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Graduate Nurse Residency

Registered Nurse First Year Residency Program

CentraCare has a unique and extremely popular New Graduate Nurse Residency Program that provides support resources to the Graduate RN as she/he transitions from academia to professional practice. As a member of the program, new graduates are hired into regular, permanent RN positions and wages, but also enjoy the added benefits this program offers.

CentraCare hires new graduate RNs into the Graduate Nurse Residency Program throughout the year depending on the availability of RN positions that consider new graduate candidates. There is no deadline for applying. Applicants are considered a new graduate RN until they have greater than 12 months of nursing experience.

Additional Program Details

Application Process

Placement is dependent on interview preferences for units and hours, references, work history and experience, clinical student experiences and open positions.

A formal application process is required and includes the following steps:

  1. Submit an online employment application to the Graduate Nurse Residency Program. Apply for the Graduate Nurse Residency Program now!
  2. Once you complete an online application, a recruiter will review your application and connect with you to complete a phone interview.
  3. If you are chosen to continue the hiring process, you will receive an e-mail with directions on how to provide two references from nursing faculty and one reference from a previous employer.
  4. Depending on your department and schedule preference — as well as our department availability — you will then be chosen to interview with the hiring manager.
  5. If you are not selected for a position, you will receive an e-mail from our team. If you are selected, you will receive a phone call to discuss the offer.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to improve the transition from student to professional nurse by supporting the new graduate professionally during the first year of nursing.

The objectives of the program are for its members to:

  1. Develop essential communication skills.
  2. Become a proficient member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  3. Adopt wellness activities to promote resilience and a healthy work/life balance.
  4. Practice evidence-based nursing care to formulate and implement decisions centered around high-quality care for patients, families and communities.
  5. Embrace ever-changing health priorities through commitment to lifelong learning and reflective practices.
  6. Create a safe, caring environment built upon ethical practices and professional values to address health disparities in diverse patient populations.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the Graduate Nurse Residency Program?
Any student or RN with less than 1 year of experience

What should my application include?
Complete the application in full and attach a resume (no other documents are needed at this time).

When is the best time to apply?
We encourage students to apply 4-6 months prior to graduation; however, there are no deadlines to apply, and applications can be submitted year long.

I am a currently employed at CentraCare. What do I do?
Apply as an internal employee to the Graduate Nurse Residency posting.

What salary can I expect as a new graduate RN?
Rates are subject to change based on yearly market analysis but starting pay rates for 2022 are: $35.39 (ADN), $36.09 (BSN), $37.18 (MSN).

If hired, will I be paid and eligible for benefits?
Yes, our Residency Program is a permanent position and is benefit eligible.
Part-time employment is working 32-59 hours every two weeks and full-time employment is 60-80 hours every two weeks.

Do you offer training programs for new graduate RNs?
Additional education and support are provided to increase knowledge, confidence in nursing practice and the ability to get to know other new graduate RNs in the same position.
In addition to the strong clinical focus, the program provides professional development in the areas of delegation, communication, critical thinking and clinical reasoning.

For questions related to pay and benefits, please contact the Human Resources Department at 320-255-5650.