Valley Medical Center Nursing Residency Programs  

Valley Medical Center encourages nurses looking to pursue a new facet of career growth to consider participating in a Nurse Residency upon hire for their desired specialty. We provide a variety of specialty nurse residencies aimed to help nurses transition from previous clinical specialties and/or levels of experience to their new nursing field of choice.

Nurse residency positions can be found by searching for “RN Resident” or “Nursing Resident” positions on the Careers  page. Residency positions may be posted as early as 1-2 months prior to the start date of the respective residency program. Please see information below regarding specific nursing residencies that VMC currently offers.

Med-Surg Residency 

Residency offerings: February and August

Length of residency: 16 weeks

Specifics: The med-surg residency includes a combination of didactic classes with simulation and group interaction alongside fellow residents from other units/specialties, special experiences that allow for a greater understanding of colleagues’ roles within the organization, and collaborative follow-up on the nursing units during unit-based preceptorship with the residency facilitator to ensure appropriate progress throughout the residency period.

Critical Care Residency 

Residency offerings: March, August, October

Length of residency: 12 weeks, including 64 hours of didactic classes, lab simulations, and 1:1 unit-based precepting

Specifics: Valley Medical Center is an affiliate with the Mountain to Sound (MTS) Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). The MTS Critical Care Consortium program brings together expert educators from our community of critical and acute care nurses. Valley Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit offers an outstanding venue to learn critical care. As the only adult critical care unit in the hospital, we learn to care for all clinical populations. Learning and growth never stop. The resident is required to sign a contract for a three year commitment.

 

Emergency Department Residency

Residency offerings: February, August

Length of residency: 16 weeks

Specifics: The ED residency is heavily based on simulation and hands-on, kinesthetic practice. The goal is to fully immerse the resident in the fast-paced realm of emergency medicine in hopes of building the critical thinking tools needed to succeed.

Perioperative Consortium 

Residency offerings: February, September

Length of residency: Six months

Specifics: This is an intensive education program that includes classroom lecture, lab experiences, and precepted learning within the operating room. During training, residents are employed by the hospital and will work 8-hour shifts. After graduation from the Consortium Program, the resident will be working within the OR with a preceptor to further gain experience and solidify core competencies for an additional six months. Permanent work shift designations will not be assigned until one month prior to completion of the last month of precepted training. Permanent work shift designation is assigned based on the needs of the department. The resident is required to sign a contract for a two-year commitment. Part of working within the perioperative setting is taking call. Residents will not take call until the completion of one year after graduation from the NWPC Consortium education sessions. This time is spent learning more procedures and becoming grounded as a perioperative nurse. Prior to taking call, residents will be trained by a preceptor to ensure the ability to competently and confidently function as a member of the call team.

 

Birth Center Residency

Residency offerings: February, August

Postpartum: 8-10 week residency. Specialty experiences include shadowing with lactation, labor and delivery, and a tour through sterile processing and distribution.

Labor and delivery: 12-14 week residency. Specialty experiences include shadowing with lactation, cesarean sections, antepartum care, and a tour through sterile processing and distribution.

Specifics for both of the above specialties: residency hours will be 40 hours per week or 4-5 days per week. Residency is a combination of didactic lessons with the department educator and clinical training with RN preceptors on the unit. Once residency is completed, residents may work a 0.9 FTE, which is the equivalent of three 12-hour shifts per week. The resident is required to sign a contract for a three-year commitment.

 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Residency:

Residency offerings: February, August

Length of residency: 16 weeks

Specifics: Residency is a combination of didactic and clinical training. Clinical content includes identifying normal newborn clinical presentation, lactation, children’s therapy, and pharmacological components as it relates to the neonate. The resident is required to sign a contract for a three-year commitment.