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UCHealth Nurse Residency Programs

Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ at UCHealth


The Nurse Residency Program at University of Colorado Hospital began in 2002 with a partnership with the University of Colorado College of Nursing (CU-CON).  The employee-based Nurse Residency Program at University of Colorado Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). The accreditation status was awarded in 2009 and 2014, making it one of the first nationally accredited nurse residency programs in the United States.

In 2012, University of Colorado Hospital entered into a joint operating agreement with Poudre Valley Health System and Memorial Health System to form University of Colorado Health (UCHealth).  As of 2015, nurse residency programs in all regions have aligned and are structured according to the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™.

Mission statement

Through a shared mission, UCHealth and our partnering academic nursing program(s) seek to improve the safety and quality of patient care by providing excellent education and support to the new graduate nurse transitioning into professional practice. Our Nurse Residency Programs are designed to promote the development of competent nurses able to demonstrate leadership in providing patient and family centered care based on evidence and reflecting the values of a magnet hospital environment.

Program goals

  • Transition from entry-level advanced beginner to competent professional nurse in the clinical environment.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  • Develop strategies to incorporate research-based and other evidence into practice.
  • Implement clinical leadership skills at the point of patient care.
  • Practice collaboratively as members of the interprofessional healthcare team.
  • Formulate an individual career plan that promotes a life-long commitment to professional nursing.


Over the past 14 years, there have been over 1700 graduates of the Nurse Residency Program with an average annual retention rate for first-year nurses at 95%. 100% of nurse residents have credentialed to a Level II Competent Clinical Nurse as outlined in the UCHealth Professional Practice Standards. Our nurse residents have developed hundreds of evidence-based practice projects, which have improved clinical practice throughout the hospitals. Several projects have been selected as poster or podium presentations across the state and nation.

Organizational impact

The region coordinators are meeting monthly to standardize and streamline the Nurse Residency Program in order to seek CCNE accreditation in 2019 as a system.

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