Nurse Residency Program - Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)

What is the Nurse Residency Program Structure?
(See at the end of Q & A’s more specific information about the program.)

  • To facilitate the New Graduate Nurse transition from the role of students to professional nurse
  • 12-month Precepted Program
  • New Grad Nurse Residents hired into available New Grad position on a specific unit
  • Attend Hospital and Nurse Orientation
  • Assigned a Preceptor/Facilitator
  • Placed “in the count” per unity policy
  • Attend monthly 4-hour classroom activities
  • Develop an Evidence Based Practice Project at the end of the program


  • Salary: $ 51.83 per hour at 90% position (plus weekend, evening and night differentials)
  • Salary Increase: $ 54.42 (after completing six-months of employment with satisfactory evaluation)
  • Eligible for the Benefit Package: Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance, UC Retirement Pension Plan, Tax-Deferred Retirement Options, Tax Savings Programs, Continuing Education and Tuition Reimbursement and other plans and programs


  • Requires all New Grad Nurses graduated from a BSN or MSN program accredited by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NCNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing education (CCNE)
  • Must have California RN License by program start date
  • Must be first paid position as RN


I have a BSN from another country. Am I eligible for this program?

To determine if your program is accredited, please check on the CCNE or NLNAC database:

NLNAC: hhtp://


Can I submit my application without successfully passing the NCLEX?
It is not required to have your NCLEX during the application process.

Do I need to have taken the NCLEX before I start the New Graduate Residency Program?
Yes, all hires MUST have successfully passed NCLEX by the program start date. If the candidate does not pass the NCLEX by the start of the program, they will NOT be eligible to start.

For more information or questions, check the California Board of Registered Nursing website:

I will be graduating with a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) next year and have already passed the NCLEX exam. Am I eligible for the Nurse Residency Program?
No, you would not be eligible for the Nurse Residency Program if you have NOT graduated from your MSN program, even if you have your RN license. If you have graduated with your MSN, you would be eligible to apply for the Program.

I obtained a BSN from an ADN to BSN program or LPN to BSN program. Am I eligible for the Nurse Residency Program?
Yes, if you have NOT worked under your RN license.
No, if you have worked under your RN license.

Will you accept IP (Interim Permit)?
No, we will not accept an IP for this Program.

I will graduate and currently reside outside of California area. Am I eligible for the program?
Yes, out-of-state candidates are eligible for the program, if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Out-of-state applicants are highly encouraged to apply for California licensure at the time of their NCLEX. You must have California RN License by the program start date. If you do not have your California RN license by the program start date, offer will be withdrawn due to lack of licensure to practice in California by the start date.
For more information or questions, check the California Board of Registered Nursing website:

When can I apply for the “New’ Nurse Residency position?
The position will be posted for ONE WEEK ONLY! - check the website for the dates!

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Nurses help

  • Employment Website:
  • Search/Apply for Jobs Link
  • View Job Posting/Apply for Job
  • Under RN / New Grads Job Categories – Find NEW GRAD NURSE RESIDENCY position
  • Place in your Job Basket – Apply for Job in Basket to apply for position

For New Applicants, you will need to register (create) a new account (follow instructions on website).

What materials are required for the application process?

REQUIRED MATERIALS for the application process, in order to be considered for the program:
  • Complete entire on-line application
  • Cover Letter (Address Letter to: Nurse Recruitment)
  • Resume
    (To submit Cover Letter, Resume and Transcripts, you MUST submit as ONE DOCUMENT!)


  1. EDUCATION – School Name, Location of School, Type of Program, Month/Year Completed
  2. SENIOR PRECEPTORSHIP – Hospital Name, Department/Unit, Total Number of HOURS and Length of Time Frame (Month/Year Completed)
  3. CLINICAL ROTATIONS – Type, Hospital Name, Department/Unit, Total Number of HOURS and Length of Time Frame (Month/Year Completed)

NOTE:  DOCUMENT on resume any Internships, Externships, Volunteer, Leadership role, Community Services or Activities related to nursing that have contributed to your professional growth.

Example:  List your “unpaid” Clinical Experiences:

Type of Experience 

Approximate Dates

Total Hours

Name of Hospital and/or Institution

Name of Department or Department Description

Senior Preceptorship

March 2011 – May 2011

180 hours


Trauma Nursing Unit

Clinical Rotation

January 2011 – February 2011

110 hours


Med Surgery

Clinical Rotation

December 2010

90 hours



Clinical Rotation

November 2010

90 hours


Labor & Delivery /


June 2011 - August 2011

200 Hours




Once applications are submitted, what is the next process?
Once the Final Filing Date for the position closes, ALL application materials are thoroughly reviewed for completeness and eligibility requirements for the screening process. 

What happens after the screening process?
After pre-screening has been completed, Interviewing Committee Panel will review ALL the routed application's materials for each applicant. Interviewing Committee Panel will select the candidates they are interested with a formal interviewing process. The Interviewing Committee will contact the candidates to schedule an interview.

Once interviewing process is complete, what is the next step?
The top candidates will participate in pre-screen process with the SkillSurvey process (On-Line Reference Check). 

How long can the process take?
The entire process from the time you submit your application to start of the program can take approximately 3 months.

When do I hear if I’ve been selected to participate in the program?
Contingent offers of employment are typically made about six-weeks prior to the program state date. Individuals will be required to successfully complete the Background Check and Pre-Employment Physical Examination.

How do I know the status of my application?
The system generates a generic status.  You can return back to the on-line application to View Application Status.  

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This page displays current job status of each recruitment and does not necessarily reflect the status of your application.

Applied = Applications are being accepted but no review has taken place
Routed = The Recruiter has reviewed the applications and forwarded suitable candidates to the hiring manager for review
Interview = Candidates have been invited for interviews
Ready to Hire = A successful applicant has been selected for this position
Hire = Someone has been hired for this position

ELIGIBLE for an excellent BENEFIT Package

  • Competitive Base and Differential Pay
  • UC Retirement Pension Plan 
  • Tax-Deferred Retirement Options – 403(b), 457 Plans and DCP
  • Extensive Health Plans
  • Dental and Vision – no cost to employee and family
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life and Accident Insurance
  • Tax Savings Programs – Health flexible spending account, Dependent Care account, Pre-tax payroll deduction for monthly medical plan premiums, UC Retirement Savings Program
  • Other plans and Programs:
    • Employee-paid Legal Plan
    • Auto, Homeowner and Renter Insurance
    • ScholarShare:  California 529 Plan
  • Continuing Education and Tuition reimbursement


About the Nurse Residency Program