Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency Program

At Community Hospital we value nurses and understand the difficulties of learning the nursing profession. Our extensive Nurse Residency Program focuses on helping new graduate nurses make a positive transition from classroom to bedside nursing. Our ultimate goal is to increase nursing career longevity by providing education, which results in professional growth for the nurse graduate.

Click here to submit your 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 12 month program includes monthly seminars with emphasis in nursing leadership, research based practice, quality patient outcomes and professional development. The nurse resident is a paid employee on the unit they are hired. It also includes bonus incentives upon completion of the program as well additional two and three year bonuses as a continued employee of the hospital.

The program integrates unit orientation, observations, hands-on and classroom training with clinical experts and enhanced preceptor/mentorships. This program also provides resources needed to succeed in the first year as a nurse.

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 position availability. Positions for hire may include, but are not limited to:
    Emergency Department
    Intensive Care Unit
    Medical Surgical Unit
    Procedure Center
    Shortstay Observational Unit

    Contact Information

    Nurse Residency Program
    [email protected]
    (970) 644-3429


    Community Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. Our goal is to help nurses grow professionally and become confident nurses who exhibit longevity within our organization. In order to be qualify for a position you must:
  • Be a graduate of an accredited BSN or ADN nursing program.
  • Have a current Colorado State RN license (licensure is required by start of employment). You may apply before you are licensed.
  • 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 six months experience or have never worked as an RN previously.
  • Upon hire, sign a contractual agreement to commit to the yearlong program that is associated with bonus incentives at the 1st , 2nd and 3rd year of employment, after completion of the program.
  • Have Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification upon hire.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation.
  • 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

    The Nurse Residency Program has bi-annual start dates.

    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.

    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. The Nurse Residency Program Coordinator, Nursing Director and/or Manager of specified unit, Nursing Educator, preceptor and nursing staff members may be present during the interview.

    If you are selected to be a part of the Community Hospital Nurse Residency Program, you will receive an email with an acceptance letter and job offer from the Community Hospital Human Resources Department. Candidates that are not chosen at this time will receive an email 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.