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Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program at University of Colorado Hospital

 

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from nursing school! 

The Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program at the University of Colorado Hospital began in 2002 with a partnership with the University of Colorado College of Nursing (CU-CON) and is structured according to the guidelines and recommendations provided by the UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program™. The Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program at the University of Colorado Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). The accreditation status was awarded in April 2010, making it one of the first nationally accredited nurse residency programs in the United States.

CCNE Accredited      

 

News Release for Nurse Residency Program Accreditation

 

Are you prepared to take that giant step from student to nurse?

The UCH Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program

NOW YOU ARE.

You’ve done it. You just dedicated years to learning how to fulfill your dream—becoming the best nurse possible. What’s next? How do you make that all-important transition from student to professional nurse?

The University of Colorado Hospital in the metro-Denver area is not only a 3-time Magnet hospital and one of the region’s largest academic teaching hospitals, it consistently ranks among the best academic medical centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. They have also recently recognized us as the #1 Hospital in Denver. We are renowned for our superior healthcare and ongoing progressive research.

As a new RN in our Nurse Residency Program, you will receive the education and support necessary to develop the judgment, skill and knowledge you’ll need to become the highest caliber nurse. A lofty goal – yet a very achievable one – our Magnet status guarantees you will be mentored by the best, most highly educated nurses in Colorado and the country.  This invaluable program will enable a clear career path into acute care nursing. In fact, many graduates of this esteemed program have gone on to become charge nurses, nurse educators, preceptors and more.

You will also enjoy much more than working in such a prestigious institution . . .you will enjoy living and working in one of the most naturally beautiful states in the country. Spectacular wide open landscapes, incredible blue skies, clear mountain streams and, of course, the majestic Rocky Mountains.

 

As part of UCH’s Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program, you will receive a year of post-baccalaureate education, comprised of:

  • 12-24 weeks of orientation & precepted experience on the clinical unit of hire
  • Paid specialty courses (part of your 36-hour work week) designed for your specific unit occurring throughout the year
  • Paid monthly Nurse Residency Seminars, providing additional curriculum and mentoring support

 

Our program is facilitated by expert nurses with special emphasis on:

  • Critical thinking skills 
  • Leadership abilities 
  • Written & verbal communication skills 
  • Research-based practice 
  • Patient safety 
  • Professional career development  

When you successfully complete the program, you can look forward to a second year of employment at our renowned hospital.

Because new graduate RNs are hired to work on specific inpatient units, you must list your top 2 choices on your application. Availability will change with each cohort.  Flexibility in your preferences will be a plus in ensuring placement.  For a more detailed description of each unit, please look under the 'General Nursing Information' link.

  • Neuroscience
  • Orthopedics/ Burn / Surgery
  • General Surgery 
  • Pulmonary
  • Transplant
  • Rehabilitation
  • Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Women’s Care Center
  • Birth Center
  • Surgical ICU; Cardiothoracic ICU; Medical ICU; Cardiac ICU; Neuro ICU; Burn / Trauma ICU
  • Operating Room
  • Emergency Department
  • Neonatal ICU
  • PACU
  • Cardiac Progressive Care
  • Med-Surg Progressive Care
  • Acute Care Elderly
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine Sub-Specialties

Successful completion of the NCLEX and a current CO nursing license are required before the start date.

The time is now to make the first excellent choice of your professional nursing career.

Perhaps one of our graduates stated it best: “I feel I have learned so many applicable aspects of being a nurse . . .there are so many things that a textbook cannot teach.”

Our Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program is the transition that will make the critical difference in your career.

The Nurse Residency Program starts 3 times a year: February, July and October. If you are interested in applying for the next program and learning the eligibility for specialty areas, apply now!

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2014 program dates

February 18, 2014

Application window opens Tuesday, October 8th, 2013.

Application window closes Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 5:00pm MST.

Updates on applications will be given the week of December 30th, 2013.

*** We kindly ask for your patience while we complete this process.***  Everyone who has applied will receive an update around this time.

Interviews will take place from January 2nd, 2014 through January 16th, 2014.

Updates on interviews will be given the week of January 27th, 2014. 

