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Versant RN Residency Program

Updated 11-25-14

FAQs

When is the next new grad RN residency?

The next cohort starts March 9, 2015. Plans for a cohort after this date are unknown.

How do I apply?

The openings for the RN residency program will soon appear on our web site as "New Grad RN" position. We expect that they will be posted for only 5 days so check the web site several times a week. There is space to indicate more than one unit of choice on the same application. Please do not submit multiple applications. If you are contacted by Human Resources for an interview , you will need to present 1) at least one letter of recommendation from a recent clinical instructor, 2) at least one letter of personal reference, 3) your current BLS card issued by the American Heart Association with an expiration date of August 2015 or beyond, and 4) sealed, official school transcripts or if these are not available yet, an unofficial set. An RN license is not needed to apply for a position but if an offer of employment is made, a California RN license must be posted on the BRN web site by March 2, 2015. Applications are automatically disqualified if the "general information" questions are incomplete so please proof read your work.

What qualifications do I need?

Recent graduates with a BSN or higher are welcome to apply. While an RN license is not needed to submit an application, if a position is offered, a California RN license must be posted on the BRN web site by March 2. You also need to have a current American Heart Association BLS card with an expiration date of August 2015 or beyond.

What nursing areas are available?

Please indicate your preferred unit(s) and shift on your application. New grads are not placed in the OR, L&D, NICU, and some other areas as well.

What is the schedule?

The residency is an 18 week, paid program that requires a full time commitment and much flexibility on your part with scheduling. It does not include time off for vacations.

What's a typical week like for an RN resident?

Approximately once a week for 18 weeks on varying days and times, residents attend a block of "core" classes. Core classes are those programs that apply to all residents, e.g., blood administration, evidence-based practice, diabetes management. During the same week as core classes, residents may also be scheduled to attend unit-specific classes on varying days and times, e.g., care of the ventilated patient (ICU residents), emergency triage (ED residents), care of the shoulder surgery patient (Med/Surg Orthopedics residents). Our goal is to give you a structured classroom-based education that supports your clinical experiences with the majority of your time being spent on your unit. (Residents hired for the night shift are scheduled so that they may attend the daytime classes.) At various times in the residency, a typical week will also include a group support session. These "debriefing" sessions give residents a comfortable and confidential setting to discuss any issues of importance with a skilled facilitator. Periodically, your schedule will also include various four-hour observational visits to related units or departments, e.g., Emergency Department, Cath Lab, Wound Care. This experience, known as "looping," gives you a broad perspective of what occurs in other departments. Another aspect of your schedule will include mentoring circles. Mentoring circles offer you information on how to develop a plan for your future professional and educational goals.

What will the residency do for me?

Our residency is a great way to transition from the role of student nurse to professional nurse. During the 18 week, full-time paid residency you receive classes, precepted clinical time, observation time on related units, mentoring, and group support meetings - all of which support you in your new career. This residency will give you confidence, competence, safety, and friendships.

Do you offer a sign-on and/or relocation bonus?

We do not offer a sign-on nor relocation bonus for the RN Residency.

Do you accept faxed or US mailed applications?

Ours is an on-line only application process.

Suggestions for new grads

We encourage new grads to keep an open mind to various employment opportunities. Joining professional nursing organizations is a good way to network as is volunteering. Now might be a good time to pursue your BSN or MSN. We wish you the best of luck during these challenging employment times.

Where can I get more information about Versant?

www.versant.org