The Riverside Nurse Residency Program supports the successful transition of newly-graduated RNs from the academic setting to the fast-paced hospital environment. This 12-month structured program combines classroom learning, case studies and small group discussion with precepted clinical practice. You must be a Riverside employee to take part in the residency program.

Program Benefits
This residency program prepares you to:

  • Care for patients with increasing levels of acuity and complexity in the hospital setting
  • Develop clinical nursing leadership at the point of care
  • Improve patient safety and quality of care
  • Foster critical thinking skills
  • Bring evidence-based practice to the bedside
  • Strengthen commitment to the profession of nursing and develop individual career goals
  • Facilitate clinical and leadership skills necessary for you to be a successful member of the health care team

Application Criteria
To be considered for the Nurse Residency Program, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Graduation from an accredited ADN, BSN, or MSN program within the previous 12 months
  • No prior RN experience
  • Licensed in the state of Virginia as an RN at start of program
  • Employed by Riverside Health System at one of its five acute care hospitals

There is no separate application to the nurse residency program. You will automatically start the program once you accept an entry RN position and meet the program requirements.

Program Start Dates
A new cohort begins two times per year:

  • March
  • October

Partnership with Vizient
Riverside adopted the nationally recognized Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program.

  • It is trusted by more than 300 hospitals and health systems.
  • More than 70,000 nurses have graduated from the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency.
  • The program maintains an average first-year nurse retention rate of 95 percent, compared with the national average of 75 percent.
  • Of those completing surveys, 96 percent stated they would do it again.

Academic Partners

More information
Sandra J. Evans, DNP, RN
Riverside Nurse Residency Program Coordinator