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Nurse Residency Program

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Class Schedules:

Calendar Year 2020: NRP 2020 Class Topics Start Date by Cohort

 Calendar Year 2019: NRP 2019 Class Topics  


Per our mission, "To provide excellence, innovation and superlative quality in the care of patients, the training of health professionals, and the creation and sharing of health knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity & inclusiveness, "the University of Virginia Health System/UVa HS believes that it has a responsibility to educate and prepare the next generation of nurse clinicians; ensuring that clinical skills and value development are purposefully directed.  The Vizient (formally UHC) & American Association of Colleges of Nursing/AACN Nurse Residency Program (NRP) is designed to create a successful first tertiary care work experience for new graduate RNs, identified as Nurse Residents and RN Clinician Is, that facilitates socializaton to the professional role and accelerates acquisition of skills, is the entry point for all new graduate RNs at UVA HS.



UVa HS's NRP provides an educational, evidence-based curriculum for new graduate RNs, emphasizing patient outcomes, leadership, and the professional RN role by supporting the transition from student nurse to professional nurse.  Nurse Residents participating in the precepted clinical and educational program will be assisted to:


  • Develop critical thinking and decision-making skills required to deliver safe, cost-effective patient care
  • Collaborate in an interdisciplinary care environment
  • Appreciate the broader context and issues in health care
  • Develop a systematic approach to their professional and career goals



Transition Period

Nurse Residents receive protected unit orientation time: three months in acute care areas, five months in critical care/ICU/IMU, Emergency Department/ED; six months in peri-operative/OR and Women's Health/WH.  Orientation length is determined by the new graduate's ability to meet required behavioral outcomes.  Successful Program completion is determined by the NRP Coordinator and unit Leadership.  Nurse Residents are not included in unit staffing until successful completion of unit orientation.


Program Structure

Day-to-day clinical experiences will be guided by a preceptor. Clinical leaders, based in the specific work area, will facilitate the program within the service area and foster the development of preceptors. The Nurse Residency Program Coordinator oversees the program, plans educational offerings, fosters the development of the new graduate RN, coordinates program evaluation and UHC/AACN surveys, and facilitates Evidenced Based Practice Projects, which marks the culmination of the NRP at 12 months. The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) & NRP Advisory Group provide administrative oversight for the program.


Important time frames

After nine months of nursing experience, Nurse Residents/ RN Clinician Is must submit a portfolio of advancement demonstrating their practice at the RN Clinician II level. (Manager expectations of the timeframe of portfolio submission may vary.)  At or around 12 months,after demonstration of RN Clinician II behaviors and submitting  Nurse Residents/RN Clinician Is will advance to a Clinician 2 receiving the appropriate promotion.  


Behavioral Outcomes

At the end of the NRP, Nurse Residents will perform professional behaviors at the RN Clinician II level, participate in interdisciplinary patient care; demonstrate ability to anticipate patient care needs; demonstrate ability to recognize and safely manage emergency situations; identify and establish professional goals.



Classes are scheduled by the NRP Coordinator. Cohorts meet once a month for ~ 4 hours x 12 months. Schedules are provided to Nurse Residents on Day 3 of Orientation (OPC). Class attendance is required; attendance data is shared with Unit Leadership and the NRP Advisory.  Nurse Residents are responsible for including class time in unit scheduling requests. Upon successful completion of the NRP, Nurse Residents earn 3 continuing education credits towards their BSN, MSN, or post Master's certificate through UVa's School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

Time and Attendance

Nurse Residents must clock in and out through UVa HS's Time and Attendance system.


Performance Issues

Use the Performance Issues Flowchart for guidance. 


Nurse Residency Program Coordinator - Ronni Rothwell, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Mailing Address: UVA Health System, Nursing Professional Development Services/NPDS

Phone: (434) 465-8920; E-mail: