At University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus)
Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Nurse Residency program
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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?
Our nationally-accredited Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program is the transition that will make the critical difference in your career.
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is currently ranked the #1 Hospital in Colorado and the Denver metro area by US News & World Report. Additionally, the Anschutz Medical Campus is proud to host the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ which has a Magnet and teaching-hospital status, double-accreditation (CCNE), university-affiliation, and is one of the longest-running, top-performing, and results-driven residency programs in the United States today.
We absolutely want the best for your career path in nursing and encourage you to compare UCHealth to other residency program competitors at glassdoor.com. Also, if you are considering other residency programs, please be sure to inquire if they are accredited, guarantee paid employment after acceptance, and offer at least one year of evidence- and curriculum-based learning.
As a newly graduated 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 goal – yet a very achievable one – our Magnet status guarantees you will be mentored by the best, most highly educated nurses in Colorado and the country. 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 educators, preceptors and more.
Enrollees in our program receive a year of post-baccalaureate education, comprised of:
- 10-24 weeks of orientation & precepted experience on the clinical unit of hire. Length of orientation varies based on unit specifics.
- 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 Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency is facilitated by UCHealth’s expert registered nurses with program goal emphasis on:
- 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
- Develop clinical leadership skills at the point of patient care
- Practice collaboratively as members of the inter-professional healthcare team
- Formulate an individual career plan that promotes a life-long commitment to professional nursing
When you successfully complete the program, you can look forward to a second year of pursuing your nursing passion through continued employment at our nationally-recognized, Magnet status hospital.
2019-20 Program dates and milestones
To be considered, all parts of the metro Denver Nurse Residency application packet must be received online by the application deadline.
- View/download the application troubleshooting guide
- See our FAQs for additional questions and answers.
The Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program at University of Colorado Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/).
UCH’s Nurse Graduate Residency Program partners with University of Colorado’s College of Nursing