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Nurse Residency Program

Valley Health’s Nurse Residency Program (NRP) supports new nurse graduates as they transition into professional nurse practice. The curriculum is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and focuses on four primary areas for success: (1) leadership; (2) patient outcomes; (3) continuing education; and (4) the professional nurse role.

The NRP is a formal, structured program offered over one full year to post-baccalaureate and associate degree nurses. With the support of the NRP, the graduate nurse will:

  1. Care for complex patients within the hospital setting.
  2. Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  3. Strengthen commitment to nursing and develop individual career goals.
  4. Incorporate research-based evidence linked to practice outcomes into care provision.

Program Requirements

  • Hold an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing science from a nationally accredited nursing education program. (Note: Laurel Ridge Community College graduates are eligible.)
  • Recent graduate from nursing school.
  • Licensed as an RN in Virginia or West Virginia.
  • Commit to the year-long nurse residency program.
  • Facilitate clinical and leadership skills necessary to become a successful member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Application Process

There is no separate application to the Nurse Residency program. You will automatically start the program once you accept an RN-1 position and meet the program requirements.

To begin the employment process:

  1. Visit and search current registered nurse job openings.
  2. Create a user account within the JOBVITE portal and apply for position(s) of interest.
  3. If selected for an interview, you will be contacted for scheduling.
  4. If you are offered a position and accept, you will begin the year-long Nurse Residency Program.

Program Objectives

  • Transition the new graduate nurse from student to professional practice role.
  • Integrate organizational mission, vision and values with knowledge, skills, and application as a Nurse Resident.
  • Provide a year-long infrastructure of support to help assure success of the nurse resident.
  • Develop high quality, reliable, safe, and competent nursing care.

Program Benefits

  • NRP incorporates orientation, classroom and online learning along with clinical education.
  • Infrastructure of support for first full year of nursing to complement unit orientation.
  • One-on-one clinical experience with preceptor and additional support from NRP facilitator, and clinical educators.
  • Evidence-based curriculum to strengthen critical thinking, skill development, and service excellence.
  • High level of professional support from experienced nurses, educators, nursing leaders, and an interdisciplinary team.

Our Hospitals

Warren Memorial Hospital

  • 54 bed acute care hospital in Front Royal, VA

Shenandoah Memorial Hospital

  • 25-bed critical access hospital in Woodstock, VA

Page Memorial Hospital

  • 25-bed critical access hospital in Luray, VA

Hampshire Memorial Hospital

  • 25-bed critical access hospital in Romney, WV

War Memorial Hospital

  • 25-bed critical access hospital in Berkeley Springs, WV

Winchester Medical Center

  • 495-bed, Magnet designated regional referral center in Winchester, VA

For more information, contact Valley Health Nurse Recruitment at 540-536-5284.