Nursing Careers.


Student & New Grads.

Nurse Residency Program

Congratulations! You have completed your nursing degree and ready to start in your role as a clinical nurse. Now what?

The University of Tennessee Medical Center offers an evidence-based Nurse Residency Program to support you through the transition of student to competent clinical nurse.

As a new RN, you will receive education and support necessary to develop the knowledge, skills and judgment you need to become the highest quality nurse. Working at our Magnet designated facility you are guaranteed to be mentored by the best, most highly educated nurses in the region.

The program focuses on three critical areas:

  • Leadership
  • Patient outcomes
  • Professional role

 Expert nurses facilitate monthly sessions with a special emphasis on:

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

Upon successful completion of the program, you can look forward to a second year of employment at the best hospital in the region.


  • Graduated 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.
  • Successfully completed the NCLEX exam and results are posted to the Tennessee board of nursing website or other compact state.
  • RN with less than 6 months experience


  1. Apply online to the Nurse Residency Program
  2. Clinical evaluation - Candidates will be required to provide two professional letters of reference prior to interview for the position. References can be requested from your professor/instructor by asking them to use our online reference form
  3. Unofficial transcripts - Please submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts.


  • Applications are reviewed by Human Resources and an initial interview will be scheduled with a Recruiter. During this interview you will choose three of top areas of interest on the unit description form
  • Your application will be forwarded to hiring managers on the areas of interest. You will conduct an interview with the nurse manager.
  • We offer an opportunity to shadow on the unit and complete a peer interview.
  • 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.