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Nurse Residency Program: Transition to Practice

Welcome to Bozeman Health's Nurse Residency Program located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley. Congratulations on achieving your nursing degree! Our program is built to support you in your transition from student nurse to professional nurse. The program is not unit specific, instead, it is tailored to your needs as a new graduate nurse regardless of where you are working in the Bozeman Health system.

Program Expectations & Requirements

Our program is designed to help nurses who have graduated within the last 6 months with no working RN experience and are employees of Bozeman Health.

  • Submission of Letter of Intent to be in the Nurse Residency program
  • Montana RN license to start employment
  • Willingness to commit to monthly didactic sessions for one year
  • Complete the Casey-Fink Nurse Survey at identified intervals
  • Participate in evaluations throughout the program
  • Work towards completion of evidence-based project by the end of the cohort

Nurse Residency Topics

  • Role Transition
  • Patient centered care
  • Communication/teamwork
  • Conflict resolution
  • Evidence based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Leadership
  • End of life care
  • Pain management
  • Resiliency
  • Self-care
  • Legal aspects in nursing
  • Medication safety
  • Informatics
  • Professional development
  • Time management
  • Lateral Violence
  • Inter-professional collaboration

Clinical Skills

  • IVs
  • Patient assessment
  • Wound & skin care
  • Identifying deteriorating patients
  • First five minutes of a code
  • Pharmacology
  • Telephone triage
  • Vaccine & Immunization schedules
  • Chest tubes
  • Lines & drains
  • Blood transfusions


How do I become a Nurse Resident at Bozeman Health?

Please apply to any online open RN position on the Bozeman Health website. You do not have to have passed your NCLEX or graduated from your nursing program to apply. The positions posted on the Bozeman Health website are not specifically titled new graduate position.

What is the deadline to submit my letter of intent?

Please submit your letter of intent prior to your first month of Nurse Residency.

How often is the Nurse Residency program offered?

At this time we currently offer one cohort per year beginning in September. We have a rolling admission into the Nurse Residency through December of each cohort. If you begin work in January, then you will be enrolled into the residency program the following September.

How long is the Nurse Residency program?

It starts in September and runs through May.

Who is eligible for the Nurse Residency program?

Any licensed MT RN that has graduated from an accredited nursing program (ADN, BSN, Accelerated BSN) who has graduated within the last six months and with no working RN experience.

How do I apply to the Nurse Residency Program?

Please submit a letter of intent to Heather Tasker after you have received notice of your hire date. There is no format, the letter is intended to provide us information about your goals for attending our program.

How many Nurse Residents are in each cohort?

The number varies from year to year. In the 2019/2020 cohort we have 26 residents.

How do you determine the topics you will cover in Nurse Residency?

Our Nurse Residency Program is resident driven, which means that we provide content based on what is requested of our residents as well as content that aligns with Bozeman Health's Mission, Vision and Values and competencies nationally recognized by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 2010 report and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) as well as the Nurse of the FutureĀ© core competencies.

Will my manager support my attendance in the Nurse Residency Program?

Yes! You have support from our Chief Nursing Officer as well as your manager and/or supervisor. You will be paid for your time in the Nurse Residency program.

Will I earn continuing education contact hours for participation?

Yes! For each session you attend, you will receive up to 4 contact hours for a maximum of 36 contact hours!

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