RN Residency Program

2021 Winter Cohort XIX
2021 Summer Cohort XX
  • Start Date July 6, 2021
  • Applications Open – January 25, 2021
2021 Summer Cohort XXI
  • Start Date July 19, 2021
  • Applications Open – January 25, 2021
2021 Summer Cohort XXII
  • Start Date August 2, 2021
  • Applications Open – January 25, 2021
2021 Fall Cohort XXIII
  • Start Date October 21, 2021
  • Applications Open – June 1, 2021

Description of the Health System

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Northeast Georgia. NGHS is anchored by Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) four hospital campuses – NGMC Gainesville, NGMC Braselton, NGMC Barrow, and NGMC Lumpkin with more than 700 beds and more than 700 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties.

Accredited Practice Transition Program

Northeast Georgia Medical Center RN Residency Program is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the America

Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

The current sites included in this accreditation designation are: Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow.


The current workplace settings included in this accreditation designation are: Critical Care, Cardiology, Emergency Department, Observation, Medical, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Surgical, Women’s & Children’s, Peri-Operative(OR), and Behavioral Health.


We are proud to be one of only four hospitals in the state of Georgia with this accreditation.



Program Length

The RN Residency Program is a structured comprehensive 12-month Program for licensed registered nurses with less than 12 months of experience as an RN in acute inpatient care.

Scope of Program

The Program supports the RN Resident’s transition into the clinical setting through didactic classroom learning, simulation, clinical orientation, a dedicated preceptor, and mentor. The Program complements the organization’s orientation and unit-based orientation.


RN Residents attend an organizational orientation which includes general orientation (if they haven’t already done so as an NGMC employee within the last year), clinical orientation, nursing orientation, and Epic (Electronic Health Record) training.

All RN Residents will begin the RN Residency Program on the scheduled Cohort start date. RN Residents will attend all mandatory Program seminars. Any resident seminar exemption will be unanimously determined by the clinical track key stakeholders. The Program seminars are conducted in the 2nd and 6th week of orientation, and there are three quarterly seminars. RN Residents will simultaneously work on completion of the RN Residency seminars as well as clinical orientation hours in their clinical track rotation sites.

The RN Resident is paired with a preceptor during the 20-week clinical orientation period. The clinical rotation progress note serves as a guideline for the clinical orientation progression through the 10-week clinical orientation. Preceptors and RN Residents review the clinical rotation progress note at the beginning and end of each clinical rotation. It is the RN Resident’s responsibility to bring the document to each clinical rotation site. The RN Resident will submit the clinical rotation progress note which will become a part of the employee file.

Preceptors and RN Residents complete evaluations on each other at specified intervals.

The RN Resident rotates through the nursing units within their clinical track during the first 10 weeks of the Program. The RN Resident experiences the patient population and care needs of each unit in the clinical track, on both day and night shifts. At the end of the first 10-weeks of clinical rotation, the RN Resident is matched to a permanent nursing unit within their track based on the RN Resident’s preferences, rank, and available positions.

After the RN Residents are matched to a permanent nursing unit, they begin a unit-based orientation outlined by the Nurse Manager and Nurse Educator for an additional 10 weeks.

The Program’s 20-week clinical orientation time is essential to the successful transition of the RN Resident into the clinical setting and time off during this period will need special approval.

Matching Ceremony

The RN Residents gather as a Cohort for the matching ceremony. Each RN Resident reveals which unit, shift, and facility to which they have been matched. The RN Resident is welcomed by nursing leadership and unit team members. The matching ceremony is a festive event where nursing leadership and unit team members welcome the RN Residents with gifts, balloons, and welcome signs.

Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony is a celebration of the RN Resident’s completion of the RN Residency Program. The graduation ceremony resembles a “pinning ceremony” where the RN Resident exchanges their RN Resident employee badge for a Professional RN employee badge. The RN Resident’s Nurse manager or designee “pin” them with their new Professional RN employee badge. The RN Residents also receive a certificate for the completion of the RN Residency Program. After the graduation ceremony, the RN Residents present their Evidenced-Based Projects in a gallery walk followed by a light reception.

For more information, please contact Melisa Thompson (melisa.thompson@nghs.com)

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