 

July 28, 2014

Application window opens Monday, March 17th, 2014.

Application window closes Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 5:00pm MDT.

Updates on applications will be given the week of May 22nd, 2014.

*** We kindly ask for your patience while we complete this process.***  Everyone who has applied will receive an update around this time.

Interviews will take place from May 22nd, 2014 through June 6th, 2014.

Updates on interviews will be given the week of June 16th, 2014.

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October 27, 2014 

Application window opens Monday, June 16th, 2014.

Application window closes Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 5:00pm MDT.

Updates on applications will be given the week of August 25th, 2014.

*** We kindly ask for your patience while we complete this process.***  Everyone who has applied will receive an update around this time.

Interviews will take place from August 21st, 2014 through September 5th, 2014.

Updates on interviews will be given the week of September 15th, 2014

 

Applications and due dates for all nurse residency cohorts in 2014 have been determined.  Please continue to check the website for updates.  Dates and deadlines are subject to change.


 

Application Information for July 2014 Nurse Residency Program

In order to be considered, all parts of the application must be received online by Human Resources by the application deadline. The application deadline for the July Nurse Residency Program is Friday, April 18th at 5:00pm MDT.  

 

All parts of the application must be electronically received in HR by this date/time.  Clinical Evaluations must be included in your application packet. Clinical Evaluations for graduates must be received by Friday, April 18th at 5:00pm MDT

For additional questions, please read through the FAQs.  

Applicant Eligibility

  • Graduated from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing baccalaureate program (BSN). Candidates graduating from an Associates Degree-to-BSN or LPN-to-BSN programs are not eligible to apply to our Graduate Nurse Residency Program.
  • Graduated within the past six months from the program start date.  If you graduated before January 1st, 2014, you are not eligible to apply. 
  • Must not have held or currently hold a registered nursing position since graduation.
  • In order to be considered for a Graduate Nurse position in the Adult Critical Care (ICUs), Neonatal ICU (NICU), and the Emergency Department (ED) a candidate must have completed either a "paid" (CNA, Nurse Intern, EMT, etc.) or a "non-paid" (Senior Practicum, Externship, etc.) position in their area of interest.

Neonatal ICU (NICU), Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU), Pediatric ICUs and Emergency Department (ED) experience are not considered adult critical care.

For additional questions, please read through the FAQs.

Application Requirements

For consideration, all five components listed below must be received electronically and together (with the exception of #5 which may be submitted separately by your clinical educator) by the Human Resources Department by the application deadline of Friday, April 18 at 5:00pm MST.

The application requirements must include:

  1. Online Application: Please submit an online application through our website to job posting #30086.  Your two unit preferences will be determined using your Supplemental Application.
  2. Comprehensive Resume: Please electronically attach your resume along with your Supplemental Application, Transcripts, and any additional application material to your online application.  Cover letters are optional.
  3. Supplemental Application Word - PDF: Please answer all the questions on the supplemental application and submit them electronically via your online application. Answers should be submitted on a separate document.
  4. Unofficial Transcripts: Please submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts via your online application. We only need copies of transcripts from the school you obtained or will obtain your BSN.  
  5. Clinical Evaluation Word - PDF: Please have your most recent clinical instructor complete this form and return either by fax, email, or mail.  For your application to be considered complete, we will need to have your clinical evaluation by Friday, April 18 at 5:00pm MDT.   Please request evaluations as soon as possible from your clinical instructors. 

Prior to applying: Please note that our online application will only allow for one document to be uploaded.  For supplemental documents (i.e. comprehensive resume / supplemental application / unofficial transcripts / clinical evaluation), these will need to be scanned in to one PDF attachment or uploaded in one Word attachment.  The online application will only accept attachments in a Word or PDF format.  Please ensure that when the document is uploaded, that it is in a printable format. 

 

Documents must be submitted via your online application and will not be accepted via email attachments or mail.  Please also note that after you've submitted your application, you will not be allowed to go back in and edit your application.  Only apply if you truly have all your required supplemental documents ready to upload in your online applicaiton.

Submission Options

 

All documents must be submitted together via your online application with the exception of your clinical evaluation.  Please attach all   documents to your online application (i.e. comprehensive resume / supplemental application / unofficial transcripts).  

