The Nurse Residency Program The Nurse Residency program at WVU Healthcare is a transition-to-practice program for the new baccalaureate prepared graduate nurse throughout the first year in their professional role. Newly hired BSN prepared graduate nurses at WVU Hospitals will participate in the Nurse Residency Program. This evidence-based program is designed to support the new nurses' journey from novice to a competent member of our healthcare team. This is accomplished through a variety of interactive presentations, small group activities and hands-on experience led by clinical experts within the organization and our academic partners at the WVU School of Nursing. Frequently Asked Questions Who participates in the Nurse Residency Program? Our Nurse Residency Program is a one year program designed for all new graduates of an accredited BSN program to facilitate the transition into professional practice. What is included in the program? We are a leading academic medical center and our nursing staff treats complex cases and provides specialized care not offered at other local facilities. Our program provides educational opportunities to promote critical thinking, leadership and professional development. Our program is overlaid on the top of unit-based orientation and is directed toward improving patient outcomes through evidence-based care. Monthly educational workshops allow residents to enhance their professional development beyond nursing school by completing an evidence-based group project and encouraging networking with other new nurses throughout the organization. What is the commitment? WVU Healthcare is committed to nursing professional development and is dedicated to life-long learning. Each monthly session is approximately three hours in length and is overlaid on top of unit-based orientation and unit-based education. These workshops are part of scheduled work hours and they are paid educational time. How often is the program offered? The Nurse Residency Program is currently offered two times a year to coincide with graduation dates. There is no maximum number of residents in each class. Additional information and a schedule for the program are provided during the programs orientation event. How do I apply? Because all new BSN prepared graduate nurses are automatically entered into the nursing residency program, new graduates are enrolled upon hire if the hire date falls in the weeks before the beginning of a new cohort. Click to apply for a staff nurse position and follow the normal application process. If you have questions about this process, contact the Human Resources Department of WVU Healthcare at 304-598-4075.