Graduate Nurse Residency Program by entity

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

As members of Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, Hershey Medical Center’s Graduate Nurse Residency program offers both classroom and hands-on learning designed to bolster graduate nurses’ competencies, while also ensuring their comfort with the Medical Center’s practice standards.

The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is a 12 month full-time RN position that creates a seamless educational transition into the nursing world. This position offers an exceptional experience for new RN graduates to continue to learn and grow in their nursing career while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care to a designated group of patients. Graduate Nurses are expected to remain full-time on one unit for the entire year of the program, as well as actively participate in all learning opportunities that are offered. Graduate nurses enter the program during their general nursing orientation, and program participation continues through their unit specific orientation and first year of practice. 

During the residency, Graduate Nurses participate in 12 topical seminars, through which graduate nurses experience an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie as they share insight on their personal and professional growth.  As part of their professional development, participants are expected to attend all 12 seminars, complete a professional development plan, and present an evidence-based practice project upon program completion.  Program seminars also provide networking opportunities for graduate nurses with other program participants, expert facilitators, and mentors. 

Interviews for the Graduate Nurse Residency Program are conducted weekly with hiring occurring on a rolling basis.

Graduate Nurses are able to start each month, and will be placed into one of our four residency classes. The residency offers full pay and benefits effective the first day of hire, along with tuition reimbursement. The Residency is offered throughout the year with the cohorts starting quarterly.

Application Requirements:

To be eligible for the Graduate Nurse Residency, candidates must have graduated with either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, have no previous experience working as a licensed RN, and must start the program within one year of completing their nursing degree.

Must possess a Registered Nurse license to practice professional nursing in the state of Pennsylvania prior to residency start date.

Please include a cover letter, resume, unofficial/official transcripts, and clinical narrative with your application.

New graduates are hired on the following units:

  • Adult Acute Care 
    • 3 Acute Care (Ortho/Emergency and General Surgery/Trauma/Internal Medicine)
      • This is a 53-bed acute care unit where nurses care for patients admitted to the services of trauma and emergency general surgery, in addition to bariatric patients from all service and overflow admissions of all medical and surgical specialties.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification.
        Orientation is tailored to the nurse’s individual educational needs. Staff development is ongoing through programs designed to create an extraordinary work environment and to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
        Professional advancement includes opportunities to explore a variety of roles and experiences, offering new nurses the chance to grow and encouraging experienced nurses to lead. A commitment to shared governance empowers all nurses to take the lead on issues such as patient safety, clinical practice, professional development, education, performance improvement, and evidence-based practice, providing the foundation for excellence in patient care.
        Nurses are central to a collaborative practice environment, working with physicians, advanced practice providers, respiratory therapists, social workers, dietitians, pastoral caregivers and numerous other disciplines in order to provide exceptional care.

    • 4 Acute Care (Stroke/Neurology/Neurosurgery/ENT/Plastics)
      • This is a 48-bed acute care unit where nurses care for patients from a variety of surgical specialties including orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastics, urology, nephrology and neurosurgery. The unit includes four epilepsy monitoring beds.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification

    • 5 Acute Care (Surgical)
      • This is a 47-bed acute care unit where nurses care for patients from a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Medical specialties include gastroenterology, bariatrics, internal medicine, and gynecology oncology. Surgical specialties include colon and rectal, trauma, emergency general surgery, bariatric, transplant, neurosurgery and surgical oncology.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification.

    • 6 Acute Care (Medical)
      • This is a 44-bed acute care unit where nurses care for patients from a variety of medical specialties including internal medicine, family and community medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, palliative care, and nephrology. The clinical unit also specialized in the care of adult patients with cystic fibrosis.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification.

    • Family and Community Medicine Acute Care (Inpatient)
      • This is an 14 bed acute care unit where nurses care for patients from a variety of medical specialties including internal medicine, family and community medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, palliative care, and nephrology.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification.

    • Penn State Cancer Institute (Inpatient)
      • This is a 39-bed acute care unit where nurses care for patients with hematological and oncologic malignancies and those receiving stem cell transplants. Special training is provided for chemotherapy administration and the management of emerging cancer-directed therapies.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification.

  • Adult Intensive Care 
    • Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care
      • This is a 30-bed intensive care unit where nurses care for patients with cardiac critical care diagnoses. In addition, nurses care for patients with a wide variety of mechanical circulatory support devices, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), biventricular assist devices (Bi-VAD), right ventricular assist devices (RVAD), total artificial hearts, and intra-aortic balloon pumps.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification and ACLS.

    • Heart and Vascular Progressive Care
      • This is a 24-bed mixed-acuity unit where nurses care for cardiovascular patients undergoing treatment for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve replacements, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) procedures, vascular bypass grafting, heart failure, myocardial infarction (MI), and heart transplant.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification and ACLS.

