Graduate Nurse Residency Program at UCHealthCongratulations on your upcoming graduation from nursing school!

Are you prepared to take that giant step from student to professional nurse? The Nurse Residency Program at Memorial Hospital is designed to help facilitate your transition into your first role as a professional nurse.

As a new RN in our Nurse Residency Program, you will participate in a one-year program that is designed to provide necessary support while you continue to gain knowledge and leadership skills. This program has proven to provide a strong foundation for your nursing career. Many of our graduates are now preceptors, charge nurses, team leads and clinical managers.

Nurse Residency Program highlights

  • General hospital orientation to gain insight on our culture and our focus on patient safety
  • Variety of skill-based, hands-on activities to prepare for unit orientation
  • Extensive structured orientation guided by formally trained preceptors
  • Monthly residency support sessions to ease the transition to a professional role
  • Meetings with hospital experts to learn about topics related to patient outcomes, leadership and professional development
  • Small group sessions led by clinical experts to provide tailored education specific to your unit or service line

2019 Program dates/deadlines

February 18, 2019
  • Application window opens Monday October 29, 2018
  • Application window closes Friday November 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. MST
  • Candidates for this program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start date. A Colorado RN license or multi-state eNLC compact RN license will be required by the start date.
July 22, 2019
  • Application window opens Monday April 8, 2019
  • Application window closes Friday April 26, 2019 at 5 p.m. MST
  • Candidates for this program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start date. A Colorado RN license or multi-state eNLC compact RN license will be required by the start date.
October 28, 2019
  • Application window opens Monday July 8, 2019
  • Application window closes Friday July 26, 2019 at 5 p.m. MST
  • Candidates for this program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start date. A Colorado RN license or multi-state eNLC compact RN license will be required by the start date.

Application information

To be considered, all parts of the application must be received online by the application deadline.

General information

As part of our Nurse Residency Program, you will receive a year of education, comprised of:

  • 12-24 weeks of orientation & 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 & 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 at our award-winning, Magnet hospitals.

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 in your preferences will be a plus in ensuring placement. For a more detailed description of each unit, please look under the “Nursing Unit Descriptions” tab.

Successful completion of the NCLEX and a current Colorado or multi-state eNLC compact RN license are required before the start date.

Our Nurse Residency Program is the transition that will make the critical difference in your career.

The Nurse Residency Program starts three times a year: February, July and October.

Applicant eligibility
  • Graduated from an ACEN or CCNE accredited BSN or ADN program. ADN graduates are required to obtain a BSN within three years of their hire date.
  • Graduated within the past 12 months from the program start date.
  • Must be seeking first nursing role since graduation.
  • In order to be considered for a Nurse Resident position in the Emergency Department, a candidate must have completed either a “paid” (CNA, Nurse Intern, EMT, ED Technician, etc.) or a “non-paid” (Senior Practicum, Externship, etc.) position in the ED.
  • In order to be considered for a Nurse Resident position in Peds, PICU, or NICU, please see the following link:http://www.childrenscolorado.org/about/careers/nursing/residency-program

See FAQs below for additional information.

Application requirements

Please apply online for the RN graduate position at https://careers.uchealth.org, or access the application through the link at the bottom of this page.

  1. The first step will be to upload the required supplemental document (see below for more information on the supplemental document). You will see a red box at the top of the first page of the application, where it allows you to upload a resume. This is where you will attach your supplemental document.
  2. Once you have uploaded your supplemental document, proceed with the application below. Ensure that required information, education, and work history are accurate and up-to-date. The email and phone number you list will be the primary means of communication for program updates.

Supplemental document (required):  This single PDF or MS Word document must be in the order described below and will be comprised of the following pages:

  • Page 1 – Supplemental Application (MS Word file). Please answer ALL the questions on the supplemental application.
  • Page 2 – Cover letter
  • Page 3 – Comprehensive resume
  • Page 4 – Letter of Recommendation
  • Page 5+ – Nursing school unofficial transcripts

**Please ensure that when the document is uploaded, it is in a printable format. Only apply if you truly have all pages of your document ready to upload. Incomplete applications will not be further considered**

Once your multi-step application document is verified to meet all of the above criteria by Human Resources, you will receive an electronic reference-check to the email associated with your applicant profile from a company called SkillSurvey. Please respond to this request at your earliest convenience.

