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Nursing Residency Program

Virginia Mason is proud to offer a program to help newly licensed nurses successfully transition into clinical practice. We have opportunities in Ambulatory, Perioperative, and Inpatient Nursing settings.

We are committed to helping you successfully navigate your professional nursing journey. We have partnered with Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program to guide our new nurses in gaining confidence and increasing skills during this 12-month program. Your well-being as a new nurse is enhanced through hands-on training and clinicial experiences.

As a newly licensed nurse at Virginia Mason you will receive preceptorship from an experienced nurse, build relationships with peers and participate in engaging learning experiences in a supportive cohorted environment. The interactive sessions use evidence-based curriculum and will increase your ability to: use effective decision-making skills, provide clinical nursing leadership when administering care, incorporate research-based evidence into practice, and strengthen professional commitment to nursing.

Our 12 month residency offers an individualized professional development plan, 8-10 week orientation, includes a variety of units, 36 hour shift assignments per week, and no contract is required. 
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New to Specialty Orientations

For new or experienced RNs moving to a different practice area, Virginia Mason offers New to Specialty orientation. We offer orientations in Ambulatory, Med/Surg, Monitored Units, Critical Care, Oncology, Procedural, Perioperative and Emergency departments.  
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PeriOp
This orientation is for RNs new to the Operating Room specialty. The orientation is a comprehensive blended education program that has been developed by AORN and combines a standardized, evidence-based online curriculum and textbook reading with hands-on skills labs and clinical practicum. 
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Emergency Room 
This orientation will begin on day shift working two shifts on the unit per week. You will attend nursing skills labs and online courses pertinent to emergency nursing (including ENA modules). Once all in-person skills labs are completed you may switch to night shift. You will work 40 hours per week during the entire 10-13 week orientation. 
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Critical Care  This orientation will begin on day shift and work two shifts per week on the unit. You will attend nursing skills labs that are key to critical care nursing. You will also be required to work to ECCO standards (online learning modules specific to critical care). Once all in person skills labs are completed you will switch to night shift. You will work 40 hours per week during the entire 10-12 week orientation.
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Procedural  In this orientation you will attend nursing skills labs relevant to the procedural specialty, including Interventional Radiology, Cardiac Cath Lab and Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab, Therapeutic GI Procedures/Jones, Diagnostic GI Procedures/ Buck 3, Cardiovascular Lab, and more. This is an 8-12 week orientation and varies by specialty.
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Ambulatory
The Ambulatory orientation prepares procedural, outpatient and care manager RNs for their roles. You will attend workshops highlighting ambulatory concepts that will provide context for your practice. You will work with a preceptor and professional development specialist to complete an individualized orientation plan. This is a 10-12 week orientation. 
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Med/Surg
Your orientation and residency will be a time of learning, training and opportunities to expand your practice. The orientation is a blended model that includes preceptor-led on-unit orientation, RN skills labs and weekly connections with unit leaders and a professional development specialist. This is an 8 week orientation.
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Monitored Units This orientation will begin on the day shift working 2-3 shifts on the unit per week. You will attend nursing skills labs and be required to complete online learning modules specific to the unit. You may work up to 40 hours per week. This is a 5-11 week orientation and varies depending on experience.
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Oncology This orientation provides RNs with no prior chemo/biotherapy or oncology experience with a general orientation, including oncology specific training courses to Acute Care Oncology (inpatient) or Oncology Infusion Services (outpatient). Upon completion of at least 6 months oncology nursing experience you will take the ONS/ONCC chemo certificate course.
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Diem "I chose to become a nurse because I truly enjoy helping others. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing patients progress and feel better. The gratitude they express toward you for helping them during their time of discomfort is rewarding." 
Aaron "The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I've made a difference and had a positive impact on a person's life. I come from a family of teachers and caregivers, so nursing comes natural to me."
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Kimberly "I feel so honored that I get to be at the patients' bedside during some of their toughest times and help them reach their goals. I want to help educate patients to get better and lead a healthy lifestyle when they return home. 
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