    • Neuroscience Critical Care
      • This is a 31-bed mixed-acuity unit where nurses provide critical care for neurology and neurosurgery patients undergoing treatments, for strokes, brain tumors, head traumas, seizures, neuro oncology, advanced neurological monitoring, and other neuromuscular disorders.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification and ACLS.

    • Medical Intensive Care
      • This is a 16-bed intensive care unit where nurses care for patients undergoing critical treatment for multi-system organ failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, acute renal/liver failure, acid-base and electrolyte imbalances, diabetes mellitus, substance use disorder, and post cardiac arrest hypothermia.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification and ACLS.

    • Perianesthesia
      • This is a 66-bed intensive care unit where nurses care for patients before and after a wide variety of surgeries, including the specialties of: general surgery, dental/oral surgery, gynecologic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and urologic surgery.  
        Nurses provide perioperative assessments and preparations for surgery in the 42-bed same day admission unit.
        Nurses provide care for patients recovering from general or regional anesthesia in the 24-bed post-anesthesia care unit.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, ACLS, and PALS.

    • Surgical Intensive Care
      • This is a 30-bed intensive care unit where nurses provide critical care for patients admitted to general surgery, trauma, transplant and surgical services. Specialties include orthopedics, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) patients.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification and ACLS.

  • Adult Intermediate Care 
    • Medical Intermediate Care
      • This is a 20-bed mixed-acuity unit where nurses care for patients undergoing treatment for multi-system organ failure, respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, renal/liver failure, acid-base and electrolyte imbalances, diabetes mellitus, and substance use disorder.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification and ACLS.

    • Surgical Intermediate Care
      • This is a 16-bed mixed-acuity unit where nurses care for patients admitted to general surgery, trauma, transplant and surgical services. Specialties include orthopedics, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) patients.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification and ACLS.

  • Pediatrics
    • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
      • This Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is an 18-bed unit where nurses provide critical care for premature infants. Nurses care for patients undergoing ventilation support, including the use of high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide therapy, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), cardiac, surgical, renal and neurological treatment.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification, PALS, ACLS, and a strong desire to care for children and their families.

    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
      • This is an 18-bed intensive care unit where nurses care for patients from infancy through 18 years of age undergoing critical care treatment for trauma, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), neurosurgery, and other conditions.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license and professional nursing certification, PALS, ACLS, and a strong desire to care for children and their families.

    • Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit 
      • The PIMCU is a 2021 AACN Gold Beacon Award winner.  This 18-bed unit provides intermediate and intensive level of care to a diverse interactive patient population.  The top five diagnoses seen are chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe acute asthma, acute respiratory distress, and chronic respiratory failure. The unit also provides care to children who experience physical trauma, have eating disorders, mental health concerns, gastrointestinal disorders, and scoliosis.

    • Pediatric Surgical Care Unit
      • This is an 18-bed unit where nurses care for patients from infancy through 18 years of age undergoing surgical treatment at both the acute and intermediate levels of care from pediatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, urology and plastic surgery specialties.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, PALS, ACLS, and a strong desire to care for children and their families.

    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
      • This is an 18-bed unit where nurses care for patients from infancy through 18 years of age undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer, blood disorders, neurosurgery, nephrology, and solid organ transplant. Special training is provided for chemotherapy administration and the management of emerging cancer-directed therapies.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, PALS, and a strong desire to care for children and their families.

    • Pediatric Acute Care
      • This is an 18-bed acute care unit where nurses care for patients from infancy through 18 years of age undergoing treatment in general pediatrics, hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant, cardiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, rheumatology, pulmonary, neurology, pediatric surgery/trauma, orthopedics, otolaryngology surgery, plastics/reconstructive surgery and urology.
        Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, PALS, and a strong desire to care for children and their families.

  • Women’s Health
    • This is a 30-bed unit with five labor and delivery rooms, two caesarean section rooms, four triage beds, a newborn nursey and a transitional nursery. Nurses provide care to patients admitted to the gynecology, gynecology/oncology, antepartum, labor and delivery, and postpartum specialties including mother/baby couplets and transitional newborns.
      Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, ACLS, and PALS.

  • Emergency Department
    • This is a 60-bed unit where nurses care for patients undergoing emergent and urgent care for acute and chronic conditions in a wide variety of acuity levels. The Emergency Department is a Level 1 Regional Trauma Center treating more than 70,000 patients annually.


      Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, ACLS, and PALS.

      • Emergency Department Observation Unit

        • This is a 12-bed unit where nurses care for adult patients undergoing short-term observation for conditions such as allergic reactions, asthma, cellulitis, chest pain, hyperglycemia, dehydration, seizures, pneumonia, and substance use disorder. Pediatric patients are observed for conditions such as croup, bronchiolitis, asthma, dehydration and accidental ingestion.
          Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, ACLS, and PALS.

