Versant RN Residency Program
When is the next new grad RN residency?
The next cohort starts March 9, 2015. Plans for a cohort after this date
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?