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RN Residency Program

At EvergreenHealth, we think the world of our nurses. They are skilled, safe, compassionate, creative, intuitive, collaborative, respectful and committed to exceptional care.

Our unique nurse residency program is thoughtfully designed to foster the new graduate nurse and support the journey from student to professional RN. With the backing of our residency program, new nurses become skilled, confident members of our exceptional nursing team.

Why EvergreenHealth? Our program grows with you.

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Members of the 2022 Cohort

"The program is built to foster nursing and communication skills, and grow a reflective and professional practice," says Professional Development Specialist Caitlin Shipp, MSN, RN. "It's important to establish a safe community for a new nurse: a place to debrief and be with peers who are on the same journey and timeline." According to Shipp, the cohort helps residents navigate challenges, develop resiliency, and cultivate confidence. "We respect and value our residents," says Shipp. "We invest in their training, and we want them to thrive during this transition to practice."

2022 Program Start Dates

  • August 8, 2022
  • October 17, 2022

The 12-month program is offered four times a year with approximately 86 hours of paid classroom time, 54 hours of paid quality-improvement-project time, and 10-20 weeks (depending on specialty and individual needs) with an experienced preceptor.


  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington by program start date
  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing (ADN or BSN)
  • Less than one year of previous RN experience in an acute care setting
  • Passing score on NCLEX
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS certification by date of hire
  • Willing to commit to two continuous years at EvergreenHealth from your start date, with at least one year on your unit of hire
  • Willing to commit to obtain a BSN within five years of employment

Position Availability

Residency positions are typically available in the following areas:

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  • Acute Rehab Unit
  • Cardiovascular and Neurosurgical Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Family Maternity Center
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Level III)
  • Oncology
  • Ortho, Spine, Neuro
  • Progressive Care Unit

If you have questions about the application process or the nurse residency program, please email

Why the EvergreenHealth Nurse Residency Program is Right for YOU

April Melchiode, RN

"EvergreenHealth wants to invest in new nurses, they want to train you and they know how important it is to invest in you from the very beginning."

Sara Baron, RN

"Not only do you refresh certain physical skills but you gain lifelong friends. Over the course of a year, you become close with the other residents on different floors. The program is so good at targeting different difficult situations in nursing such as end-of-life and legal, ethical skills. The program really puts emphasis on protecting our mental health at work because it's so important."

A Message to Nursing Graduates

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Mary Shepler invites you to apply to the EvergreenHealth RN Residency program.

Mary Shepler

Mary Shepler, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer

Congratulations on becoming a nurse – you made it! That is a great accomplishment and you should be very proud. I am honored to work alongside the incredible team of compassionate and caring nurses here at EvergreenHealth. It's their commitment, dedication and passion that helps us successfully fulfill our mission of family-centered care. As you embark on your nursing career, we invite you to learn more about nursing at EvergreenHealth and consider the many opportunities we offer to learn, build, grow and innovate.

To help you on your journey, we offer a supportive and engaging RN Residency Program designed to help talented new nursing graduates transition from novice to expert nurse. Our program offers a combination of evidenced-based didactic and hands-on education, peer support and seasoned nurse mentorship. We support and engage our nursing staff with training and educational opportunities, state-of-the-art-facilities and equipment, shared governance and comprehensive benefits. Our goal is to partner with you to help you grow in your patient care skills while also building your critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.

Our RN Residency Program fits with the national recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (October, 2010). We are pleased that our program allows us to hire graduate nurses throughout the year as needs arise, so we encourage you to visit our Career Center regularly. Our entire nursing staff wishes you all the best as you embark on what we know will be a rewarding career in nursing.

Best regards,

Mary Shepler, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer

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