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Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Programâ„¢

University Health recently received the Strive to Thrive Award from the nursing app, HOLLIBLU. The winning essay was written by a University Health nurse resident who details the positive experiences she receives at UH both professionally and personally. Take a moment to watch the video and read why she loves working at University Health in her own words.

The Nursing Administration at University Health is proud to offer a Nurse Residency Program, which introduces the new graduate to the nursing profession by providing clinical and leadership training and support as the nurse transitions to a full partner on the healthcare team. University Health has partnered with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Programâ„¢ to provide resources to help our new nurses gain confidence and increase competence during this 12-month program. As part of the program, University Health will provide new graduates with support and development in the following ways:

  • Provide a standardized curriculum of classroom and simulation.
  • Monthly seminars and specialty courses designed for your specific unit. Topics to be covered include patient safety, evidence-based practice, procedure specifics, time management techniques, conflict resolution techniques, communication skills, stress management techniques and professional development training.
  • Provide a structured clinical orientation with a preceptor(s) along with consistent preceptor feedback. You will have a preceptor(s) or mentor(s) support person during the Nurse Residency Program.
  • Provide a venue for RN role development as well as nursing survival skills.
  • Provide a setting for relationship building with other new graduates using a cohort model.
  • Monthly meetings with your Nurse Residency coordinator and preceptor for progress reports.
  • Mentorship while completing a facilitated evidence-based practice project.
  • Paid salary and benefits for hours worked while in the Nurse Residency Program.

Program requirements

To be considered for the program, residents should:

  • Hold an associates or bachelor's in nursing science from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Licensed as a registered nurse in Missouri or eligible to take the NCLEX within 90 days of graduation.
  • Be a nurse for less than six months.
  • Commit to the one-year residency program.

Nurses who apply for a specific RN position and have less than six months of experience as a nurse will automatically be placed into the Nurse Residency Program.


  • Nurse Residency Program positions are listed as residency clinical nurse RN.
  • New graduate nurses are hired into all clinical areas, including specialty areas, depending on need.
  • A new cohort starts three times a year.

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