UC Irvine Health Affairs

Nurse Residency Program

The new graduate Nurse Residency Program is designed to support the new graduate hired at UC Irvine Health to transition from advanced beginner to competent professional. There is no application process for the Nurse Residency Program. The new graduate hired at UC Irvine Health is automatically enrolled in the program, as an overlay to orientation. 

This formal, structured, post-baccalaureate new graduate program is part of the University Health System Consortium (UHC)/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program. The program content is built on an evidence-based curriculum and is highly interactive and supportive. Nursing leaders from UC Irvine Health mentor and guide the new graduate in mastering the challenges of changes in the healthcare delivery system, advances in treatment and technologies, and increasing patient acuity.

The UC Irvine Health Nurse Residency Program builds upon previous undergraduate nursing education and clinical competencies. The program consists of a series of learning and work experiences designed to assist the new graduate nurse in the transition to their first professional role and become leaders at the patient’s bedside. The core curriculum topics include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Patient safety-minimizing risk
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional development

This one-year program helps new graduate nurses develop effective decision-making abilities in clinical judgment and performance. Nurses gain more clinical nursing leadership at the point of care.


  • Must be current RN new-hire at UC Irvine Health
  • Must be first paid position as a new-grad RN
  • Must commit to the one-year residency program

There is no application process for the Nurse Residency Program. Only new graduate nurses hired at UC Irvine Health are eligible. Please refer to the UC Irvine Health Career Opportunities site for Clinical Nurse I job opportunities. Once hired, admission to the Nurse Residency Program is automatic.