Nurse Residency Program

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Nurse Residency Program

Graduating soon? Apply today for Grady’s Nurse Residency Program. Our Nurse Residency Cohorts learn in our new simulation/education center alongside experienced preceptors. We’ll help you grow your skills, focusing on evidence-based practice, communication, critical thinking, and patient outcomes

The Nurse Residency Program is designed to support new graduates hired at Grady as they transition from graduate or advanced beginner to competent professional in a culturally responsive environment.

Grady’s Nurse Residency Program is held frequently throughout the year to match the graduating and NCLEX testing requirements of nursing school graduates. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply early, as positions are limited. Applications and interviews are held 3-4 months ahead of each cohort. Please check our career website or this page for the most up-to-date information.

This formal, structured, new graduate program is part of the Vizient /American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program. The program content is built on an evidence-based curriculum and is highly interactive and supportive. Grady Nurse Leaders mentor and guide new graduates in mastering the challenges of changes in the healthcare delivery system, advances in treatment and technologies, and increasing patient acuity.

Grady’s Nurse Residency Program builds upon previous undergraduate nursing education and clinical competencies. The program consists of a series of in and out of the classroom learning and work experiences designed to assist the new graduate nurse in the transition to their first professional role and become leaders at the patient’s bedside. The core curriculum topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Patient Outcomes
  • Professional Role and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking


  • Graduate of an Accredited Nursing School (BSN Preferred)
  • Unrestricted Georgia RN Licensed at time of employment start date
  • Registered Nurse with less than one year of in-hospital experience at employment start date
  • Foreign nurses newly licensed in the United States


  • 12-month contractual Nurse Residency Program Service Agreement
  • Fulfill all requirements of the Nurse Residency Program
  • Ability to work full-time orientation schedule
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How often is the Nurse Residency Program held?

Five to six times a year. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply early, as positions are limited. Applications and interviews are held 3-4 months ahead of each cohort. Please check our career website or this page for the most up-to-date information.

Is there a service commitment associated with the RN Residency Program?

Program participants are asked to commit to working at Grady for 12 months

How can I contact the recruiter for an update?

To check the status your application, go to the Grady Careers site and log in. Here you may view the status of your resume submission and the current status of the position you have applied to.

Are all newly licensed nurses who are hired at Grady accepted into the program?

All registered nurses with an associate degree or higher and less than 12 months of in-hospital practice experience as a registered nurse who are hired to a scheduled full-time position are hired as a Nurse Resident.


What are the benefits of being in the nurse residency program versus a typical orientation program?

The typical orientation focuses on technical skills and department and hospital policies and procedures and varies in length from six weeks or more.

The focus of the residency program is broader and includes the traditional orientation period plus a focus on transition from the nursing student role to the professional nurse role.

The goal of a Nurse Residency Program is to provide more support over a longer period. This facilitates the successful transition for new graduates from advanced beginners to competent practitioners. The program includes professional development and opportunities to meet with leaders throughout the organization

How is a nursing residency program orientation different from the regular orientation?

The Nurse Residency Program incorporates the existing hospital orientation and department orientation but adds content and activities that facilitate the acquisition of skills needed for the role of the professional nurse in addition to the technical and clinical skills, which is the focus of the existing orientation.

The residency program is spread over the first 12 months of employment to ensure stronger support for transition from the new student role to the practice role.

How many hours per week are I expected to work?

During the orientation period, you will be expected to work 40 hours a week. At a minimum, the first 2 weeks will be Monday-Friday for 8 hours each day.

What will my schedule be like during the residency?

After the initial orientation and Nurse Residency Program schedule, you will work as much as possible on the same schedule as your preceptor and additional Nurse Resident requirements for a total of no more than 40 hours weekly.

Once orientation to the department is complete, you will move into the regularly scheduled pattern of shifts for your position while fulfilling the residency program requirements.

I am from out of state, how long does it take to get a Georgia Nursing License?

Contact the Georgia Board of Nursing at (478) 207-2440.

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