Please email recruiter Julie Willis with any application complications: julie.willis@uchealth.org

Interviewing process
Applications will be reviewed after the submission deadline. A recruiter will contact selected applicants by email to schedule an interview. Applicants will not be contacted for an interview until after the application closing deadline.

All candidates selected for an interview are required to interview in-person with the selection team at their own expense. All candidates who apply will be notified by email once the positions have been filled. For additional questions, please read through the FAQ tab.

Offers

Offers are contingent and are not considered official until the following items are received:

  • Final, “official” transcripts from your school with BSN or ADN graduation date
  • Current American Heart Association BLS card. Card must be current for 60 days from the program start date.
  • Passing a post-offer, pre-employment health screen and completion of Hospital background check
  • Successful completion of the NCLEX exam. Candidates are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to the program start date.
  • Colorado or multi-state eNLC compact RN license
Nurse licensure

Colorado State Board of Nursing: http://www.dora.state.co.us/nursing/ or (303) 894-2430

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 the Colorado or multi-state eNLC compact RN license. Offers have been withdrawn due to lack of licensure to practice in Colorado by the start date.

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

I graduated more than 12 months ago from the start date of the Nurse Residency Program I would like to apply for. Am I eligible?

No, unfortunately, you must have graduated within 12 months from the start date of the program to which you are applying. Even if you had not been working as a nurse, you must have graduated within 12 months of the program start date.

Occasionally and with committee approval, we are able to consider applicants who fall outside the 12-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 request a hardship exception because of:

  • Inability to find a job
  • Inability to obtain RN licensure
  • Travel or missionary work
  • Relocation
  • Foreseen personal and medical reasons

If you believe you may be eligible for a “hardship exception,” please follow these instructions:

  • Apply for the program that you are currently eligible for following posted requirements and deadlines. Example: If you graduated in December, you would submit your hardship for the February cohort. Hardships submitted after the cohort you are currently eligible for will not be further considered.
  • With your application, provide a written statement detailing your hardship.
  • 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 multi-state eNLC compact RN license. 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.

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 for which you’d like to be considered.
Memorial - UCHealth Nursing Unit Descriptions

ACUTE CARE SERVICES

Neuroscience 5C

Neuroscience is a 24-bed unit with all private rooms for our patients. The department specializes in acute stroke, TIA, seizure, epilepsy, and all Neurological related issues. They also care for neurosurgical patients, including post-operative bur hole management, deep brain stimulators, and other neurological procedures. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:5 (days) and 1:5-6 (nights), with a dedicated Charge Nurse, Patient Care Tech support, and a daytime Unit Secretary. The staff work 12-hour shifts with holiday and weekend requirements and are offered self-scheduling.

Medical Unit 5 North

This is a 26-bed unit specialized to care for patients with medical disorders, hypertension, acute renal disease or ESRD as well as diabetes and heart disease. There is also a 5-bed inpatient dialysis unit on this floor staffed by contract employees. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4 (days) and 1:5-6 (nights). Nursing Assistants are staffed each shift as part of the unit’s care team model. All nurses are certified in continuous abdominal peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) after hire. The staff work 12-hour shifts, have set holidays that rotate yearly, and are offered self-scheduling.

Surgical Trauma 65

Surgical Trauma is a 24-bed unit caring for both general surgical and trauma patients. Patients include abdominal, urological, thyroid, and ENT surgeries. The trauma population includes multi-trauma injured patients, ranging from TBI to orthopedic injuries. Memorial Hospital Central is a Level II Trauma hospital. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4-5 (days) and 1:5-6 (nights). Patient Care Technicians assist the RNs with the care of the patients.

Ortho-Spine 6N

Ortho-Spine is a 29-bed unit, with a 11-bed extension unit. It has a very diverse population of surgical patients, which includes primary and revision joint replacement procedures, spine surgeries, orthopedic trauma patients, and a small population of bariatric surgeries. All beds have monitoring capabilities for post-operative sleep apnea. This is a busy turnover unit as the average patient length of stay is 2.8 days. Typical RN to patient ratio is 1:4-5 (days) and 1:5-6 (nights).

