Nurse Residency Program

Intermountain Healthcare’s Nurse Residency Program provides novice nurses with the opportunity to build competence and confidence, while strengthening skills and transitioning into the role of the professional registered nurse. We provide a variety of learning experiences in a safe, hands-on, and supportive environment.

The Nurse Residency Program is designed to complement and enhance your unit orientation, providing a comprehensive and evidence-based transition. As a new graduate or nurse with less than one year of acute care experience, you’ll be prepared to be a knowledgeable and skilled professional in the highly complex and high acuity care environment.

Under the guidance of practiced specialists, your academic education is enhanced through clinical experience. Clinical Coaches provide emotional support and nurture critical thinking skills, leading to competence and confidence in your new nursing practice. This program supports your transition from novice to professional nurse in a safe, nurturing, and supportive atmosphere dedicated to providing extraordinary care:


You will practice in a collaborative environment, interacting on a daily basis with other new nurses, clinical coaches, clinical nurse specialists, multidisciplinary team members, and course instructors.


The residency program encourages you to actively seek learning experiences as you work with unit educators, clinical nurse specialists, and clinical coaches to increase your knowledge of nursing practices while enhancing your communication, critical thinking, and prioritization skills in a self-directed environment.

Research-based practice

You’ll learn to incorporate research-based best practices supported by standards and professional performance into daily patient care activities. You’ll experience an environment that supports change, fosters innovation, and is conducive to increasing confidence and competence in the delivery of safe patient care - our number one priority.


You will practice in an environment where nurses are frontline change agents and leaders in practice and process improvement. You will benefit from Intermountain’ s partnership with institutions of higher learning as they continually evaluate  nursing practice, fostering confident, competent, and caring providers.

Nursing Leadership

As a nurse, you play an instrumental role in setting policy and making patient care decisions in collaboration with other nursing leaders within the facility. The role of the nurse as a leader is supported through formal and informal leadership development and opportunities.


Intermountain Healthcare has a career progression model with opportunities for growth in nursing education, administration, and advanced patient care. This progression model allows you to plan your career development based on your individual goals.

General Program Overview

Intermountain Healthcare’s Nurse Residency program is a one-year program designed to facilitate and support the transition of the newly graduated nurse or registered nurse with less than one-year acute care experience into the work setting. Program Highlights include:

  • Classroom/in-person training in a safe learning environment
  • Flexibility in scheduling
  • Hands-on learning
  • Simulation Lab
  • Online interactive training
  • Social networking with other nurse residency peers
  • Interaction with preceptors and clinical nurse specialists
  • Continued education and mentoring throughout the year
  • Nurse Residency positions are available from all 23 Intermountain Healthcare hospitals
  • The Nurse Residency program is in addition to your unit onboarding and orientation experience
  • 45 hours of classroom didactic utilizing different learning modalities
  • 72 additional hours of clinical work with a clinical coach. These hours are focused on further building your foundation as a nurse
  • Program completion certificate contributes to your professional development

Hiring criteria

  • Education: Must have graduated from an accredited nursing or have less than one year of acute care nursing experience
  • Licensing: Must have RN license or be license-eligible in the state in which they are being hired (Utah, ID, and/or Nurse Licensure Compact)
  • Hours: Determine based on position hired into; may apply for PRN position as long employee meets hour requirements of Nurse Residency Program.
  • Classes: Must attend all classes and finish all course work to complete the program
  • Commitment: Completion of all Nurse Residency requirements within the first year is essential to be eligible for graduation from the program, and will enhance your professional development and growth
  • Out-of-state new graduates must have NCLEX scheduled by the time the residency program begins and within the state you intend on working

For more information on our Nurse Residency Programs and how to apply to the program, please contact the Nurse Recruiters.

For more information and to apply for the Nurse Residency Program located in Western Colorado, please contact the RN Residency Coordinator at