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Nurse Residency Program

Billings Clinic Nursing Residency

Billings Clinic's Nurse Residency program helps new registered nurses bridge the gap in the transition from student to a competent professional nurse over their first two years of practice. Our Nurse Residency program offers a supportive environment which allows new nurses to gain the competence and confidence needed to be an integral part of the health care team at Billings Clinic.

Nurse Residents are full-time employees who are eased into the role of professional nurse under the guidance and support of:

  • unit preceptors
  • nursing educators
  • unit management teams

Learning Environment

The program consists of active learning activities that take place in a guided and supportive practice environment using experiential learning modalities.  For example, simulated patient care scenarios and case studies help develop:

  • clinical judgment
  • performance
  • clinical leadership skills

Nurse residents form a connection to the residency team; participate in guided reflections, and monthly journaling opportunities on their journey to become a reflective practitioner.

At the end of Year One, each resident reports out on their evidence-based project on a subject that interests them. Year Two finds the residents returning quarterly to continue learning in the supportive residency atmosphere.


Who is  Eligible?

  • All new grad nurses are accepted into the program (ADN, BSN, Accelerated BSN, or MSN)
  • New graduates with less than 12 months working RN experience

Program Expectations and Requirements

  • Montana RN license to start employment
  • Willingness to commit to Year One monthly didactic sessions
  • Willingness to commit to Year Two quarterly didactic  sessions
  • Actively participate in all sessions including completing an evaluation of sessions
  • Actively participate in orientation progress meetings with the preceptor, nurse residence faculty, and clinical leadership team
  • Participate and report out on an evidence-based project at the end of Year 1

Nurse Residency Topics

Technical (Clinical Skills)

  • IVs
  • Tubes
  • Lines
  • Drains
  • Head to Toe Assessment
  • Fall Assessments
  • Skin/Wound/Ostomy Assessment & Care
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Assessments
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Medication Safety
  • Responding to Changes in Patient Condition
  • Oversedation
  • Pain Management

Non-Technical (Soft) Skills

  • Role Transition
  • Time Management
  • Delegation/Prioritization
  • Self-Care
  • Difficult Communication
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Informatics
  • Quality Improvement
  • Stress Management
  • Critical Thinking/Reasoning
  • Patient & Employee Safety
  • Leadership Skills
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Ethics
  • End of Life Patient Care
  • Relational Coordination
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Utilizing Inter-professional Teams
  • Resources & Services
  • Professionalism
  • Lateral Violence Prevention
  • Diversion Prevention
  • Shared Governance
  • Finding Your Voice in Your Unit

Contact Information

Nurse Residency

Cheryl M. Miller, MSN RN-BC CHSE

Program Coordinator


New Nurse Graduates
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New Graduates Residency Opportunities

Nurse Residency Important Dates

Upcoming Cohort Start Dates 

May Graduates - June/July 2018 

August Graduates - Sept./Oct. 2018

December Graduates - Feb./March 2019 

Current Application Acceptance Period

Applications for NEW GRADUATES will be accepted during this time-frame ONLY.

May Graduates - Please Apply January 15, 2018 to March 2, 2018

August Graduates - Please apply May 7, 2018 to May 25, 2018

December Graduates - Please apply August 10, 2018 to August 28, 2018.