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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

ANCC Accreditation Billings Clinic Nurse Residency Program was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.  The web directory of accredited programs will reflect this special designation.   

Billings Clinic is the second healthcare system in the state of Montana to be awarded this distinction, joining Kalispell Regional Healthcare. This designation will help to recruit and retain high caliber nurses and validates that the program meets and exceeds evidence-based quality standards.

Contact Information

For Nurse Residency questions

Ann Gill, MS, RN, CNOR

Kelsey Meyer, BSN, RN, CMSRN

For Nurse Residency Human Resources questions

Kelly Frost, Talent & Workforce Partner, Human Resources

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New Graduates Residency Opportunities

Nurse Residency Important Dates

Upcoming Cohort Start Dates 

May Graduates - July/August 2019 

August Graduates - October/November 2019

December Graduates - March/April 2020

Current Application Acceptance Period

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

May Graduates - Please Apply January 28, 2019 to February 15, 2019

August Graduates - Please apply May 6, 2019 to May 24, 2019

December Graduates - Please apply September 23, 2019 to October 12, 2019.