Residency program?
A:  Yes. Shift differentials are offered for evening, night, and weekends.  There are also pay differentials depending on area of care that are offered once the Nurse Resident is permanently placed in a home unit.


Q:  After being placed in a specific unit, what shift will I work?
A:  In general, newly hired nurses are placed on the night shift.  Depending on the staffing needs of the unit, there may be day shift opportunities available.


Q:  Will I be able to attend school during the Nurse Residency Program?
A:  We strongly discourage residents from attending school during the first year of the Nurse Residency. You are orienting to a new career and are required to work full-time during the first year. Full-time is considered 36-40-hours-per-week at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Monroe Carrol Jr. Children's Hospital, 32 hours-per-week at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital.

 

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