Nurse Residency Program
The ANCC Nationally Accredited Stanford Health Care Nurse Residency Program, as a Vizient recognized program, started in 2006 and has since grown into a meaningful and impactful foundation for newly graduated nurses transitioning into professional clinical practice.

Cohort 40 Updates
Interview Invites will be sent out via e-mail beginning of January 2024
Interview Webinar January 2024

Our program features the following structure:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As a transition to practice program, the goal of the Stanford Health Care Nurse Residency Program is to support the successful transition of newly graduated registered nurses into clinical practice. Our program is thoughtfully designed for highly motivated, determined and dedicated new graduate nurses. The program aspires to develop competent, compassionate, and committed clinical nurses who make a positive impact in the lives of our patients.

  • Immersive Clinical Training: 350+ hours of direct clinical orientation with a trained preceptor utilizing a structured precepting model
  • Application Based Learning: Monthly seminars that foster group learning facilitated by content experts focusing on- Leadership, Quality Outcomes, and Professional Role
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project: With the guidance of a Clinical Nurse Specialist coach, nurse residents identify a clinical problem, conduct a literature search, complete a critical appraisal of the literature, and offer recommendations for practice.
  • Support Structure: Group mentorship, peer support activities and individualized check-in sessions support the successful transition to practice for newly graduated nurses.

Specialties Offered 

Our program hires nurse residents into a variety specialty areas. Participation is dependent on organizational need and subject to change. Below are the areas that participate in the nurse residency program:
Critical Care Trauma/General Surgery
Cardiac Medicine 
Medical Oncology
Inpatient Medicine Units
General Medicine
Advanced Lung Disease
Inpatient Surgical Units 
Orthopedic Surgery
Gynecological Surgery
Ear Nose & Throat/Plastics - Reconstructive Surgery
Trauma Surgery
​​​​​​​Hepatobiliary Surgery
General Surgery

Transplant Surgery
Vascular Surgery
Colorectal Surgery
Urological Surgery 
Cardiac Surgery
Inpatient Oncology  Bone Marrow Transplant 
General Oncology

Additional Specialties 
Adult Emergency Department
Clinical Trials 
Adult Psychiatry
Float Pool 

Recruitment Process

Program Qualifications
    • Must be a graduate of an accredited ASN/ADN, BSN or MSN program.
      • Accredited online programs included.
    • Must have graduated from an accredited nursing program within 18 months from cohort start date.
      • Cohort 40 - September 1, 2022 
      • Cohort 41 - February 1, 2023
      • Must not exceed 6 months full-time hours of paid RN work experience (equivalent 1040 hours)
    • Must hold current Basic Life Support Certification - issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) at time of hire
    • Must hold current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification - issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) at time of hire
    • Must hold current Registered Nurse licensure – issued by the State of California, by the following dates:
      • Cohort 40: February 16,2024
      • Cohort 41: July 12, 2024

    Additional information
    • Interim permits are not accepted
    • Work visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
    Critical Dates
      Cohort 40
      Application Posts: October 30, 2023 - November 12th, 2023
      Interviews: January 29th- February 9th, 2024

      California RN License by: February 16th,2024
      Cohort 40 Start Date: March 18, 2024

      ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cohort 41
      Application Posted: April 1, 2024 - April 14, 2024
      Interviews: June 17th - 28th, 2024

      California RN License by: July 12th, 2024
      Cohort 41 Start Date: August 19, 2024

      ​​​​​​Application Components
        • Cover Letter
        • Current Resume 
        • School of Nursing Transcripts (official or unofficial)
        • Two Clinical Faculty References - Identify two clinical faculty members from your school of nursing to serve as a reference who can speak to your clinical performance. Submit the contact information of these two individuals and inclue their name, school affiliation, and email and/or phone number. Do not ask them for letters of recommendation. 
        • Complete application questions - please answer the following questions within the electronic application (this is not a separate attachement):
          • Tell us about a time during your clinical rotation when you experienced a caring moment with a patient. How did this moment affect the patient’s outcome and how has it changed your clinical practice?
          • Tell us about a time you had an error in judgement (can be personally, professionally or academically). What happened? What did you learn from this experience? How has this experience shaped you into the nursing professional that you are today?
          • Tell us about a time you provided service to a community (examples: assisted a neighbor in need, volunteered at a homeless shelter, coached a youth sports team). What type of service did you provide? How has serving a community prepared you for a profession that is committed to compassionate service?
          • Successful completion of a nursing program requires hard work, persistence, dedication and resilience. Share with us what initially motivated you to pursue a career in nursing? What goals did you set for yourself? What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve those goals?

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