Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The 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.

Welcome

Chief Nursing OfficerWe welcome graduate nurses at Denver Health! We have successfully hired and oriented graduate nurses in most units for many years. We are pleased to now offer our own Denver Health Graduate Nurse Residency Program as a supplement to the unit-based orientation.

The 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 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 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 graduates too. Because we hire grads throughout the year, we encourage you to visit our Career Center regularly.

Denver Health employees and volunteers with a BSN will be considered.

Once you apply, you will be entered into a pool of graduate nurses. You may be selected to interview for our next vacant graduate nurse positions. If you are offered a position on one of our units, you would also be accepted into the graduate program.

Applicants must have NO previous RN experience since this is a training program for 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 graduate program and to the unit assigned for a minimum of two 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!

Sincerely,

Kathy Boyle, PhD, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Denver Health

Overview

In accepting employment to Denver Health Medical Center as a 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 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 graduate nurse’s transition into their professional nursing career.

Specialties

Each of the specific inpatient hospital areas included in the Graduate Residency program vary in their unique specialties.  These areas include:

  • Adult Medical/Surgical Units
    • A.C.U.T.E. Eating Disorders
    • Correctional Care Medical Facility (CCMF)
    • General Medicine
    • General Surgery
    • Neuroscience/Orthopedics/Surgery
    • Oncology
    • Rehabilitation
    • Telemetry
  • Critical Care Units
    • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
    • Progressive Care Unit (PCU)
    • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
    • Emergency Department and Clinical Transition Unit (CTU)
  • Perioperative Services
    • Operating Room (OR)
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Women’s and Children’s Services
    • Labor and Delivery
    • Mom and Baby
    • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Course Structure

The course 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:

  • Patient safety
  • Patient experience
  • Resiliency
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Critical thinking
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional development
  • Change management
  • High functioning teams

Expectations of the program support the increasing level of engagement for each 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 graduate nurse will be honored through a graduation ceremony acknowledging their successful transition and future commitment to the profession of nursing.

Requirements

Applicants must have a BSN and NO previous RN experience since this is a training program for 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.

All graduate nurses hired into the Denver Health Inpatient, Emergency, and Perioperative areas will be included in the Residency Program.

All graduate nurse applications must be submitted through the Graduate Nurse Residency posting. By applying to the Graduate posting, the graduate nurse applicant will be entered into a pool of applicants to be screened and considered for hire by nursing leadership as 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 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 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 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 Graduate Nurse’s transition into their professional nursing career.

Application Process

If you have a BSN and Colorado or compact state nursing license, please feel free to apply to any open position that is titled Grad RN.

FAQs

I will graduate next month or I currently reside outside of Colorado. Am I eligible to apply for the 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.

Vision

As nurses, we are dedicated to providing excellent care and optimizing health and healing through the collaboration of inter-professional teams that support patient, family and community centered care.

Values

  • Challenging, satisfying and compassionate work
  • The diversity of the team, patients and families that we serve
  • Being a valued member of an inter-professional team
  • Autonomy, professional development, and leadership
  • High quality, cost effective care
  • Healthy, safe work environment.