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Nurse Residency Program

New graduate nurses should not start their professional journey alone. Here at Rush, our Nurse Residency Program supports the new baccalaureate or master’s-prepared graduate throughout the first six months of clinical practice, beyond orientation. 

The goal is to support our new graduate hires’ professional transition from the life of a nursing student to that of a competent, professional nurse.

Participation during six months of residency meetings is part of new graduate nurses’ regular work assignment. Nursing leadership supports this participation. Expert nurses lead residency activities, emphasizing topics that integrate real-world experience with the application of evidence-based practice. Topics include the following:

  • Patient safety
  • Critical thinking
  • Communicating care
  • Leadership skills
  • Stress management
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Professional career development

Minimum requirements for new graduates hired into the Nurse Residency Program include the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or master’s degree in nursing
  • Illinois RN license
  • Full-time employment
  • No prior work experience as a registered nurse

There is no separate application for the Nurse Residency Program.  All new graduate nurses hired by Rush who meet the criteria above are automatically enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program.

New graduates are hired on a monthly basis for specific units. After completing unit orientation with a preceptor, you will begin attending nurse residency meetings.

Apply online for RN I positions at http://www.jobsatrush.com/.

For more information about the Rush Nurse Residency Program, contact ProfessionalNursing_Practice@rush.edu.