Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency Program

At Community Hospital we value nurses and understand the difficulties of learning the nursing profession. Our extensive program focuses on helping new graduate nurses make a positive transition from classroom to bedside nursing. With our nurse residency program our goal is to help the nurse graduate grow professionally, and become a confident nursing leader who exhibits longevity within our organization.

Information regarding 2019 cohorts coming soon!

Click here to start the Community Hospital nurse resident application.

Program Overview

The Community Hospital Nurse Residency Program is a formal, structured, post graduate program, which is a part of the Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program.

This program is a paid, 12 month program, with bonus incentives upon completion of the program as well as at two and three year anniversary dates. This program includes monthly seminars with emphasis in nursing leadership, critical thinking, research based practice, quality patient outcomes and professional development.

The program integrates unit orientation, observations, hands-on and classroom training with clinical experts and enhanced mentorships.

The program prepares nursing graduates to:
  • Care for patients with increasing levels of acuity and complexity.
  • Improve patient safety and quality of care.
  • Bring evidence-based practice to the bedside.
  • Develop clinical nursing leadership and decision making skills.
  • Strengthen the commitment to professional nursing and develop individual career goals.
  • Care Areas

    Positions are carefully decided by a team of leaders within the organization and are based on the position availability and experience levels on each unit. Positions for hire may include, but are not limited to:
    Medical Surgical Unit
    Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum
    Emergency Department
    Intensive Care Unit
    Pre-Op PACU
    Short Stay Observational Unit
    Oncology
    Operating Room

    Contact Information

    Nurse Residency Program
    lganzer@gjhosp.org
    (970) 644-3429

    Eligibility

    Community Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. Our program is dedicated to preparing nurses who will provide excellent care. In order to be qualify for a position you must:
  • Be a graduate of an accredited BSN or ADN nursing program (BSN preferred).
  • Have a current Colorado State RN license (licensure is required to start program). You may apply before you are licensed, but you must have a RN license before the nurse residency starts.
  • Must be willing to work as a part-time or full-time employee of Community Hospital.
  • Be a new nursing graduate. Graduates must have less than three months experience or have never worked as an RN previously.
  • Upon hire, sign a contractual agreement for a three-year commitment to the hospital. This agreement incorporates the one year required to complete the nurse residency program.
  • Have Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification upon hire.
  • Three letters of reference, including one from a faculty member from the college you attended.
  • Completed essay utilizing APA formatting, 250 to 650 words in length (no longer).

  • Essay needs to include the following components:
    1. A description of your professional vision,
    2. Your five-year career goals/plans,
    3. Why you chose the nursing profession, and
    4. Why you are interested in Community Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program

    Applying for a Position

    Cohorts will start bi-annually.

    Community Hospital is dedicated to placing our nurse residents in an area they are passionate about. Please specify which area you would like. If for some reason the position you have requested is taken, you may be considered for another position. You may apply for multiple positions if you are interested in more than one.

    After the application process, all applications will be reviewed based upon work, volunteer and leadership experiences, essay content and personal/professional references.
    Once your application is chosen you will move forward to the interview process. These interviews typically take 60 minutes and may be attended by the Nurse Residency Program Coordinator, Nursing Director and/or Manager of specified unit, Nursing Educator, preceptor and nursing staff members.

    If you are selected to be a part of the Community Hospital Nurse Residency Program, you will receive a letter of acceptance in the mail. Candidates that are not chosen at this time will receive a letter indicating they were not accepted into the program.

    After you are selected for the position you will be contacted by the Community Hospital Human Resources Department to complete the rest of the application/onboarding documentation, if you are not already a current employee at Community Hospital.