  • Pediatric Emergency Department
    • This is a 12-bed unit where nurses care for patients from infancy through 18 years of age undergoing emergent and urgent care for acute and chronic conditions in a wide variety of acuity levels. The pediatric emergency department is a Level 1 Pediatric Regional Trauma Center treating more than 20,000 patients annually.
      Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, PALS, and a strong desire to care for children and their families.

  • Perioperative Orientation Course (Operating Room)
    • The operating room consists of 34 surgical suites and 4 procedure rooms. Nurses care for patients undergoing surgery in the following specialties: general, vascular, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic, orthopedic, otolaryngology, transplant, gynecology, urology, plastic and reconstructive, and pediatric surgery. The operating room is central to the surgical cared provided to trauma patients at our Level I Regional Trauma Center. The operating room completes over 20,000 produces annually.
      Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, ACLS, and PALS.

  • Pediatric Perianesthesia

    • This is a 28-bed intensive care unit where nurses care for patients from infancy through 18 years of age prior to and following surgery. Pre- and post-surgical care is provided to service lines including otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric pulmonary, pediatric surgery and urology. Nurses on this team rotate through pre-operative and post-operative areas.
      Preferred experience includes GN and/or RN license, professional nursing certification, PALS, ACLS, and a strong desire to care for children and their families.

For more information, please contact Allison Scheetz, Nurse Recruiter at ascheetz@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Hampden Medical Center

As members of Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, Hampden Medical Center’s Graduate Nurse Residency program offers both classroom and hands-on learning designed to bolster graduate nurses’ competencies, while also ensuring their comfort with the Medical Center’s practice standards. Graduate nurse residents enter the program during their general nursing orientation, and program participation continues through their unit specific orientation and first year of practice. During the residency, graduate nurses participate in 13 topical seminars, through which graduate nurses experience an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie as they share insight on their personal and professional growth. As part of their professional development, participants are expected to attend all 13 seminars, complete a professional development plan, and present an evidence-based practice project upon program completion. Program seminars also provide networking opportunities for graduate nurses with other program participants, expert facilitators, and mentors.

Nursing orientation is offered monthly – new graduates can start as soon as Temporary Practice Permit or Permanent RN licensure is obtained.

For more information, please contact Katy Rush, Recruiter at krush2@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

New graduates are hired on the following units:

  • Emergency Department
  • Women’s Health
  • Critical Care
  • Medical / Surgical
  • Intermediate Care Unit
  • Clinical Decision/Observation Unit

Holy Spirit Medical Center

As members of Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, Holy Spirit Medical Center’s Graduate Nurse Residency program offers both classroom and hands-on learning designed to bolster graduate nurses’ competencies, while also ensuring their comfort with the Medical Center’s practice standards. Graduate nurse residents enter the program during their general nursing orientation, and program participation continues through their unit specific orientation and first year of practice. During the residency, graduate nurses participate in 13 topical seminars, through which graduate nurses experience an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie as they share insight on their personal and professional growth. As part of their professional development, participants are expected to attend all 13 seminars, complete a professional development plan, and present an evidence-based practice project upon program completion. Program seminars also provide networking opportunities for graduate nurses with other program participants, expert facilitators, and mentors.

Nursing orientation is offered monthly – new graduates can start as soon as Temporary Practice Permit or Permanent RN licensure is obtained.

For more information, please contact Samantha Leiss, Recruiter at sleiss@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

New graduates are hired on the following units:

  • Medical/Surgical
  • Telemetry
  • Float Pool
  • Emergency Department
  • Adult Intensive Care Unit
  • Progressive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac Specialty Care Unit
  • Trauma Orthopedics
  • Neuro/Trauma/Stroke
  • Operating Room
  • PACU

St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center has partnered with the Pennsylvania Action Coalition and Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (ANCC) to develop a robust Nurse Residency Program to support our nurses as they transition into the professional nurse role. The program focuses on leadership, quality outcomes, and the professional nurse role. The 12-month program is offered four times per year: January, May, July, and October.

Graduate nurses will attend monthly educational seminars that assist in development of critical thinking skills related to clinical judgement and performance as well as strengthen the nurse resident’s clinical nursing leadership at point of care.

Please include a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and clinical narrative with your application.

New graduates are hired on the following units:

  • 1 North (Medical, Surgical, Oncology)
  • 1 South (Medical, Surgical)
  • 2 North (Medical/Surgical, Cardiac, Intermediate Care)
  • Emergency Department
  • Critical Care
  • Family Birthing Center
  • NICU and Pediatrics 

For more information specific to St. Joseph's Nurse Residency Program, click here.