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Graduate Nurse Residency Program in Southern Colorado

Nurse Residency Program at Memorial Hospital - University of Colorado Health

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from nursing school!

Memorial Hospital welcomes you to apply to our Nurse Residency Program. The Nurse Residency Program at Memorial Hospital facilitates transition into the role of professional nurse. We are a proud partner with University of Colorado Health, and are currently working on achieving Magnet Accreditation.

Are you prepared to take that giant step from student to nurse?

You've done it. You just dedicated years to learning how to fulfill your dream—becoming the best nurse possible. What's next? How do you make that all-important transition from student to professional nurse? Through the Memorial Hospital Nurse Residency Program—one of the first Nurse Residency Programs in all of Southern Colorado – that's how!

Memorial Hospital has more than a century of caring behind it. Opened in 1904, the hospital has grown from a small 30-bed community hospital and nursing school to its current state with two hospitals in Colorado Springs – Central and North - for a total of 671 beds, over 4,100 employees, 800 volunteers and 850 physician partners. Memorial is one of the busiest hospitals in Southern Colorado with greater than 25,000 hospital admissions and around 4,600 babies delivered each year. The hospital sees over 135,000 Emergency Department visits annually and is a designated ACS Level II Trauma Center. We are proud to have obtained Chest Pain Center Accreditation, Stroke Center of Excellence Certification and Radiation Oncology Certification through the American College of Radiology.

As a new RN in our Nurse Residency Program, you will receive the education and support necessary to develop the judgment, skill and knowledge you'll need to become the highest caliber nurse - a lofty yet achievable goal. You will be mentored by skilled, highly educated nurses, many of whom were previous Nurse Residents. This invaluable program will enable a clear career path into acute care nursing. In fact, many graduates of this esteemed program have gone on to become charge nurses, nurse leaders, preceptors and more.

There are many more benefits to joining the Memorial team. Colorado Springs is a destination of choice! Colorado offers wide open landscapes, incredible blue skies, clear mountain streams and, of course, the majestic Rocky Mountains – where fishing, camping, skiing and other activities are right outside your door.

As a part of Memorial Hospital's Nurse Residency Program, you will receive a year of post-graduation education comprised of:

  • 8-10 weeks of orientation and precepted experience on the clinical unit of hire
  • Paid specialty courses (part of your 36-hour work week) designed for your specific unit occurring throughout the year
  • Paid monthly Nurse Residency Seminars, providing additional curriculum and mentoring support

Our program is facilitated by expert nurses with special emphasis on:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Research-based practice
  • Patient safety
  • Professional career development

When you successfully complete the program, you can look forward to a second year of employment.

Because new graduate RNs are hired to work on specific inpatient units you must list your top two choices on your application. Availability will change with each cohort. Flexibility with preferences will be a plus in ensuring placement. For a more detailed description of each unit, please look under Unit Descriptions.

  • Pulmonary/Stroke
  • Surgical/Trauma
  • Ortho/Spine
  • Digestive Medicine
  • ICU
  • Oncology
  • Mom/Baby
  • Women's Pavilion
  • Renal Medicine
  • Cardiac
  • Emergency Department
  • Birth Center/LDRP
  • Staffing Services
  • Rehabilitation Patient Care

Successful completion of the NCLEX and a current Colorado nursing license are required before the start date.

The time is now to make the first excellent choice of your professional nursing career.

Perhaps one of our graduates stated it best: "I feel I have learned so many applicable aspects of being a nurse…there are so many things that a textbook cannot teach."

Memorial Hospital's Nurse Residency Program is the transition that will make the critical difference in your career.

The Nurse Residency Program starts three times a year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. Details for applying are listed below. Also refer to the FAQs below for more information about the Nurse Residency Program at Memorial Hospital.

Program Dates and Deadlines

March 16, 2015

  • Application window opens December 1, 2014.

We kindly ask for your patience while we complete this process. Everyone who has applied will receive an update.


Application Information for March 2015 Nurse Residency Program

In order to be considered, all parts of the application must be received online by Human Resources.

For more information, scroll down to the bottom of the page and review the FAQs.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Graduated from an ACEN, CCNE accredited nursing Baccalaureate Degree program (BSN and ADN applicants will be accepted. ADN applicants are required to enroll in school working toward a bachelor's degree within six months and to obtain a BSN within three years).
  • Less than 12 months full-time experience as an RN.
  • In order to be considered for a Nurse Resident position in the Adult Critical Care (ICU), Emergency Department, Birthing Center/LDRP or Mom/Baby, a candidate must have completed either "paid" (CNA, Nurse Intern, EMT, ED Technician, etc.) or a "non-paid" (Senior Practicum, Externship, etc.) position in their area of interest.

Neonatal ICU (NICU), Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU), Pediatric ICU (PICU) experience is not considered adult critical care. See FAQs below for additional information.

Application Requirements

For consideration, all five components listed below must be received electronically and together (with the exception of #5, which may be submitted separately by your clinical instructor) by the Human Resources Department.

