A better way to transition from the classroom to a clinical setting

Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency ProgramWillis-Knighton’s Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ offers you an option for a smoother transition into your first professional nursing role. Gain evidence-based learning and work experiences focused on leadership, patient outcomes and professionalism.

From the first day to the end of the 12-month curriculum, the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ helps you lay a solid foundation for your career and future advancement. Training based on leadership as well as preceptor and mentor relationships is uniquely designed to ease the move from the classroom to the hospital and assures continued support from a community of professionals.

Benefits of Residency versus Standard Orientation

Typical Nursing Orientation Nurse Residency Program
General overview Specific focus on transition from school to profession
Focuses on skills needed in a specific clinical area Focuses on developing as a professional with a solid foundation of evidence-based practice and a broader focus, including relationship building, performance improvement, leadership skills and stress management.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements to qualify for the Nurse Residency Program?
    You must be a Registered Nurse with less than one year of experience to qualify for the Nurse Residency Program.
  • How do I apply for the Nurse Residency Program?
    There is no application needed for the Nurse Residency Program. Once you accept a position at Willis-Knighton, you are automatically enrolled in the program if you meet the requirements for the program!
  • How does the Nurse Residency Program affect my orientation to my unit?
    Your orientation to your clinical area will not be affected by the Nurse Residency Program. The focus of your orientation is to educate you on specific skills needed for your clinical area. The Nurse Residency Program will continue for a full 12 months to assist the transition into professional nursing practice.

Have Additional Questions?

If you have questions about the application process or the program, contact the Nurse Residency Coordinator:

Denise Jones, DNP, RN, CCRN-K
(318) 212-8421
djones1@wkhs.com