Medical Surgical 6C & 1W

Medical Surgical is a 25- and 12-bed unit with a very diverse population of medical-surgical patients. Services provided include (but are not limited to): COPD, asthma, pneumonia, DVT prevention and treatment, hypoxia, diabetes, HTN, infectious disease, surgical urology patients, adult general surgery patients, wound care, and telemetry monitoring. The majority of patients experience a multiplicity of issues requiring multiple levels of care ranging from general to intermediate level. Typical RN to patient ratio is 1:5-6. Patient Care Techs are assigned to the nurses and are delegated to according to the nurse practice act.

This unit is a dynamic and fast-paced environment rich with opportunity for learning. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach to patient care that encourages team work between physicians, nursing staff, therapy staff, social work and a variety of other consulting disciplines to provide the most comprehensive care for our patients.

The heartbeat of our Adult Medical Surgical unit is teamwork for the sake of holistic patient-centered care and a healthy work environment that allows our staff to thrive and grow both personally and professionally.

Medical Surgical North

MSN is a 48-bed unit split into four-pods with all private rooms located on the Memorial North campus. There is a diverse population of medical/surgical patients, which includes orthopedic patients, gynecological surgery patients, cardiac patients, trauma patients, and general medical patients. Typical RN to patient ratio is typically 1:5 on days and 1:6 on nights. Patient Care Techs are assigned to the nurses and are delegated to according to the nurse practice act. The staff work 12-hour shifts, have set holidays that rotate yearly, and are offered self-scheduling.

Staffing Services

This is the float pool for Memorial – UCHealth. This department provides nursing care services for multiple adult inpatient units. Nurse residents are trained to float between all adult inpatient medical/surgical units within the southern region of UCHealth. The float pool staff assists units in filling open shifts for same-day and pre-booked positions. Nurse residents work closely with a float pool preceptor and supervisor to ensure success in the nurse residency program, giving the nurse resident a strong and well-rounded beginning to their nursing career.

ONCOLOGY SERVICE LINE

Inpatient Oncology Unit

This 19-bed unit specializes in the care of hematology-oncology patients with a multidisciplinary approach. The patient population on the unit includes patients receiving active chemotherapy treatment, radiation oncology patients that need I-131, and medical overflow patients. Nursing staff are chemotherapy and biotherapy certified providing the highest nursing care to the oncology patient. The typical nurse to patient ratio is 1:4-5 on days and 1:4-5 on nights.

REHAB SERVICE LINE

Rehab Patient Care Unit

The Rehab Patient Care Unit, or “RPCU,” is an acute care rehab unit at Memorial Hospital. This 22-bed unit specializes in the rehabilitation of patients. The nurses and therapists work together to strive for the patient’s independence. The population includes post-stroke, head injury, motor vehicle accidents, joint replacement and/or orthopedic patients. The typical nurse to patient ratio is 1:6 on days and 1:8 on nights. Patient Care Techs are assigned equally and work with the team; the assignment is according to the nurse practice act.

EMERGENCY SERVICE LINE

The ED at Memorial is made up of 86 beds located on two campuses. Staff generally works at one location or the other. Nurses are hired into a variety of assigned positions which may include days, mid-shifts or nights in 8, 10 or 12-hour shifts. Staff is offered self-scheduling.

Memorial Central is the busiest ED in the state of CO. It is a Level II Trauma Center that has 68 beds to include three trauma/resuscitation rooms, a critical care area, a pediatric area, as well as a locked behavioral health unit. ACLS, TNCC, ENPC and/or PALS are required within 6 months of hire and are offered during the residency program.

The Memorial North campus has 18 beds. It is a Level III Trauma Center, has a cath lab, and typically sees medical, surgical, and orthopedic emergencies. ACLS, TNCC, ENPC and/or PALS are required after hire and floor orientation.

CRITICAL CARE SERVICES

ICU

We have 46 critical care beds located on 2 campuses (Memorial Central and Memorial North). The staff rotates between the two locations.

