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The Nurse Residency Program for New BSN Graduates

A great start from day one

Nurse Residency Program - The University of Kansas Hospital

Orientation and Training

As a new employee, you begin with a general orientation covering hospital culture, safety, our patient-first focus and more. You will also have the opportunity to meet our executive team and have lunch with your manager.

The Department of Nursing orientation is an interactive blend of hands-on experience, electronic education, case studies reflecting our patients' complex clinical conditions and specialty-area speakers. Participants enjoy the fast pace and variety of educational experiences the orientation offers.

During unit-specific orientation, you are paired with a preceptor. Our preceptors are formally trained to facilitate successful transition into the unit. Also, your unit educators will meet with you frequently to monitor your progress and provide support. Unit orientation is typically tailored to individual experience and clinical role.

Nurse Residency Program for New BSN Graduates

Matt Struempler, RN, graduated from The University of Kansas Hospital's nurse residency program and now serves as a mentor for new nursesMatt Struempler, RN, is a 2012 graduate of our nurse residency program. As a nurse on our Medical ICU, he now serves as a mentor to guide new nurses along their professional journey.

As part of the region's leading academic medical center, our nursing staff treat complex cases and provide specialized care to patients every day. New graduate nurses take part in our yearlong BSN Nurse Residency Program, which is specifically designed to help them adapt to a stimulating, fast-paced healthcare environment. Our commitment to nursing excellence has earned this program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Nurse residency program participants:

  • Meet monthly with hospital experts on topics such as patient outcomes, leadership and professional development
  • Review patient cases, conduct simulations and share experiences 
  • Lead small group activities focused on a broad range of topics tailored to your division and unit

As the year progresses, the program shifts its focus to evidence-based practices. During this time, residents work on a project, create a poster presentation highlighting project outcomes and present it at a special event.

Nurses who participate in the Nurse Residency Program report very high job satisfaction. As a result, retention rates for these nurses have been more than 95 percent for the past five years.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.
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