Nurse Residency Program (NRP)

UC San Diego Health’s Nurse Residency Program (NRP) is for Newly Licensed Registered Nurses (NLRNs) hired at UC San Diego Health with less than 6 Months of RN experience. The program supports Nurse Resident attainment of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet standards of nursing practice relevant to their practice setting.

The Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction 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 with distinction designation are:

  1. UC San Diego Health Hillcrest - Hillcrest Medical Center
  2. UC San Diego Health La Jolla - Jacobs Medical Center & Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  1. Medical
  2. Medical-Surgical
  3. Oncology
  4. Step Down
  5. Critical Care
  6. Labor & Delivery
  7. Ante/Postpartum
  8. Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum
  9. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  10. Operating Room
  11. Emergency Department

Program Details

The program is designed to support our Nurse Residents with a comprehensive transition to practice experience.

The program includes:

New Employee Orientation (NEO)

The Nurse Resident attends 3 days of organizational orientation. NEO includes Human Resources Introduction, Glucometer, Benefits, Epic and General Nursing Orientation. NEO is where organizational enculturation begins in which NLRNs learn about the UC culture, practice and values of the organization and nursing profession.

Nurse Residency Program (Core)

The Nurse Resident attends 6 classes over a period of six months. These Core NRP classes are foundational to professional nursing and align with the American Nursing Association's Standards of Nursing Practice.

Nurse Residency Program (Specialty)

The Nurse Resident attends additional specialty classes based on the unit they are hired into and level of care. Specialty NRP classes are developed based on curricula that aligns with specialty nursing organizations.

Preceptorship/Clinical Orientation

The Nurse Resident is paired with a preceptor during Clinical Orientation for a three month period. Preceptors assess, validate and remediate Nurse Resident competency.

Nurse Retention

The Nurse Resident is invited to participate in Mentorship.

Program Goals

  • Develop newly licensed registered nurses (NLRN) into leaders within their clinical practice setting as measured by 30% or greater completing the Precepting with Pride course within two years of hire.
  • Ensure Nurse Resident satisfaction with the Nurse Residency Program as measured by rating the program as good or very good on the summative survey sent at 6 months by 90% or above of the participants.
  • Validate critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills among Nurse Residents as evidenced by a minimum total score of 40 (from a maximum possible 50) on the Case Study Evaluation Tool at approximately 3 months of orientation.
  • Maintain the NLRN turnover rate at or below the benchmark at 1, 2, and 3-years post hire.

Additional Benefits

As part of the University of California, UC San Diego offers one of the most comprehensive benefits packages in the San Diego area. You can choose from a variety of health, dental and vision plan options for eligible employees and family members. It includes generous paid vacation & sick leave, 40 hours of paid education hours, and fourteen paid holidays a year for full-time employees.

How to Apply

Positions are posted 5-6 months in advance for hiring that occurs for the months of March, August and November.

Search for our open new grad positions on the nursing careers website.

For further information check out our FAQs for new graduate nurses.