New Grad Residency Program

This transition-to-practice program is for the new graduate registered nurse (RN). Since its inception in 2011, the goal of the program has been to move the new graduate RN from the novice new nurse to the confident, competent, well-equipped nurse within their specialty. New grads are able to grow into their nursing career with support from Rush Copley’s START Program, a residency program for new graduate nurses. Benefits include a welcoming environment, specialized education and training, a dedicated mentor and more to help grads make the transition from student to professional nurse. New Graduate RN Residency Program Our New Graduate RN Residency Program is a 40-week training and development program for new registered nurse (RN) graduates. The year-long program combines didactic classes during the first 10 weeks, evidence-based practice projects culminating in poster presentations at month six or seven, and focused classes for the second half of the residency year. The program concludes with a graduation celebration. The goals of the program are to.

WakeMed's Clinical Nurse Residency is a one-year program that offers clinical and educational activities to facilitate professional development and personal growth for the new nurse graduate. The educationally-rich and emotionally-supportive environment provides nursing practice in collaboration with experienced preceptors. WakeMed is proud to report an average one-year post-hire retention rate of 90 percent (national average ranges from 35-65 percent).

The Program Offers

  • Nursing orientation and skills development
  • Clinical workshops
  • Classes and continuing education
  • A supportive environment specifically designed for the new nurse
  • Specially-trained nurse preceptors who provide mentoring and guidance

Program Overview

Phase One: Structured programming that combines educational content, personalized clinical orientation and emotional support, allowing you to integrate theory with the skills required to deliver outstanding and compassionate patient care.

Phase Two: Ongoing support sessions to maximize individual growth, providing you with the one-on-one personal guidance that will allow for a smooth transition into the work environment.

Clinical Nurse Residents are hired into a cohort twice a year.

Hear from Our Nurse Residents

The Clinical Nurse Residency helped ease my transition from a meek, new graduate nurse into the confident and proficient nurse I am today.


The program also provided a safe and accepting environment for talking about concerns that people are often reluctant to express. Building relationships with other nurse residents and meeting leaders and educators at WakeMed was very helpful.

The program coordinator became a mentor to me, and I learned work-life balance and about how to cope with grief after losing a patient. I would tell anyone applying for the program that they will be so glad they did it – I am a much better nurse because of my Nurse Residency experience!

Nykiya L., BSN

1D Clinical Evaluation Area
Nurse Fellow Class of 2012

The Clinical Nurse Residency program gave me the foundation I needed to be successful, and the support I needed to get through my first year. We reviewed a lot of case studies in our classes, and I have applied what I learned from those case studies in several clinical situations.

I think overall the experience helped me transition from a nursing student to a clinical nurse, and gave me the skills and confidence I needed to provide outstanding patient care. Also, I made great friendships that still exist today.

Participating in the WakeMed Nurse Residency program was the best decision of my nursing career, and I know that new nurse residents will be so glad they did it.

Joshua M., RN, BSN, CCRN

RRT/Code Blue/CV Response RN
Nurse Fellow Class of 2012

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How to Apply:

  1. To apply, click here.
  2. Click 'Browse Jobs.'
  3. Type “New Grad Nurse Residency” in the Keyword box and select UC Davis Health for 'Location.'
  4. Click 'View full job description at UC Davis Health.'
  5. Click 'Apply' at the bottom the job posting.

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Application Requirements:

  1. Completed on-line application
  2. Cover letter (Address to: Nurse Recruitment)
  3. Resume
    1. Education– School Name, Location of School, Type of Program, Month/Year Completed
    2. Senior Preceptorship – Hospital Name, Department/Unit, Total Number of HOURS and Length of Time Frame (Month/Year Completed)
    3. Clinical Rotations - Hospital Name, Department/Unit, Total Number of HOURS and Length of Time Frame (Month/Year Completed)
  4. Unofficial transcripts

***(Cover letter, resume and unofficial transcripts will need to be submitted as one document under resume upload only - PDF preferred)

NOTE: Please document on your resume any Internships, Externships, Volunteer, Leadership role, Community Services or Activities related to nursing that have contributed to your professional growth.

Example of How to List your Experience:

Type of Experience

Approximate DatesTotal HoursName of Hospital and/or InstitutionName of Department or Department Description

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March 2011 - May 2011180 hoursA HospitalTrauma ICU
Clinical RotationJanuary 2011 - February 2011110 hoursB HospitalMed Surg
Clinical RotationDecember 201090 hoursC HospitalPICU
Clinical RotationNovember 201090 hoursD HospitalLabor & Delivery/Post-Partum
Volunteer (after graduation)June 2011 - August 2011200 hoursXX HospitalPEDS