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Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™

The Nursing Administration at University Health is proud to offer a Nurse Residency Program, which introduces the new graduate to the nursing profession by providing clinical and leadership training and support as the nurse transitions to a full partner on the healthcare team. University Health has partnered with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ to provide resources to help our new nurses gain confidence and increase competence during this 12-month program. As part of the program, University Health will provide new graduates with support and development in the following ways:

  • Provide a standardized curriculum of classroom and simulation.
  • Monthly seminars and specialty courses designed for your specific unit. Topics to be covered include patient safety, evidence-based practice, procedure specifics, time management techniques, conflict resolution techniques, communication skills, stress management techniques and professional development training.
  • Provide a structured clinical orientation with a preceptor(s) along with consistent preceptor feedback. You will have a preceptor(s) or mentor(s) support person during the Nurse Residency Program.
  • Provide a venue for RN role development as well as nursing survival skills.
  • Provide a setting for relationship building with other new graduates using a cohort model.
  • Monthly meetings with your Nurse Residency coordinator and preceptor for progress reports.
  • Mentorship while completing a facilitated evidence-based practice project.
  • Paid salary and benefits for hours worked while in the Nurse Residency Program.

Program requirements

To be considered for the program, residents should:

  • Hold an associates or bachelor's in nursing science from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Licensed as a registered nurse in Missouri or eligible to take the NCLEX within 90 days of graduation.
  • Be a nurse for less than one year.
  • Commit to the one-year residency program.

Nurses who apply for a specific RN position and have less than one year of experience as a nurse will automatically be placed into the Nurse Residency Program.

Antoinette EdwardsIf you have any questions about the program, please reach out to Antoinette Edwards, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Nurse Residency Program Manager at or (816) 404-6036


  • Nurse Residency Program positions are listed as residency clinical nurse RN.
  • New graduate nurses are hired into all clinical areas, including specialty areas, depending on need.
  • A new cohort starts three times a year - January, June, and August.

Apply today