 

Prior to applying: Please note that our online application will only allow for one document to be uploaded.  For supplemental documents (i.e. comprehsive resume / supplemental application / unofficial transcripts / clinical evaluation), these will need to be scanned in to one PDF attachment or uploaded in one Word attachment.  The online application will only accept attachments in a Word or PDF format.  Please ensure that when the document is uploaded, that it is in a printable format. 

 

Documents must be submitted via your online application and will not be accepted via email attachments or mail.  Please also note that after you've submitted your application, you will not be allowed to go back in and edit your application.  Only apply if you truly have all your required supplemental documents ready to upload in your online applicaiton.

 


Clinical Evaluations must be received in HR by Friday, April 18, 2014. If available, please attach to your online application.  Otherwise, only Clinical Evaluations and/or reference letters may be submitted via:

  • Email Clinical Evaluation to: UCH-NurseResidentProgram@uchealth.org. Please include only the applicant's name in the Subject line. If you are attaching documents, please include the applicant's name on each page of the document.
  • Fax Clinical Evaluation to: (720) 848 - 6802.  Please include the applicants name on each page.
  • Mail Clinical Evaluation to: Human Resources - Nurse Residency Application
                                 Leprino Building Suite 600
                                 Mail Stop A028
                                 12401 E. 17th Avenue
                                 Aurora, CO 80045

Reminders & Tips

  • Due to the number of applications, HR is unable to confirm receipt of your application.
  • All parts of your application must be submitted together. If you click apply and your application is incomplete, you will not be further considered. 
  • Ensure that all parts of your application have been submitted successfully and in the correct format (i.e. Adobe PDF; Microsoft Word).  If we are unable to open your document, you will not be further considered. Please note that our applicant tracking system only accepts one uploaded document.  All required documents will need to be scanned into a PDF format attachment or uploaded into a Microsoft Word document.  Please ensure that your document is also in a printable format.
  • Please put your name on each page of your application including e-mail attachments and faxes.
  • It is highly discouraged for applicants to approach hiring managers directly in regards to Residency openings. All applications must go through Human Resources.
  • Please only list your top 2 specialties on the supplemental application.
  • Allow yourself ample time to apply.    
For additional questions, please read through the FAQs.

 

  

Interviewing Process

Only after the deadline, applications will be reviewed. A Recruiter will contact selected applicants by email to schedule an interview. Applicants will not be contacted for an interview until after the application closing deadline. The tentative dates for applicants to be contacted for interviews will be in May.    

 

In-person interviews for the July 2014 program will be held in May / June.

 

All candidates selected for an interview are required to interview in-person with the selection team at their own expense.  

 

All candidates who apply will be notified by email once the positions have been filled.  

 

For additional questions, please read through the FAQs.  

Offers 

Offers are contingent and are not considered official until the following items are received:  

  • Final, "official" transcripts from your school with BSN graduation date
  • Current American Heart Association BLS card for 60 days from the program start date
  • Passing a post-offer, pre-employment health screen and completion of Hospital background check  
  • Successful completion of the NCLEX exam. Candidates for the July 2014 program are highly encouraged to take the NCLEX prior to June 27, 2014.
  • Colorado RN Licensure or a RN licensure from a participating state in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Colorado (or compact state) RN licensure must be verified by July 21, 2014.

Candidates are encouraged to apply for a Colorado licensure when they apply to take the NCLEX. Endorsements from outside Colorado are not recommended due to the length of time they take to complete.  

Nurse Licensure

Colorado State Board of Nursing: http://www.dora.state.co.us/nursing/  or (303) 894-2430   

Out of state RN licensure must be from a participating state and follow NLC policies and procedures. https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm   

For additional questions on RN licensure, endorsements and/or NCLEX, please contact that state’s Board of Nursing.


Our Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program is a nationally accredited program.

UCH's Nurse Graduate Residency Program partners with University of Colorado's College of Nursing

 

For additional questions, please read through the FAQs or e-mail them directly to UCH-NurseResidentProgram@uchealth.org 

Apply now!