The application packet must include:

  • Online Application: submit an online application through our website to job posting #TBD. Your two unit preferences will be determined using the supplemental application.
  • Comprehensive Resume: electronically attach resume, Supplemental Application, Transcripts and any additional application materials to the online application. Cover letters are optional.
  • Supplemental Application: [Download: Word or PDF]: answer all the questions on the Supplemental Application and submit electronically via the online application. Answers should be on a separate document.
  • Unofficial Transcripts: submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts via the online application. Only transcripts from the school where a nursing degree was received are needed.
  • Clinical Evaluation: [Download: Word or PDF]:  have your most recent clinical instructor complete this form and return either by fax, email or mail. Please request evaluations as soon as possible from your clinical instructor.


Submission Options

All documents must be submitted together via the online application with the exception of the Clinical Evaluation. Attach all documents to the online application (i.e. comprehensive resume, supplemental application, unofficial transcript, clinical evaluation).

Prior to applying: Please note that the online application will only allow for one document to be uploaded. Supplemental documents (i.e. comprehensive resume, supplemental application, unofficial transcript, clinical evaluation) will need to be scanned into one PDF attachment or uploaded into one Word attachment. The online application will only accept attachments in Word or PDF format. Ensure when the document is uploaded that it is in one of these printable formats.

Documents must be submitted via the online application and will not be accepted as email attachments or by mail. Also note that once the application has been submitted, changes cannot be made; editing the submitted application is not permitted. Only apply if all the required supplemental documents are ready to be uploaded with your online application.

Clinical Evaluations must be received in HR by Friday, December 12, 2014, 5:00 p.m. MST. If available, attach to your online application. Otherwise, only Clinical Evaluations and/or reference letters may be submitted via:

  • Email Clinical Evaluation to
    Include the applicant's name in the subject line. If you are attaching documents, include the applicant's name on each document.
  • Fax Clinical Evaluation to: (720) 848-6802. Include applicant's name on each page.
  • Mail Clinical Evaluation to:

    Human Resources – Nurse Residency Application
    Leprino Building, Suite 600
    Mail Stop A028
    12401 E. 17th Avenue
    Aurora, CO 80045


Reminders & Tips

  • Due to the number of applications received, HR is unable to confirm receipt of applications.
  • All parts of the application must be submitted together. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Ensure that all supplemental forms are scanned into one Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word printable document, uploaded and submitted with the online application. Documents received in any other format or that are not printable will not be considered.
  • Label each page of the application with your name – including attachments and faxes, where applicable.
  • All application must go through Human Resources. Applications not received in the manner described above will not be considered.
  • Allow ample time to complete the application process.

For additional information, scroll down to the bottom of the page and review the FAQs.

Interviewing Process

After the deadline for submission, applicants are reviewed. A Recruiter will contact selected applicants by email to schedule an interview once the applications are reviewed. This process generally takes approximately four to six weeks.


Offers are contingent upon receiving the following items:

  • Final "official" transcripts from your school with BSN graduation date
  • Current American Heart Association BLS card for 60 days from the program start date
  • Passing post-offer, pre-employment health screen and completion of a hospital background check
  • Successful completion of the NCLEX exam. Candidates for the March 2015 program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX prior to February 13, 2015.
  • Colorado RN licensure or RN licensure from a participating state in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Colorado (or compact state) RN licensure must be verified by March 11, 2015.

Candidates are encouraged to apply for a Colorado license when applying to that the NCLEX. Endorsements from outside Colorado are not recommended due to the extended time for completion.

Nurse Licensure

Colorado State Board of Nursing: or (303) 894-2430

Out of state RN licensure must be from a participating state and follow NLC policies and procedures:

For additional questions on RN licensure, endorsements and/or NCLEX, contact that state's Board of Nursing.

For additional questions, please read through the FAQs below or e-mail them directly to

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Eligibility Questions

How can I tell if the program I graduated (or will graduate) from is an 'accredited' nursing program?

  • Memorial Hospital 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. Many 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.
  • CCNE:
  • ACEN:


I have been a nurse for less than 12 months, am I eligible to apply for the Nurse Residency Program?

  • Yes, licensed RNs with less than 12 months experience may apply to the Memorial Hospital Nurse Residency Program.
  • Registered nurses with more than 12 months experience may apply for positions other than the Nurse Residency program but do not qualify for the Nurse Residency Program.

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 re-submit my application?

  • You must go online and re-submit an online application for each program you would like to be considered for. If you do not want to make any changes or updates to the resume, supplemental application, unofficial transcripts or clinical evaluation that was submitted with your last application, you do not need to re-submit them. Human Resources holds all supplemental applications, unofficial transcripts, and clinical evaluations for six months. Therefore if you applied for the August program and are re-applying for the October program, you only need to apply online again. If you would like to re-submit any updated documents, please do so. 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?

  • A clinical evaluation must be completed by your most recent clinical instructor. This evaluion includes questions regarding academic performance that a preceptor may not be privy to.
  • You may ask your preceptor to submit a clinical evaluation in addition to the one submitted by the 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 the clinical instructor will be able to submit a clinical evaluation by the deadline.
  • If not, please ask the next most recent clinical instructor to complete the evaluation. Please continue to include the 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. Submit these items with the rest of the online application. Additional references are not required.


I attached an application to my online profile and am worried it was not received. How can I confirm receipt of my application?

  • On average, Human Resources receives over 200 applications for the Memorial Nurse Residency Program in addition to hundreds of non-residency applications.  Therefore, we are not able to confirm the receipt of individual emails and attachments.


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 no size limit on attachments. Ensure that the document is uploaded 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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