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Graduate Nurse Residency Program at MCR/PVH

Program overview

Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado offer a Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program

2015 program dates

Feb. 16, 2015
  • Application window will run from
    Dec. 1 - 5 p.m. MST Dec. 12
July 20, 2015
  • Application window will run from
    May 4 - 5 p.m. MST May 15
Oct. 26, 2015
  • Application window will run from
    Aug. 3 - 5 p.m. MST Aug. 14

Important Documents

We value education and clinical excellence, providing a supportive residency for our BSN graduate nurses. Our nurse-to-patient ratios reflect a caring and quality framework to ensure best practices for patient safety and excellent care.

Nurses have an opportunity for career development through our active and extensive education and evidence-based practice research programs.

Designed with input from our graduate nurses, our one-year graduate nurse residency program is structured to provide the critical elements important for a successful transition into professional nursing practice.

Program highlights

  • Choice of entry into clinical areas, including: emergency department, intensive care, specialty units, women and infants, medical, surgical, post-trauma, orthopedics and neurosciences.
  • Formal orientation program with guided clinical experiences by competent, trained preceptors.
  • Program and unit oversight by clinical nurse specialists/clinical nurse educators.
  • Essential classes for practice: telemetry, critical care and others by specialty.
  • A positive professional environment with opportunities for collaborative, collegial relations with all disciplines.


Eligibility Questions

How can I tell if the program I graduated (or will graduate) from is an 'accredited nursing baccalaureate program'?
th requires all nurses to have graduated from a program accredited either by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.); formerly NLNAC. Most programs have both CCNE and ACEN accreditations. The minimum requirement is that the program has, at least, one of the two accreditations.
To determine if your program is accredited, please check on the CCNE or ACEN databases.

I obtained a BSN from an ADN-BSN or LPN-BSN program. Am I eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program?
No, unfortunately, only graduates from a traditional BSN program or from an accelerated BSN program are eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program. Associated Degrees in Nursing (ADN)-to-BSN programs and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)-to-BSN graduates are not eligible for the Residency Program. If you graduated from an accredited ADN-BSN or LPN-BSN program, you are eligible to apply for one of the Hospital's experienced nursing positions after one year of registered nursing experience.
Accelerated BSN graduates from accredited programs are eligible to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program.

I will be graduating with a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) next year, but have already passed the NCLEX exam and obtained my RN license this year; am I eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program?
No, you would not be eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program if you have not graduated yet even if you have your RN license.

I graduated  more than 6 months ago from the start date of the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program I would like to apply for. Am I eligible? 
No, unfortunately, you must have graduated within six months from the start date of the program you are applying to. This usually means you are eligible for the next two programs - for example, a May graduate would be eligible to apply for the July program and for the October program but not the following February program. Even if you had not been working as a nurse, you must have graduated within six months of the program start date.

Occasionally and with committee approval, we are able to consider applicants who fall outside the six month window if they are able to provide documentation of:

  Required military obligations
  Personal, unforeseen, medical emergencies

We are not able to consider applicants who are requesting a hardship exception because of:

  Inability to find a job
  Inability to obtain a RN licensure
  Travel or missionary work

If you believe you may be eligible for a 'hardship exception', please follow these instructions:
1. Apply for the program following posted requirements and deadlines.
2. With your application, provide a written statement detailing your hardship.
3. After the application deadline, you will be notified if your hardship exception was approved via email. All decisions will be final.

I will graduate or I currently reside outside of Colorado. Am I eligible for the program?
Yes, out-of-state candidates are eligible for the program if they meet the other eligibility requirements. No preference is extended to Colorado candidates. A significant percentage of program participants are out-of-state residents at the time of offer.
Out-of-state applicants are highly encouraged to apply for Colorado licensure at the time of their NCLEX. Applicants can sit for the NCLEX in any state. Applying for Colorado endorsements after being issued an out-of-state licensure will take an additional month after receiving your initial licensure. All offers are contingent on verification of Colorado (or NLC licensure). Offers have been withdrawn due to lack of licensure to practice in Colorado by the start date.
For more information or questions on the NCLEX, Colorado endorsement process, NLC licensure, or other licensure questions, please contact the Colorado Board of Nursing.

Application Questions
I applied for the last program. Do I need to resubmit my application?
You must go online and resubmit an online application for each program you would like to be considered for. Therefore if you applied for the July program and are reapplying for the October program, you will need to apply online again.  We will only use the most current submissions.

My preceptor spends more time with me than my clinical instructor. Who should complete my clinical evaluation?
Your clinical evaluation must be completed by your most recent clinical instructor. This evaluation includes questions regarding your academic performance that your preceptor may not be privy to.
You may ask your preceptor to submit a clinical evaluation in addition to the one submitted by your clinical instructor.

My senior practicum (or capstone) just began (or has not begun) and my clinical instructor cannot complete a clinical evaluation yet; what should I do?
Hopefully your clinical instructor will be able to submit your clinical evaluation by the deadline.
If not, please ask your next most recent clinical instructor to complete the evaluation. Please continue to include your last clinical instructor's contact information on the supplemental application so we may contact him or her for a professional reference.

I have additional references and clinical evaluations I would like to include with my applications. Can I do this?
Yes, you may submit these items with the rest of your online application. Additional references are not required.

I attached my application to my online profile and am worried it was not received. How can I confirm you received all of my application?
Unfortunately, we are not able to confirm the receipt of individual emails and attachments. On average, Human Resources receives over 100 applications for the Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program in addition to hundreds of non-Residency applications. Therefore, we are not able to confirm receipt of each email or attachment.

The applicant tracking system only allows for me to upload one document.  How do I upload my resume, supplemental application, and unofficial transcripts?
Documents will need to either be scanned into an Adobe PDF file or scanned into a Microsoft Word document.  There is a size limit of 2 MB with attachments.  Please ensure that the document you upload is in a printable format.  Specifically, if you choose to upload a Microsoft Word document, copying and pasting information may change the formatting of your original document.



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