Nursing Residency Program

Nursing Residency Program

The first months of your professional nursing career as a registered nurse can be overwhelming. The Nurse Residency Program supports and enhances new graduate registered nurse development during the first year of practice. The program is designed to promote an effective transition from student role to registered nurse. This process includes integration into the nursing profession and development of a professional identity.

Who is in the Nurse Residency Program?

All new graduate RNs who will be working in an inpatient setting in the Fargo region will be included in this program. To be eligible for the Nurse Residency Program, RNs must have graduated from an accredited school and have six months or less experience as a registered nurse.

When does this program start?

Nurse Residency Programs start twice a year, grouped together accordingly to the date of hire.

What do we do in these monthly sessions?

In the monthly sessions, you will engage in a highly interactive and enriching learning process. Each session focuses on various clinical and professional growth topics utilizing health care experts. These sessions are designed to guide and advance your clinical judgment and ability to problem solve as well as expand your outlook on your professional career. Past nurse residents have shared that the program also offers a great opportunity to meet other new graduate nurses and share experiences and concerns.

Here are a few of their comments:

  • "It's nice to know I'm not the only one feeling this way."
  • "It's good to recognize faces and know names when I'm off my unit."
  • "I really enjoy hearing from the other nurse residents and learning how they do things."

Program outcomes

The Nurse Residency Program builds upon your nursing education and clinical competencies to strengthen these aspects of nursing:

  • Leadership at the point of care
  • Tenets of professional nursing practice
  • Culture of safety
  • Patient outcomes
  • Nursing code of ethics

Support for the program

A Nurse Residency Program coordinator will be in contact with nurse residents throughout the program. During your unit-specific orientation, a preceptor will also be assigned to each new graduate RN. A service educator (an RN working on your unit) is also available for guidance on unit-specific needs.

How do I apply?

To apply for a registered nurse position at Sanford Health Fargo Region, complete an application online by visiting For questions related to employment, please contact the employment line at (701) 234-4600 to be transferred to the appropriate recruiter.

This program is available in Fargo, ND.

Download the program brochure for more information.

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