Nurse Resident - Transition to Practice

The University of Tennessee Medical Center provides a one-year Nurse Resident - Transition to Practice program.  The purpose of the program is to facilitate a successful transition from nursing student into professional nursing practice.  Our goal is to facilitate the highest level of professional nursing practice to improve patient outcomes and retain nursing staff.

New nurses receive the education and support necessary to develop clinical knowledge, skills and judgment to become a high performing nurse.  The program focuses on leadership, patient outcomes and professional role.  Support is provided by the unit nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist/clinical nurse educator, Nurse Resident - Transition to Practice coordinator, and unit-based nurse preceptors to integrate core content in the areas of professional development, leadership at the bedside and patient safety outcomes.

Expert nurses facilitate monthly sessions with emphasis on:

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Patient safety
  • Individual professional development plan
  • Communication skills
  • Research-based practice

The nurse resident must participate in all scheduled monthly educational sessions and will complete a capstone quality improvement project over the 12-month period.

Under direct supervision of the supporting staff, the nurse resident provides nursing care to assigned patients in accordance with the UT Medical Center’s standards of care.  He or she is evaluated using the performance expectations associated with the unit-based competency training and nurse residency program.  Successful completion of the Nurse Resident - Transition to Practice includes:

  • Completion of a competency-based unit-specific orientation
  • Scheduled monthly educations sessions
  • Capstone quality improvement project project
  • NRP surveys
  • Hospital performance evaluation tools

Applicant Eligibility

  • Approaching graduation within the calendar year from an accredited nursing program. BSN preferred, ASN will be required to complete a contract to complete BSN within 3 years of hire. The organization offers tuition reimbursement.

Application Requirements

  • Apply online to the Nurse Resident - Transition to Practice. For more information email or apply here and search “New Graduate RN” under “Job Description Keyword” at the bottom of the page.

Interviewing Process

  • Applications are reviewed by Human Resources and an initial interview will be scheduled with a Recruiter. During this interview you will choose your pathway. Click here for more information.
  • Your application will be forwarded to hiring managers on the areas of interest. You will conduct an interview with the nurse manager.
  • It is highly discouraged for applicants to approach hiring managers directly in regards to residency openings. All applications must go through Human Resources.


Offers are contingent and are not considered official until the following items are received:

  • Successful completion of the NCLEX exam
  • Tennessee RN licensure or RN licensure from a compact state. License verification must be posted to the TN board of nursing website prior to start date.
  • Passing a post-offer, pre-employment health screen and background check.