The Central campus is a 36-bed unit specializing in acutely ill adults with medical, surgical, neurological/neurosurgical, and cardiac conditions. Other patients include those who have undergone interventional radiology, vascular and cardiothoracic surgeries, or who have sustained traumatic injuries. This campus is a Level II trauma center, and both primary stroke and chest pain accredited.

The North campus ICU is a 10-bed unit specializing in acutely ill adults with medical, surgical conditions. It is a Level III trauma center.

Nurses on both campuses provide care for patients requiring close monitoring with intensive therapeutic modalities-mechanical ventilation, continuous renal replacement, intra-aortic balloon pumps, vasoactive medications, and advanced hemodynamic monitoring. Nursing assignments are made on a shift to shift basis taking into consideration patient acuity and staff

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Unit

CVT PCU is an 18-bed unit with 1 semi-private and 16 private rooms, open 24 hours, every day of the year. The unit has the capability of monitoring 6 progressive care beds. Expert nurses are responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient outcomes admitted to this unit. Staff provide for multiple levels of care ranging from general to intermediate level. 2S Cardiology is a 10-bed unit, all private rooms, open 24 hours, every day of the year.

Cardiovascular & Thoracic PCU specializes in the intermediate care of the adult cardiac/vascular/thoracic patient population. The patient requires monitoring and care of moderate or potentially severe physiologic instability or is stable, with a high potential for becoming unstable, and requires increased intensity of care and vigilance. This includes, but is not limited to, the following patient populations: congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, post-angiography (angioplasty, stent), invasive radiology, arrhythmias, R/O myocardial infarction (MI), stable acute MI, unstable angina, cardioversion, ablation, s/p pacemaker insertion, 24-hours post open hearts (valve, CABG), vascular intervention, carotids, thoracotomies, transvenous cardiac pacing and post cardiac arrest. Medical/Surgical patients may be admitted to the CVT PCU if additional beds are needed.

WOMENS SERVICES

Birth Center

The Birth Center is a 29-bed unit including an 8-bed Obstetrical Emergency Department, 15 labor and delivery rooms, 2 ORs, and 4 recovery rooms. We are a referring hospital for southern Colorado, doing 2,500 delivers per year. Pregnancy is our specialty. We care for a variety of low and high-risk patients who come to deliver their baby or to have specialized monitoring for high-risk issues such as pregnancy with multiple babies, cardiac problems (maternal or fetal), diabetes, or other chronic health issues. We offer labor rooms with either a walk-in shower or built-in soaking tub to aid in water labor. We are supported by a 58-bed level 3B NICU as well as a normal newborn nursery with couplet care. Our medical providers include private practice OB-GYNs and Certified Nurse Midwives, a community health center practice which combines Certified Nurse Midwives and OB-GYNs, and maternal-fetal medicine perinatology. The nursing team is expert in all areas of OB care from 20 weeks and beyond, committed to remaining patient focused and evidence based. Our specialty high-risk OB transport team brings patients from Southern Colorado, New Mexico, and rural Kansas when a higher level of care is needed for mom or fetus.

Mother/Baby Unit

The mother/baby unit is a 31-bed unit with a 5-bed extended care nursery. Nurses provide couplet care to mothers and babies post-delivery while providing education on post-partum care, breastfeeding, and infant and maternal health. The typical nurse to patient ratio is 1 nurse to 3 couplets (mother and baby). Lactation nurses are available daily for additional breastfeeding needs.

Women’s Pavilion

This is an 8-bed unit comprised of all private rooms. The patient population is stable high-risk antenatal care, patients with gynecological issues, and post-op GYN patients. Also included is care for intrauterine fetal demises under 20 weeks. We provide individualized care for our pregnant patients who live on our unit for up to 3 months, waiting for delivery. Our GYN and post-op GYN patients receive the highest level of professional care as we help them to recover after treatment or survey. Staff are experts in women’s health and wellness, caring for a wide variety of issues, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiac issues, and other chronic health concerns. Our long-term patients are pleased with the professional care and personal touches from the staff, often commenting they are better educated and prepared to care for themselves and their babies than when they were admitted. Our medical providers include a large perinatology practice for high-risk pregnancies, private practice OB-GYNs, and community health OB-Gyns who engage in collaborative, evidence-based practice for best patient outcomes.