Nursing at Penn Medicine

The Nurse Residency Program at Penn Medicine

The Nurse Residency Program at Penn Medicine is a 12-month program designed to support baccalaureate nursing graduates as they transition into their first professional nursing role. The program consists of a series of work and learning experiences that emphasize and develop the clinical and leadership skills necessary for the advanced beginner nurse to become a successful part of the health care team.

The Nurse Residency at Penn Medicine Program participates in the UHC/AAN Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program™ curriculum, which utilizes Patricia Benner's well-known theoretical framework from her book From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice. The program includes an emphasis on:

  • Critical thinking
  • Patient safety and minimizing risk
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Patient- and family-centered care
  • Professional development

Participating nurses receive a full salary and an excellent benefits package, as well as dedicated preceptors and faculty for guidance and support throughout the program.

Eligibility Criteria

Upon hire as a new-to-practice nurse, you will be enrolled into the Nurse Residency at Penn Medicine Program. The curriculum is delivered in addition to nursing orientation. Nurses who meet the following criteria are eligible for Nurse Residency at Penn Medicine:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited institution
  • Valid Pennsylvania RN licensure prior to hire date
  • Willingness to participate in learning seminars over the 12-month program

Postings for nursing positions are available under job opportunities. Please note that there is not a separate application for the Nurse Residency Program.

Program Locations

The Nurse Residency at Penn Medicine Program is available at the following Penn Medicine locations:

January 2, 2015

The Nurse Residency Program at Penn Medicine is seeking initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE will conduct an on-site accreditation visit at Penn Medicine from April 8-10, 2015.

In accordance with the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Programs (2009), the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and CCNE constituencies to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation status. Third-party comments must be signed and must be related to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Programs (2008). Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review the noted nurse residency program.

Written comments from Penn Medicine constituents, including staff, faculty, program participants and/or alumni and academic colleagues will be reviewed by CCNE until 30 days prior to the scheduled site visit.  Please submit comments to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

CCNE Accreditation: Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.