We invest in our Nurses!

Jefferson Healthcare is committed to providing an exceptional and comprehensive transition-to-practice experience for Registered Nurse graduates.  The New Graduate RN Residency Program is a 12-month program.  Clinical experiences with didactic education and simulation will prepare and nurture novice nurses.

As you decide where to begin your career, select an organization that has made a commitment to invest in its most valuable resource – its nurses!

What you can expect from our program?

Departments participating in the RN Residency Program include Acute Care, Intensive Care, Family Birth, Home Health, Surgical Services, and Emergency additionally, applicants may apply to as many departments as they choose.

Nurse residents practice under the direct, 1:1 supervision of an experienced nurse preceptor to receive mentoring, support, and training.

Nurse educators help support the growth and development of our nurse residents during the first year of employment,

The “foundational period” length varies, but could include:

  • 12 weeks in Medical-Surgical
  • 16 or more weeks rotating through clinical departments such as: Med-Surg, ACU, ICU, Home Health and Hospice, Infusion, Oncology, ED and Surgery.

Most New Graduate RN Residents can expect:

  • 72-80 hours per two-week pay period
  • 8, 10 or 12-hour shifts
  • Ongoing educational opportunities
  • Commitment to Jefferson Healthcare for two years after the completion of orientation

Why choose an RN Residency Program at a critical access hospital?

  • Our small hospital allows for individualized attention and support for our new grad RNs from nurse educators to department directors.  The culture focuses on teamwork, kindness, and a commitment to the highest standards of care for our patients.  Working in a small community means that our neighbors are our patients-creating true connection and meaningful work.
  • Professional development:
    • Opportunities to cross-train and develop skills in other departments (Medical-Surgical/ICU/ED/FBC)
    • Additional pay after obtaining certification in specialty
    • Additional pay after obtaining BSN
    • Paid education hours per contact
    • Individual support from educators
  • Generous benefits
  • Work-life balance

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Have Questions

Program questions education@jeffersonhealthcare.org

Online application assistance recruitment@jeffersonhealthcare.org

p) 360.385.2200 ext. 2087

How does the hiring process work?

  • Available resident positions will be posted on the Jefferson Healthcare website.  The application should include:
    • Current resume
    • Two professional letters of reference
    • An essay describing how you decided to become an RN, strengths/talents you can offer the team, what you hope to take away from the program, and why you were drawn to the department you have chosen
  • We’re accepting late applications on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled.
  • The interview process is anticipated to take place mid-April.  Be prepared to meet with a panel during the interview.
  • Once selected, directors will contact you with an offer.
  • The expected start date will be in August 2022, following the successful passing of NCLEX and issuing  of Washington state nursing license.

How many hours per week do residents work?

This is a full-time position that requires 72-80 hours per two-week pay period, including weekends and holidays.  The number of hours worked per week can vary to accommodate education time and simulation experiences.  You will likely follow your preceptor’s schedule for unit clinical time.

Will I be working nights, weekends, and holidays?

Nurse residents are full-time employees. Your schedule may include nights, evenings; and will include weekends and holidays.  Residency is an intensive program.  Time off or scheduling requests during orientation may or may not be accommodated.

What does a nurse resident get paid?

All nurses at Jefferson Healthcare are covered under a collective bargaining unit with UFCW2.

Am I obligated to stay at Jefferson Healthcare after the completion of my Residency?

A two-year contract is required at Jefferson Healthcare when completing the Residency program.

Who can I contact for questions about the Residency Program?

Feel free to email education@jeffersonhealthcare.org we will be happy to answer questions regarding the program.  Please do not send resume or application information to this email.

Email us at education@jeffersonhealthcare.org and we will be happy to answer questions regarding the program.  Please do not send resume or application information to this email address.

Throughout my healthcare career, I have lived by the idea that if you do the right thing for the patient, the rest will (or should) fall into place. It is an idealist way of thinking in corporate America, but hey, why not? During my orientation, several years ago, that statement was said nearly word for word by a multitude of Jefferson Healthcare speakers, “if all else fails, just do the right thing for the patients.” I feel as though those words have been reflected by the day-to-day actions of this institution and by the people that work here.

– Jess Cigalotti, RN Clinical Coordinator and Employee of the Quarter – September 2020

It is the policy of Jefferson Healthcare to ensure equal opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.