RN Residency Program

We are accepting applications for all future Nurse Residency Cohorts.

Who we are:

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve. NGHS is anchored by Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) four hospital campuses — NGMC Gainesville, NGMC Braselton, NGMC Barrow, and NGMC Lumpkin – and we haven’t finished growing yet!

Upcoming projects:

  • 150+ patient tower at NGMC Gainesville opening in 2025
  • NGMC Lumpkin Campus opening in 2024
  • Medical Observation Unit opening in 2022 at NGMC Gainesville

Working at NGHS means being part of something special: a team invested in you as a person, an employee, and in helping you reach your goals.

Our Core Values:

Respectful Compassion: I impact life’s most sacred moments.
Deep Interdependence: I can’t do my job without you.
Responsible Stewardship: What I do today ensures tomorrow.
Passion for Excellence: I bring my best every day.

Accredited Practice Transition Program

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



The RN Residency Program is a structured comprehensive 12-month Program for licensed Registered Nurses with less than 1 year of experience as an RN.


RN Residents attend an organizational orientation which includes new employee, clinical, and nursing orientations, along with EPIC (Electronic Health Record) training.

Our RN Residency team will tailor each RN Resident’s orientation schedule to their unit, providing 14-24 weeks of orientation paired with a dedicated preceptor as detailed below:

  • Medical: 14 weeks
  • Behavioral Health: 14 weeks
  • Inpatient Rehab: 14 weeks
  • Surgical: 14 weeks
  • Observation: 16 weeks
  • Intermediate Care: 20 weeks
  • Cardiology: 20 weeks
  • Critical Care: 20 weeks
  • Emergency: 20 weeks
  • Peri-Op: 24-week Peri-Op 101 course
  • Women’s & Children’s:
    • Mother/Baby: 14 weeks
    • Labor & Delivery: 24 weeks
    • Neonatal Intensive Care: 20 weeks
    • Pediatrics: 14 weeks

*Available units and tracks will vary each cohort. Please see the application at the top of this page for details.


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

In addition to clinical orientation, RN Residents attend quarterly seminars, didactic classroom sessions, and simulation learning sessions. RN Residents are also paired with a peer mentor to help them transition through the program.


The graduation ceremony is a celebration of the RN Resident’s completion of the RN Residency Program. RN Residents attend a “pinning ceremony” where their Nurse manager or designee “pins” 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 the RN Residency Recruiter at Heather.Brothers@nghs.com.