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New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Bozeman Health is proud to invest in the future of our nurses through our new graduate nurse residency program. Our program is designed to allow new graduate nurses the chance to explore and develop in their new role as a professional nurse. Through dedicated immersive clinical preceptorship and classroom-based professional development, our program is structured to offer new nurses support and to set them up for success as they advance from novice to expert.

Bozeman Health does expect all new graduate nurse residents to:

  • commit to attend all didactic and Transition to Practice classes
  • participate in appointed check-ins with their unit/department manager and other clinical leadership

Eligibility

  • Graduate of a professional school of nursing
  • Less than six months of nursing experience
  • Montana RN license
  • BLS certification through the American Heart Association
  • Nurse residents may be required to obtain other certifications based on specialty program acceptance

Apply now

Applications for the 2022 Winter/2023 Spring cohort are accepted October 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022.

Inpatient New Graduate Nurse Residency Application

Outpatient/Ambulatory New Graduate Nurse Residency Application

Nurse residency tracks and program structure

We offer two different residency tracks, inpatient care and outpatient/ambulatory care, to assist new graduate nurses in reaching their career goals.

Inpatient Residency Specialties at Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center

All new graduate nurses seeking employment at any Bozeman Health care site must enter through the new graduate nurse residency program. Each nurse resident will be hired into a home unit/department and will participate in clinical preceptorship, Bozeman Health’s Transition to Practice program through the education department, and didactic courses that are dependent on specialty.

View more information about inpatient unit residency offerings:

Critical Care Unit Residency Program

Preceptorship: The Critical Care Unit residency program at Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center consists of up to 26 weeks of 1:1 orientation with a preceptor. Each preceptorship is personalized to embrace the orientee’s experiences and learning styles, so that competence is assured with the support of the unit’s preceptors.

Didactic courses: Specialized CCU-specific education in the CCU is taught through a combination of self-paced online courses, in-person hands-on didactic courses, and specialty classes to support the skill sets and critical thinking required for critical care.

Mother Baby Unit Residency Program

The Family Birth Center at Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center assists families during pregnancy, around the time of birth and in the transition period following birth. The Mother Baby unit consists of 17 patient care rooms where we care for parents and their newborns. Patients move up to the Mother Baby unit after birth once both mother and baby are stable. We provide care in a couplet care model – meaning that one nurse cares for both patients and the family together. This allows for continuity of care, fewer interruptions and a better understanding of the needs of the dyad. Mother Baby nurses have been referred to as the “angels” and “soul savers” for new parents. It is a fragile time for parents who are exhausted and often have a lot of expectations about this period of their life. The education and emotional support needs of these patients are high, and it is a very rewarding field. Seeing them safely and successfully through this transition is an honor.

Mother Baby is a great place to begin a nursing career. It is a supportive environment where new nurses are nurtured to become their best. In addition, it is a great launch pad for career development. Our Mother Baby nurses have the opportunity to become preceptors and team leaders within Mother Baby. They can work on various committees within the department. They work closely with nurses from Labor and Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mother Baby nurses can train to float to Labor and Delivery and can transfer into one of the higher acuity departments when they are ready.

This is a 12 week preceptorship.

Operating Department Residency Program

The operating department at Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center is a fast paced, team environment that performs orthopedic, general, gynecology, urology, and robotic surgeries. We provide a six-month orientation period, starting with the Periop 101 program, through AORN.

This program provides the baseline information for a brand new nurse starting in the operating department. It walks you through important information about each stage of surgery and the AORN guidelines that we follow in the OR. This is a close knit team, working together with scrub techs to provide the best care for each of our patients.

This preceptorship is six months, with self-paced didactic Periop 101 courses.

Surgical Unit Residency Program

The Surgical Unit at Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center provides inpatient care to all adult and pediatric surgical patients requiring acute care. Skill mix includes pediatric, spine and joint, general surgery, trauma, ENT, urological, and gynecological trained staff. Staffing is acuity and census based. Average nurse to patient ratios are:

  • Days – 1 nurse to 4-5 patients
  • Nights – 1 nurse to 5-6 patients
  • Pediatric patients are 1 nurse to 4 patients around the clock

Orientation on the surgical unit follows a phased skill acquisition model. There is no defined timeline as it is modified based on the individual needs of the nurse. The average timeline is approximately 8-9 weeks for new grads.

