The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is a structured program that facilitates the transition of new-to-practice nurses (“graduate nurses”) into the role of the professional nurse through fostering growth and development in the areas of clinical leadership, quality outcomes, and professionalism. 

All residencies require commitment to full participation in the program.

To apply, visit www.pennstatehealth.org/careers and use keyword Graduate Nurse!

For questions please contact NurseRecruitment@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

Penn State Health hosted a series of information sessions on each of the Graduate Nurse Residencies offered at our hospitals.

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 13-month program is offered three times a year: February, July and October.

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. 

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 posses either a Temporary Practice Permit, or 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)
    • 4 Acute Care (Stroke/Neurology/Neurosurgery/ENT/Plastics)
    • 5 Acute Care (Surgical)
    • 6 Acute Care (Medical)
    • Family and Community Medicine Acute Care (Inpatient)
    • Penn State Cancer Institute (Inpatient)
  • Adult Intensive Care 
    • Heart & Vascular Institute Critical Care
    • Heart & Vascular Progressive Care
    • Neuroscience Critical Care
    • Medical Intensive Care
    • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Adult Intermediate Care 
    • Medical Intermediate Care
    • Surgical Intermediate Care)
  • Pediatrics
    • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    • Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit 
    • Pediatric Surgical Care Unit
    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    • Pediatric Acute Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Perioperative Orientation Course (Operating Room)

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™, 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 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 & Pediatrics 

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