Nurse Residency Program (New Grads)

Psychiatric Health

About the Psychiatric Track

The Psychicatric Track is for new nursing graduates who want to specialize in psychiatric nursing. The program is designed to nurture the new graduate RN in the transition from student to professional RN, and it provides specific tools and experiences needed to begin a successful career. Once hired into the program as a full-time (32-hours a week) employee, the first few weeks are spent in a combination of classroom and clinical experiences.

 For more information about the Vanderbilt Psychiatric hospital, please visit their website by clicking ***here***.

Patient population in the Psychiactric Track may include:


Placement in a Home Unit

After orientation to Vanderbilt and its systems, nurse residents are placed in available positions in the adult medicine clinical areas. The placements are determined by a collaborative decision made by residency program leaders and unit management. After placement, residents experience a focused orientation in their clincial areas and will work with unit-based preceptors.

Support is a key element in strengthening self-assurance. Throughout the residents' first year of practice, they are requried to attend Nurse Residency workshops, which support and encourage both clinical and professional growth.

Nurse Residency Eligibility and Application Deadlines

  • Graduate Nurse
  • Professional RN with less than 6 months of professional nursing experience at the time of application.
  • ***Click here*** for application deadlines for the next Nurse Residency Program Cohort.

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