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Nurse Residency Program

Billings Clinic Nursing Residency

The Billings Clinic Nurse Residency program supports newly registered nurses through the transition from student to competent professional nurse during the first year of practice.  The one-year program provides graduate nurses with the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver competent, safe, and effective patient-centered care. Nurse Residents are full-time employees who are eased into the role of professional nurse under the guidance and support of:

  • Unit preceptors
  • Education Development Specialists
  • Unit Management Teams
  • Nurse Resident Specialists

Learning Environment

Nurse Residents form a strong connection with the Nurse Residency Team.  The program consists of guided learning activities, opportunities to identify essential resources, and reflective debrief sessions. Competency attainment centers on:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Safety
  • Quality Improvement
  • Evidence-base Practice
  • Patient Centered Care
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Systems-based Practice
  • Informatics & Technology

Evidence-based PracticeNurse Residency Presentation

Nurse Residents build scholarly inquiry skills while researching and developing an Evidence-based project. These research projects are presented to hospital leaders and educators during the graduation ceremony.  Members of the Nursing Research Council (NRC) and the Collaborative Science & Innovation team collaborate with Nurse Residents to refine and advance their project ideas.

Photo: Hannah Blodgett from ICC presents her EBP project before a team of hospital leaders.


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
  • Commit to one year of monthly didactic sessions
  • Participate in orientation progress meetings with the preceptor, nurse residency specialists, and clinical leadership team
  • Develop and present 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

Relational 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 is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

Billings Clinic Nurse Residency at Billings Clinic Hospital is recognized by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) as an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP).

Contact Information

For Nurse Residency questions

Kelsey Meyer, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Nurse Residency Specialist
Office: 406-435-6956
Cell: 406-672-4996

AJ Peterschick, BSN, RN
Nurse Residency Specialist
Office: 406-435-6330

For Nurse Residency Human Resources questions

Andrea Doll, Talent & Workforce Coordinator

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New Graduates Residency Opportunities

Nurse Residency Important Dates

If you possess a nursing license and have less than 12 months of experience, we accept applications year-round.

If you have not graduated from nursing school, see deadlines below. Candidates who apply after closing dates will still be considered.

May 2022 Graduate Application Period:

  • Opens January 1, 2022
  • Closes February 5, 2022
  • Specialty Units, starting February 2022
  • MED/SURG, starting late February 2022

August 2022 Graduate Application Period:

  • Opens March 15, 2022
  • Closes May 20, 2022
  • Specialty Units, starting May 2022
  • MED/SURG, starting May 2022

December 2022 Graduate Application Period:

  • Opens June 25 1, 2022
  • Closes October 1, 2022
  • Specialty Units, starting October 2022
  • MED/SURG, starting October 2022