Nurse Residency Program


The McLaren Northern Michigan Nurse Residency Program, provided by Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is a structured curriculum designed for nurses who want to continue their professional growth through curriculum-based learning and practice. The 12-month program is designed to support the successful transition, from novice to proficient, of graduate nurses into a professional RN role in an acute care setting. 

Upcoming 2018 Cohort Start Dates: September, December


New graduate RN full-time positions may be offered on the following units:

  • Medical Surgical - Orthopedics, Neurology, and Urology (Level 2 South)
  • Medical Surgical - Oncology (Level 3)
  • Medical Surgical - Adult Acute Care (Level 2 North)
  • Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Obstetrics & Pediatrics
  • Acute Rehabilitation


Position Specifics:


  • Full-time positions - 72 hours per pay period
  • 12 hour shifts - nights, days, or variable
  • Weekend Rotations (every other or every third depending on unit needs)
  • Clinical Orientation - minimum 2 days for all RNs joining MNM
  • Unit Orientation - paired with 1-3 Preceptors for 4 to 8 weeks depending on unit & progress

    Program Summary:

  • 12 month Graduate RN Residency Program Curriculum
  • 4 hours per month in the classroom and Sim Lab
  • Submission & Presentation of an Evidence Based Project required for graduation


  • Must be a graduate of a school of nursing (CCNE or ACEN preferred)
  • Licensed to practice nursing in the State of Michigan
  • Must have less than 1 year of RN/LPN experience
  • ADN or BSN (As a Magnet organization, for those hired into an RN position after January 1, 2014, it is required to obtain a BSN within five years of your start date as an RN with McLaren Northern Michigan. Certification in the specialty area of practice is strongly encouraged.)

    Portfolio Requirements:

  • Online Application & Survey
  • Professional Resume & Cover Letter
  •  Two Letters of Recommendation from your RN Clinical Instructors on school letterhead
  • A copy of unofficial transcript(s)
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare ProviderCommitment to the 1 year Residency Program and 2 years of employment


Janis Bishop, RN, MSN, CNL, Manager - Nurse Residency Program

(231) 487-3042 or

Laura Hill, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Nurse Residency Program

(231) 487-5090 or