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    The Sutter Health Nurse Residency Program at North Valley

    1. What is the Sutter Health Nurse Residency Program at North Valley program?
      At Sutter Health, nurses are essential to the success of our mission: enhancing the health and well-being of the communities we serve. We attract the best providers of nursing care by offering practice opportunities in the finest facilities with extensive resources for quality patient care. In addition, a nursing career at Sutter Health offers tremendous opportunities for growth and development; wherever you choose to direct your nursing career…it can all happen here.

      A one-year program, the Nurse Residency uses a series of learning and work experiences to support nurses with less than one year of experience as they transition into their first professional positions. The program is designed for direct care roles in the hospital acute care setting.
    2. What are the purposes of the Sutter Health Nurse Residency Program at North Valley Program?
      • Support – We want our nurses to feel supported and to be safe at the bedside. New or recent graduates in the Sutter Health Nurse Residency Program will be offered support for their learning and the development of their competence at the bedside. Clinical experience at the bedside will be enhanced with simulation and skills labs every month over a twelve-month period.
      • Confidence- New graduates or newly employed RNs will build confidence not only through learning skills of a professional evidence-based practicing nurse, but they will develop the connection and camaraderie with fellow nurse residents and experienced RN education specialists. Caring for patients and being new to a team is exciting! It can also create anxiety and fear for a newly practicing nurse. Building solid relationships where RN residents can share those feelings builds a sense of belonging and confidence as a Sutter Health professional nurse.
    3. Who is eligible for the program?
      This is a training opportunity for recently graduated nurses with less than one year of acute care experience. Graduates awaiting notification about passing NCLEX and being issued a California RN license from the CA Board of Registered Nursing may apply, assuming the RN position is contingent on having their RN License before the designated start date.
    4. How do I apply for the program?
      Job applications must be submitted via our website: www.checksutterfirst.org.  Search for keywords:  “nurse residency program”.   Please make sure you thoroughly answer all questions. If applicable, please disclose ALL working experience in a role that required an RN license. Please include a copy of your resume and cover letter. Because there is limited space to attach documents to your on-line application, we ask that you please save letters of recommendation for if/when you are selected for an interview. Keep in mind that whatever you submit will be seen by the Recruiter and Hiring Managers. Please double-check your spelling and grammar.
    5. How long is the Sutter Health Nurse Residency Program at North Valley program?
      In parallel with unit orientation, the residents come together monthly for twelve months. The sessions are conducted in the clinical simulation lab and are highly interactive. Beyond the first year, residents will continue to participate in on-going training, education, and support offered to all Sutter Health nurses.
    6. What hours and shift is a Sutter Health Nurse Residency Program at North Valley participant expected to work?
      The role of a resident is a full-time employed role. Program participants must attend all sessions of the residency in addition to their shifts on their unit. Shifts vary depending on the needs of the patients and the unit in which the resident works. The residency program schedule for each quarter will be provided upon hire. Residents are hired in groups or “cohorts”. Development of relationships is key. Therefore, attending all sessions is required and will yield the highest level of confidence and support for your nursing practice.
    7. When will the postings be up and where would I find it?
      Please look for open positions and application directions on our website one to two months prior to each start date at www.checksutterfirst.org.  Search using keywords:  “nurse residency program”.
    8. How often is this program offered?
      Sutter Health offers the Nurse Residency program each calendar quarter.

    We are offering an opportunity for a career home, here at Sutter Health. We look forward to bringing together the people that believe in and demonstrate our values of teamwork, compassion and excellence. We thank you for your interest in the program!