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Mimi Ryan, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Coordinator
New Graduate Nurse Residency Program
For questions about regarding an application
status or the hiring process, please contact
Human Resources at 303-602-2666
The New Graduate Nurse Residency Program at Denver Health is a 12-month educational program designed to help talented nursing graduates transition into professional practice.
The program begins three times per year based upon organizational need and is intended to support the professional development of ALL new graduate nurses hired into the hospital setting. The program is a supplement to our unit-based orientations.
We welcome new graduate nurses at Denver Health! We have successfully hired and oriented new graduate nurses in most units for many years. We are pleased to now offer our own Denver Health New Graduate Nurse Residency Program as a supplement to the unit-based orientation.
The New Graduate Nurse Residency Program is designed to help talented new nursing graduates transition from novice toward expert nurse. Our program offers a strategic mix of evidenced-based didactic and hands-on education, peer support and seasoned nurse mentorship. It is designed and conducted by talented nurse leaders from across the Denver Health organization. Not only will you grow in your patient care skills, you will also build your critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and leadership skills. In summary, you will receive strong support for your transition into your first year of nursing practice.
We are proud to share that we are an aspiring Magnet organization, intending to join the ranks of the top 8% of healthcare organizations in the United States. Our commitment to transformational leadership, structural empowerment, professional practice, new knowledge and innovation, and improvements, and our empirical outcomes is evident throughout our Department of Nursing and the Denver Health organization as a whole.
Our New Graduate Nurse Residency Program fits with the national recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (October, 2010). We are pleased that our opportunity allows us to hire new graduate nurses throughout the year as needs arise.
Our employees and volunteers as internal applicants have preference in hiring. This is not an exclusive practice as we do hire external new graduates too. Because we hire new grads throughout the year, we encourage you to visit our Career Center regularly.
Denver Health employees and volunteers with either BSN or ADN will be considered. Applicants who are not employed at Denver Health need to be BSN-prepared.
Once you apply, you will be entered into a pool of new graduate nurses. You may be selected to interview for our next vacant new graduate nurse positions. If you are offered a position on one of our units, you would also be accepted into the new graduate program.
Applicants must have NO previous RN experience since this is a training program for new grads who have never worked as an RN before. Candidates with any previous RN experience will not be considered for this nurse residency program. The successful candidate must commit to our new graduate program and to the unit assigned for a minimum of 2 years.
Denver Health is considered a model health care system. We have received numerous national awards for quality leadership and are one of the Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals for information technology use for 2011.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, eight community health centers, school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, an off-site 100 bed non-medical detoxification unit and the Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $4 billion in care for the uninsured since 1991. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of LEAN principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving nearly thirty percent of all Denver residents, or approximately 175,000 individuals and 37% of Denver’s children.
Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.
We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
Thank you for your interest in Denver Health!
Kathy Boyle, PhD, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
In accepting employment to Denver Health Medical Center as a new graduate nurse, a written agreement committing to continued employment to the original unit of hire for the duration of two years will be obtained. This time period includes the year of supplemental education and support within the New Graduate Resitrandency Program, as well as an additional year of employment following the successful completion of the program in order to ensure continued support from our nursing leadership throughout the course of the new graduate nurse’s transition into their professional nursing career.
Each of the specific inpatient hospital areas included in the New Graduate Residency program vary in their unique specialties. These areas include:
The class structure consists of one 4-hour class per month for the duration of the 12-month program. Each of the class sessions are taught by a team of nurse leaders who serve Denver Health in a variety of roles. The curriculum content has been developed from a review of current literature, identifying the common situational themes experienced by new graduate nurses and successful strategies to support adult learning. Key topics include:
Expectations of the program support the increasing level of engagement for each new graduate nurse into quality and/or performance improvement initiatives, committee participation, and professional portfolio development throughout the course of the year.
At the completion of the Residency Program, each new graduate nurse will be honored through a graduation ceremony acknowledging their successful transition and future commitment to the profession of nursing.
All new graduate nurses hired into the Denver Health Inpatient, Emergency, and Perioperative areas will be included in the Residency Program.
All new graduate nurse applications must be submitted through the New Graduate Nurse Residency posting. By applying to the New Graduate posting, the new graduate nurse applicant will be entered into a pool of applicants to be screened and considered for hire by nursing leadership as new graduate positions become available on each of the respective areas included in the Residency Program.
Please Note: This posting will be available at various times throughout the year as the need for new graduate nurses arises. If the posting is not available to you at this time, we encourage you to check again on a regular basis.
In accepting employment to Denver Health Medical Center as a New Graduate Nurse, a written agreement committing to continued employment to the original unit of hires for the duration of two years will be obtained. This time period includes the year of education within the New Graduate Residency Program, as well as an additional year of employment following the successful completion of the program in order to ensure continued support from our nursing leadership throughout the course of the New Graduate Nurse’s transition into their professional nursing career.
If you have a BSN and a current Colorado nursing license, please feel free to apply to any open position that is titled New Grad RN.
How do I apply for the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program?
I obtained a BSN from an ADN-BSN or LPN-BSN program. Am I eligible for the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program?
No, unfortunately, you are not eligible for the New Graduate Residency Program. However, please access the main listing of open nursing positions for additional opportunities to apply for employment at Denver Health Medical Center.
I graduated with my nursing degree 6 months ago and have been working in an outpatient clinic for only a few months. I desire to transition into the inpatient hospital setting and would like to be considered for the New Graduate Residency Program. Am I eligible to participate?
No, unfortunately you are not eligible for the Nurse Residency Program if you have already held employment as a Registered Nurse since your graduation date. However, please access the main listing of open nursing positions for additional opportunities to apply for employment at Denver Health Medical Center.
I will graduate next month or I currently reside outside of Colorado. Am I eligible to apply for the New Graduate Residency Program?
Yes, out-of state applicants are eligible to apply for the program. You are welcome to apply for the Nurse Residency Program once you have obtained your license as a Registered Nurse and it is officially posted to the Colorado Board of Nursing website or a participating compact state.
I submitted my application and am worried it was not received. How can I confirm you received all of my application?
Due to the volume of applicants, we are not able to confirm the receipt of individual emails, or provide updates on the status of applications. The Human Resources Department receives hundreds of applications on a continual basis for positions throughout the entire Denver Health organization. We are committed to providing quality customer service to our patients, their families, our employees, and our potential new hires.