The Nurse Residency Program

The Iowa Nurse Residency Program

  • It’s a program for new graduate nurses interested in starting their career at UI Hospitals & Clinics.
  • You make one application for employment and choose from all available positions for which you’re qualified.
  • You meet regularly with other new nursing graduates throughout your first year, comparing experiences and helping create meaningful initiatives.
  • You’ll be taught by nursing leaders from the hospital and the UI College of Nursing.
  • You blend the classroom experience with your new job duties and get paid for learning.
CCNE accreditation symbolThe employee-based nurse residency program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


If you are a nursing student who will graduate in the next four months or have graduated within the last year with no prior RN experience, you may apply.

We are accepting applications now for students who will graduate no later than May 2022. We encourage you to make your application now to assure you have a wealth of choices among openings in our nursing services.

In addition to taking applications for May graduates, we have opened the summer application for June, July and August graduates. Applications will be accepted through August 31st.

A Quick Start

One simple application launches your career as a University of Iowa nurse.

Teaching session for nursing team

Our Nurse Residency Program simplifies getting new nursing grads into their first professional nursing position in the area they choose.

In the months before you begin work, our onboarding team will interview you, learn which areas interest you, and match you with one of the many opportunities available. If you haven’t yet selected a nursing area, we can set up job shadowing experiences to help in your decision.

A “Just For Me” Class

Soon after you’ve begun full-time work at UI Hospitals & Clinics or UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, you’ll be invited to take part in something just for you.

You’ll meet regularly with other new nurses to compare notes, learn from nurse leaders, and explore nursing research and leadership opportunities.

Our Nurse Residency Program brings participants together about four hours per month during their first year. Think of it as an opportunity to learn and get paid while you’re doing it.

Nurses Like You

Your classmates will be nurses hired at the same time as you.

You’ll quickly find the opportunity to compare notes with others who have questions and observations like yours will be the most valuable part of your Nurse Residency experience.

Open Doors

The Nurse Residency curriculum is covered in three formats:

  • Lectures from nurse leaders
  • Discussions among participants
  • Small-group research projects based on your interest

The topics you’ll cover will apply directly to the work you’re doing on the job. They include:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Patient family education
  • Experience using patient simulations
  • Dealing with death and dying
  • Caring for yourself physically, emotionally, and professionally

The small-group research projects have been as formal as academic papers submitted for journal publication to simple explorations of opportunities that open doors for your career advancement. 

Our Commitment to the Success of New Grads

We want your first years as a nursing professional to be the foundation for a fulfilling career.

Our Nurse Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and recognized for its innovation in educating and supporting new graduate nurses and fostering their professional development.

Our curriculum has been developed over the years through close collaboration by expert nurses from UI Hospitals & Clinics and the UI College of Nursing.

Our participants tell us the program was instrumental in making their start at UI Health Care a big success.

Application Details

Find the positions that interest you at Jobs at UIowa to begin the application.

We ask that the resume you submit as part of your application include information about your internship/externship and clinical rotation experiences. Give us details as follows:

  • Describe the experience. Was it a summer externship, senior internship, preceptorship, role transition, clinical rotation, or something else?
  • Where did you complete the experience? Please indicate the specific hospital or health-care institution you worked at.
  • What type of unit were you working on?
  • How many hours did you complete?
  • When did you complete the experience? Please include specific dates.

Don't forget to include all certifications you have earned during your work experience or academic nursing programs. These might include ACLS/PALS, CNA, etc.

Nursing Units

Contact Us

If you have any questions about applying as a new graduate or about the experiences that await you at UI Health Care, we want to hear from you.

Our full-time specialist for our new graduates will be able to answer all your questions. Please contact:

Tiffany Perkins
Senior Human Resource Specialist
Nursing Recruitment T-125 B General Hospital (GH)
University of Iowa Health Care
200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242 
Phone: 1-319-467-5283