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VUMC's Nurse Residency Program

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is proud to offer a year-long Nurse Residency Program to help you navigate your role as a graduate nurse.  We are committed to helping you stay on course to deliver safe, effective, quality patient care as you onboard into the clinical setting as a healthcare professional. 

Nurse Residents are recently graduated nurses with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nursing and less than six month nursing experience.

Nurse residents are required to be licensed prior to their start date. Residents that can provide official documentation of successful NCLEX results and pending application for TN RN licensure (or a state that is part of the enhanced nurse licensure compact) will be considered eligible to start (see FAQ's for more information).

We offer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall start dates.  Start date options vary based on area hired and successful NCLEX completion.

As a new nurse, we will guide your transition to professional practice by supporting your orientation and ongoing professional development needs. Throughout the year you will focus on delegation and time management, patient engagement, diversity, nursing quality and safety, research and evidence-based practice, ethical decision making, and building your own emotional toolkit. 

Choose your starting destination from these different track options.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.


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Recruitment and Applications
Tracey Fargo,
Nurse Residency Program Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant,
Talent Management & Operations  Human Resources 

Adult Tracks
Sandra Sanker
Associate Program Manager

Pediatric Tracks
Josie McDonald 
Associate Program Manager   

General questions 

Winter/Spring 2020 Nurse Residency Program Application Timeline

Applications will continue to be accepted through December 31 for the following tracks only:
- Adult Acute Medicine
- Adult Acute Surgery
- Adult Cardiac Stepdown
- Vanderbilt Behavior Health

Start dates:
February 17, 2020
- Adult Acute tracks only

February 24,2020

-Behavior Health track only

April 13, 2020
- Adult Acute tracks only

Interviews will be conducted weekly for applications received for these tracks.
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