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RN New Grad Nurse Residency Program - St Joseph Medical Center



Bellingham, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2023

Job Description


PeaceHealth is accepting applications for our upcoming Nurse Residency Program at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington.

This is an exciting opportunity for new graduate nurses to enter a program providing technical excellence as well as nursing excellence, compassionate care for our patients and community. The Nurse Residency Program provides a comprehensive transition to practice program offering interactive, evidence-based curriculum designed to build clinical skills and competency in patient outcomes, leadership and the professional nurse role. This is a 12-month program reflecting the Mission, Vision and Values of PeaceHealth.

Benefits Include:

  • Hiring Bonus available for eligible candidates
  • Relocation package available for eligible candidates moving to the area.
  • Hourly compensation is  $37.83 - $73.90 ; hiring rate dependent on qualifications and professional experience and/or terms of Collective Bargaining Agreement. WSNA Contract
  • Great shift differentials (up to $7.16/hr.)
  • Additional pay for BSN, MSN, DNP and advanced certifications
  • Student Loan Repayment Program Available shortly after starting
  • Medical and Dental, Vision, Retirement, and Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Assistance
  • PTO accrual starting day one
  • Professional practice support.
  • Collaborative team environment.

To qualify for this program you must be:

  • A new graduate RN (or upcoming graduate)ora RN who has been licensed for less than 12 months with less than 6 months of Acute Care experience as an RN at time of application.

To be considered for the program you must include/complete the following (incomplete applications will not be accepted) If you are interested in multiple PH locations, you must submit an application to each hospital you are interested in:

  1. Resume
  2. Online Application

Program Timeline / Step-by Step Process:

  • June 20th – Applications Open/Screening Process Starts
  • Early September 2023 - Interviews will start to be scheduled. All interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. No in person interviews will be available.
  • October 27th - Application Deadline
  • November 7th-9th - Interviews will be held.
  • Start Dates - We will be offering start dates December through March 2024. New grads must have an active RN license by date of hire. Start dates are determined by looking at several factors- NCLEX, Licensing, relocation and department needs.
  • Residency Seminars to begin in March 2024

Position Commitments:

  • Ability to work 32 to 40 hours per week.
  • Available to work 8, 10 or 12-Hour Shifts.
  • Available to work, Day, Eve and Night Shifts
  • Flexible to work any day of the week as schedules rotate.
  • Able to participate in all program activities throughout the 12-month period.
  • Clinical Instructor and employment references will be required.
  • Willing to sign a 2-year commitment letter
  • New grads must remain in the department they are hired into for the 1st 18 months of employment per the WSNA Union contract.

Opportunities in the following departments may be offered (Residency openings vary each cohort): Med/Surg, Emergency Department, ICU, ICU step down , OR, Float Pool and Behavioral Health

Job Description with complete list of duties will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlin McCarthy at kmccarthy@peacehealth.org

This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement. There may be more than one opening on this posting.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state, or federal laws.

PeaceHealth requires a completed Primary Vaccine Series (e.g., 2 dose monovalent Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax series or 1 dose J&J vaccine series) or be Up to Date (receiving the most recent Pfizer/Moderna bivalent vaccine/booster) for COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. PeaceHealth has a medical and religious exemption request process for those that are unable to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine series due to medical/religious reasons. For caregivers that will be working in Oregon there is a personal vaccine exemption form that may be requested.