Nurse Residency Program

A program for new nursing graduates and nurses new to acute care.

Nurse Residency


Nurse Residency is part of the Transition to Professional Practice Program which includes:

  • Central Orientation and Required Education 
  • Clinical Unit Orientation with a preceptor 
  • Specialty Fellowship which is more skills based 
  • Nurse Residency Classes with an Evidence Based Project

The purpose of the Nurse Residency Program is to support the new graduate Registered Nurse’s transition to practice within CHI Health. The program develops critical thinking; emphasizes professional practice; facilitates frontline leadership development; advances knowledge in evidence-based practice and quality improvement: and, facilitates teamwork and effective communication.

Program Guidelines

The Nurse Residency program consists of 8 monthly sessions which start after unit orientation. Classes are no more than 4 hours long.  Topics will include some of the following:

  • ANA Standards
  • Career Path Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Culturally Competent Care
  • Delegation 
  • End of Life
  • Ethics 
  • Infection Prevention 
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Leadership Development 
  • Management of Patient Care Delivery
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Professional Development
  • Shared Governance
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management and Prioritization

Cohorts are established in Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha.  Omaha cohorts include Omaha Metro, Mercy Council Bluffs, and critical access hospitals in NE.


Nurses who meet the inclusion criteria will be automatically enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program. Applications for employment are also considered applications for the residency program.

Inclusion criteria include:

  1. BSN or ADN
  2. Nurses with less than 1 year acute care experience
  3. Experienced nurses who have been away from acute care nursing for more than 1 year by request of manager/director on hire
  4. Full or part-time employees


The Nurse Residency Program is paid work time and an expected component of the onboarding process. The CHI Health attendance policy will be enforced.


Residents are expected to follow the core values of CHI Health, be professional, engaged, and contribute positively during the Nurse Residency Program sessions. 


A graduation ceremony will be held at each of the locations at the end of each cohort. Directors, SVPs, and family may be invited to each graduation program.