Medical Unit Residency Program

The medical unit at Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center is a 39-bed unit, serving a diverse patient population. We treat everyone from birth to death, acute and chronic illness, pediatrics, end of life care, behavioral health, general surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis, and more.

We offer pediatric and chemotherapy training and certification to nurses interested in expanding their areas of practice. New graduate nurses receive on average 8-10 weeks of orientation, depending on individual needs and comfort level. Our top priority is in making sure everyone has the tools and training they need to be successful and autonomous. We believe that nursing is a team sport and pride ourselves on a healthy team culture. Staffing is acuity and census based. Average nurse to patient ratios are as:

  • Days – 1 nurse to 4-5 patients
  • Nights – 1 nurse to 5-6 patients
  • Pediatric patients are 1 nurse to 4 patients
  • Initiation of chemotherapy is staffed 1 nurse to 1 patient

Float Pool Residency Program

This unique department is comprised of small specialty groups of highly skilled experts that support patient care throughout the hospital. The Bozeman Health nursing pool is where nurses are scheduled and work in a variety of departments as well as have the opportunity to cross train and support specialty departments. Our nursing pool values professionalism, teamwork and accountability.

Our registered nurses are accountable for the coordination of nursing care, including direct patient care patient/family education and transition of care. Nurses function within the Bozeman Health standards of care which include accountability for planning, implementing, evaluating and communication all phases of nursing care for assigned patients. Nurses possess excellent communication skills.

Emergency Department Unit Residency Program

Preceptorship: The Emergency Department residency program consists of 16-26 weeks for 1:1 orientation time with a selected preceptor. Each preceptorship is personalized to embrace the orientee’s experiences and learning styles, so that competence is assured with the support of the unit’s preceptors. We focus on team nursing to support growth in a fast paced environment.

Didactic courses: Specialized emergency specific education in the ED taught through a combination of self-paced online courses, skills days, performance improvement projects, and specialty classes to support the skill sets and critical thinking required for emergency medicine.

Outpatient/Ambulatory Care Residency at Bozeman Health Care Sites

Nurse residents who enter into the outpatient/ambulatory care residency program will participate in clinical preceptorship, outpatient/ambulatory-specific didactic courses, and Bozeman Health’s Transition to Practice program.

Preceptorship: Over the course of 12 weeks, nurse residents will have preceptorship experiences in one primary care clinic area and two specialty/procedural care clinic areas. Utilizing the phased skills acquisition model of orientation, the nurse resident’s training progress will be monitored as they move from clinic to clinic. While placement in preferred clinics is not guaranteed, each nurse resident is encouraged to identify their top areas of interest.

Didactic courses: Over the course of nine months, outpatient/ambulatory care nurse residents will attend monthly didactic courses that cover topics related specifically to outpatient/ambulatory care. Topics include social determinants of health, nurse triage, etc.

Towards the end of the nurse resident’s 12-week preceptorship, a list of openings across the ambulatory care area will be posted. Each nurse resident will “match” into an outpatient clinic through their preceptorship experience and a follow-up interview with the clinic manager. After permanent placement, the nurse resident will continue to participate in the ambulatory care didactic course program and the Transition to Practice program.

  • Primary care specialties
    • Internal Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Medical specialties
    • Gastroenterology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Pain Management
    • Diabetes
    • Endocrinology
    • Nephrology
    • Cardiology
    • Pulmonology
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Procedural specialties
    • General Surgery/Vein Clinic
    • Urology
    • Ear, Nose, and Throat

2022/2023 Winter/Spring cohort important dates

  • October 1 - December 15, 2022: apply now (see above links)
  • November 1 – November 15, 2022: applications reviewed
  • November 15 – November 30, 2022: interviews conducted
  • January 1 - March 1, 2023: cohort start dates (nurse resident must be licensed and on boarded no later than March 1, 2023)
  • March 1: Transition to Practice begins

2023 Summer/Fall cohort important dates

  • February 1 - February 31, 2023: applications open
  • March 1 – March 15, 2023: applications reviewed
  • March 15 – March 30, 2023: interviews conducted
  • June 1 – September 1, 2023: cohort start dates (nurse resident must be licensed and on boarded no later than September 1, 2023)
  • September 1, 2023: Transition to Practice begins

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For questions or more information, contact Alex Evans at aevans2@bozemanhealth.org.