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Sanford Health Nursing Residency Program

Available at our Fargo location

What is the Sanford Health Nurse Residency Program?
The first months of your professional nursing career as a Registered Nurse can be intimidating and frightening. The Nurse Residency Program supports and enhances new graduate Registered Nurses's development during the first year of practice. Through twelve monthly sessions, the program is designed to promote an effective transition into professional practice as you begin your path to achieving greatness.

Who is in the Nurse Residency Program?
All new graduate RNs who will be working in an inpatient setting in the Fargo region will be included in this program. New graduate RNs will be grouped together according to your date of hire to journey through the program. Some variations in the program exist for certain specialty clinical areas.

When does this program start?
To be eligible for Nurse Residency Program, you must have graduated from an accredited school of nursing within the last six months. Nurse Residency Programs start three times throughout the year.

What do we do in these monthly sessions?
In the monthly sessions, you will engage in a highly interactive and enriching learning process. Each session focuses on various clinical and professional growth topics utilizing health care experts to guide and advance your clinical judgment and ability to problem solve as well as expand your outlook on your professional career. Past Nurse Residents have shared that the program also offers a great opportunity to meet other new graduate nurses and share experiences and concerns.

Here are a few of their comments:

  • "It's nice to know I'm not the only one feeling this way."
  • "It's good to recognize faces and know names when I'm off my unit."
  • "I really enjoy hearing from the other Nurse"

Program outcomes
The Nurse Residency Program builds upon your undergraduate education and clinical competencies to strengthen these aspects of nursing:

  • Leadership at the point of care
  • Patient outcomes
  • Your professional role

Support for the program
A Nurse Residency Program Coordinator will be in contact with nurse residents throughout the program. During your unit-specific orientation, a preceptor will also be assigned to each new graduate RN. A service educator (an RN working on your unit) is also available for guidance on unit-specific needs.

How do I apply?
To apply for a registered nurse position at Sanford Health Fargo Region, complete an application online by visiting For questions related to employment, please contact the employment line at (701) 234-4600 to be transferred to the appropriate recruiter.  Click Here for more information.

To receive more information regarding the Nurse Residency Program, contact either:

Megan Hills
(701) 280-4809

Connie Hoffman, MS, RN-BC
(701) 280-4845