Nurse Residency

All new-to-practice Registered Nurses are automatically enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program at Upstate!

Nurse Residency is dedicated to helping newly graduated Registered Nurses make a comfortable transition from student to competent professional. Residency provides a supportive environment in which new nurses gain the competence and confidence needed to be an integral part of the Upstate team.

Nurse Residents meet periodically - more often at the beginning, then quarterly check-ins - for their first year of practice with other members of their cohort. Nurse Residency brings in expert guest speakers, educators, and direct care staff nurses (including those who have completed Nurse Residency themselves!) to provide resources, support and real-life learning opportunities. The program incorporates open and small group discussions; didactic clinical content with experts; hands-on experience including the use of our simulation lab; and professional development exercises. The year of Nurse Residency concludes with a celebration and a Capstone Project.

Nurse Residency fosters clinical learning as a complement to bedside orientation, and provides opportunities to develop crtitical thinking skills and debrief on challenges and successes away from the daily hustle and bustle of the floor. Just as importantly, Nurse Residents gain a sense of belonging and support from each other, because no matter what school you graduate from, whether nursing is a second (or even third!) career, and what other experience life has given you, there is nothing like the transformation into a successful Registered Nurse!

Eligibility

Applicants must be graduating from an NLN or CCNE accredited RN degree program. Preference will be given to BSN degree applicants. You will be able to go through the application and interview process prior to graduating, however, you will be required to obtain a New York State RN license before you may start working.

How to apply

Please visit our Employment Opportunities and search the postings for the career that sounds right for you.

In order to be considered, you must apply for an open RN position. Only complete applications will be entertained. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are not able to respond to individual inquiries. Your application is important to us and will be given every consideration. We will contact you directly if you are selected for an interview.

See Nurse Residency Program brochure