UW Health Nurse Residency Program Expectations

Requirements After Acceptance Into Nurse Residency Program

  • Report a GPA 3.0 or above on final transcripts from an accredited nursing school.
  • Residents must pass a health assessment, drug screen and criminal background check prior to employment.
  • Permanent Wisconsin RN License required before starting Nurse Residency Program.
  • NCLEX exam to be taken no later than two weeks prior to start date.
  • Nurse Residents are required to be CPR certified. If your CPR certification will expire within 30 days of hire, you may register for CPR recertification by calling the EMS Program at (608) 263-7259.
  • You will need to provide your CPR card at your Pre-Employee Paperwork appointment. (American Heart Association is preferred).
  • Associates Degree nurses hired are required to obtain their BSN within six (6) years of hire date.

Requirements During the Nurse Residency Program

  • Full-time (72-80 hours per bi-weekly) employment for the first year is expected.
  • Residents are expected to complete a full two years of employment at UW Health.
  • Prior to completion of the year-long Nurse Residency Program in your assigned clinical area you will not be eligible to transfer.
  • Residents are expected to fulfill obligations of a first-year member of the professional nursing staff on an assigned clinical service.
  • Residents are expected to develop and utilize mentor relationships.
  • The Nurse Residency Program includes multiple learning experiences in which Nurse Residents are expected to actively participate.


  • During the orientation part of the program, Nurse Residents will work based on their preceptor(s) schedule(s). Length of orientation is dependent on the clinical practice area and nurse resident needs.
  • Hospital-based Nurse Residents usually work a Day/Evening or Day/Night schedule. You may work all shifts during orientation for exposure in preparation for the shifts you may work upon completion of orientation. You may be assigned to work 8-, 10- or 12-hour shifts.
  • Some practice areas may include on-call requirements based on the operational needs of the individual area. Toward the end of your orientation, your manager will work with you to determine a Registered Nurse position for you based on current vacancies and the staffing needs of the clinical area. You may be moved into a Registered Nurse position in that clinical area or you may move into a position within a similar practice area.