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Steps for Applying to VUMC's Nurse Residency Program

  • The Nurse Residency Program accepts applications twice a year.  During the time applications are being accepted, the "APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NEXT" in the blue box (located on the top right) will include a job posting number and a link to apply.  
  • Within 72 hours of application, you will receive an email with instructions that will direct you to a second site where you will enter additional information specific to the Nurse Residency Program.
  • At this site, you will submit the following information:
    - Your track selection
    - E-mail contact information for 2 clinical faculty who will serve 
      as references. 
      The faculty will receive an email message from us with a link that they will
      use to submit your reference using our template. 
    - E-mail contact for  your Dean’s office so we can confirm your cumulative 
      and nursing GPA in addition to your projected graduation date
    - Your work, volunteer and leadership experience
    - Any intern or externship experience
  • From this site, you will be able to monitor the status of your references (whether or not they have been received)
  • Once all required components are complete, you will be able to do a final submission of your packet.
  • Complete packets must be received before the posted deadline.
  • Communication will be sent to all candidates prior to the September interview session. This communication will happen within two weeks of the application deadline.  

For additional information or questions, e-mail

Fall 2019 and Winter/Spring 2020 Nurse Residency Program Application Timeline

Interviews for applications received by August 15, 2019:
August 26, 2019 through September 26, 2019

Start Date* Options:
October 14, 2019
- all tracks

February 17, 2020
- Adult Acute tracks only

February 24, 2020 
- Adult Critical Care
- Pediatrics
- Women’s Health
- Psychiatry

April 13, 2020
- Adult Acute tracks only

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

Interviews will be conducted weekly for applications received for these tracks.
(search using job code 1905097)

*Available start dates may vary depending on area hired / successful NCLEX completion.

The Nurse Licensure Compact Explained
from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
(video approx. 5 minutes)
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 FAQs for more information.