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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

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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.
(search using job code 1905097)

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.