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Nurse Residency Program

We’re the most trusted name in healthcare for 19 counties and 90 locations.  Since we’re always growing, we’re always looking for nurses to join us in our mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care.

Nurse Residency at West Tennessee Healthcare
Welcome to the nurse residents program at West Tennessee Healthcare.
Our Nurse Residency Program (NRP):

  • Is designed to support you as a new nurse in gaining confidence and skill as you transition into your career as a professional nurse at West Tennessee Healthcare
  • Is 6 months in length with three cohorts a year: January, June, and September
  • Is an intense orientation giving nurse residents the ability to focus on areas that match their interests and career goals
  • Addresses topics such as evidence-based nursing, leadership, patient outcomes, critical thinking, stress management, nursing professional development, and more

We achieved the global standard for residency programs that transitions registered nurses into new practice settings.

What sets our Nurse Residency Program apart from others:

  • The program accepts new nurses who are scheduled to take but have not finished their boards.
  • New nurses have the opportunity to give care in a variety of settings before choosing a specialty.

ANCC PTAP Distinction LogoWest Tennessee Healthcare Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

The current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  1. Jackson Madison County General Hospital
  2. Bolivar General Hospital
  3. Dyersburg Hospital
  4. Volunteer Hospital

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  1. Medical Surgical
  2. Progressive Care
  3. Critical Care
  4. Main Operating Room
  5. Emergency Department
  6. Labor and Delivery
  7. Neonatal ICU
  8. Mother/ Baby


Nurse residents are oriented to our system and gain experience in multiple departments and hospitals during the 2 month rotation period of the NRP.

The Nurse Residency Program (NRP) exists to support the mission and vision of West Tennessee Healthcare. The program is for new graduates from an accredited school of nursing with less than six months experience. Nurse residents (NR) have the option to be placed at any of our seven participating hospitals. The program is six months long, and consists of two phases.

Phase 1 – First 9 weeks: General orientation, competencies and rotations are based on preferences.

  • Find your team!
  • Exposure to multiple departments based on areas of interest and career goals. See our workplace settings for nurse residency placement.
  • Options to experience any hospital in our system

Phase 2 – Months 2-6: Home Placement, Unit Specific Orientation and Program Completion

  • Continued Support from program leadership, individualized goals, educational classes and opportunities for continued engagement.
  • Continued follow ups and Mentorship from Nurse Resident Coordinators, along with required educational classes and points of contact

Due to the structure of the NRP, certain classes are required before advancement into another class or to certain units. Therefore, nurse residents must be committed to being present for each stage of the residency. Upon acceptance to the program, nurse residents are employees of West Tennessee Healthcare and are expected to meet the requirements of any other employee regarding compliance to attendance, performance, policies, and procedures.

Nurse Residents are expected to:

  • Commit to a full-time work schedule (36-48 hours per week)
  • Attend all core classes and complete assignments within established timeframes
  • Develop and utilize mentoring relationships that promote professional development
  • Actively participate in general and specific learning experiences
  • Demonstrate safe patient care behaviors and effective decision-making

West Tennessee Healthcare is making a significant investment in your education and competency as a new nurse. In exchange, you are expected to become a part of our care team who is engaged, committed to patient safety and patient satisfaction. A 24-month contract will be required for this reason. This contract will be between the nurse resident and West Tennessee Healthcare. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the nurse recruitment staff in Human Resources at 731-265-1120.

To be considered for the Nurse Residency Program, graduates must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited school of nursing
  • Be applying for the first formal work experience as a registered nurse
  • Complete the West Tennessee Healthcare online application
  • Submit a current resume outlining relevant clinical and work experience
  • Attach a cover letter stating short-term and long-term goals for nursing career, reasons for interest in the Nursing Residency Program, and reasons for interest in working at West Tennessee Healthcare
  • You may start in a Graduate Nurse role. However, once your Authorization to Test (ATT) is received, National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) should be scheduled as soon as possible
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification must be from the American Heart Association and current preferable three months post-graduation

Applicants will be contacted with interview details, date, and time.

What to bring to your interview:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Two letters of recommendation, one professional and one personal
  • Current BLS card

West Tennessee Healthcare Nurse Residency is a great place to start your journey!

West Tennessee Healthcare is a system of seven hospitals, and serves as a clinical site for 8 schools of nursing, employs over 7,000 healthcare professionals, and serves approximately 500,000 residents. 

Next cohorts: 

January 17, 2022


2019 cohorts:




Teresa Freeman, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer & Clinical Informatics Officer


Ginger Keymon, MSN, RN
Director of Education


Hannah Greilich, BSN, RN
Nurse Resident Coordinator


Lisa Kinkade, BA
Nurse Recruiter


Shawn Vincent, BSN, RN
Nurse Resident Coordinator