For Nurses and Advanced Practice

The Nurse Residency Program at Penn Medicine is a twelve-month program designed to support nursing school 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 Program at Penn Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and participates in the Vizient/AACN 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.

Postings for nursing positions are available under Career Opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

Upon hire as a new-to-practice nurse, you will be automatically 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:

  • First nursing role
  • Graduated from a prelicensure nursing program that is accredited
  • Valid RN licensure in the state of employment
  • Willingness to participate in learning seminars over the twelve-month program

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:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)
  • Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)
  • Good Shepherd Penn Partners
  • Chester County Hospital
  • Lancaster General Health
  • Princeton Medical Center

The employee-based nurse residency program at Penn Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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