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Nurse Residency Program
Questions and Answers

You are excited about receiving your nursing degree. You have such great skills to offer our organization. You may have many questions about what to do next so that you can be fully prepared to get started in your nursing profession. Listed below are some commonly asked questions that may assist you as you navigate our application process.  If you have additional questions, please give us a call or send us an email. We will be glad to help you out. 406-435-6954 or cmiller11@billingsclinic.org.

I am a graduate currently residing outside of Montana, am I eligible for the program?

You will need a MT RN license before starting employment with Billings Clinic. See state license requirements for compact states and those not compact states, yet. Out of state nurses are encouraged to apply for a MT license at the time of their NCLEX if they live in another state. See compact state information for more details on compact licensure or refer questions about that to Human Resources (HR).

Can I submit my application without my license or NCLEX taken already?

It is not required to have your NCLEX taken or scheduled during the application process. You will need a MT RN license prior to starting to work at Billings Clinic.

When do I let HR know about my scheduled NCLEX test date?

Contact Human Resources at (406) 238-2595 when you know your scheduled NCLEX test date so they can alert the Nurse Residency Program and the program can plan cohort start dates for your anticipated arrival.

What if I do not pass the first time I take the NCLEX?

When HR is notified by you, that you did not pass they contact the unit manager and the decision is made to hold or rescind the offer of employment. The decision to hold your position for another attempt at the NCLEX means you are responsible for keeping in contact with HR to let them know your next scheduled test date and those results so that we can plan for your start date and entry into the orientation here at Billings Clinic.

What happens after I pass the NCLEX?

Contact Human Resources with your result, they will help you through the onboarding process including Pre-Employment Testing and the orientation scheduling process. If you have requested time off that will occur within the first six to eight weeks of employment please inform HR of this so we can work together to determine the appropriate start time to allow for your personal time off requests around our selected start dates. We want your onboarding to be as smooth a process as possible without interruptions in time on the unit and in residency sessions.

When can I apply to a position?

Application deadlines are listed on our site. The application period is open for a limited amount of time each cohort start period. Please plan to apply during the stated time frames. When you see the position posted you can apply.

What materials are needed to apply?

See our job listings and website for more details. In submitting your application you will need to have letters of recommendation, GPA, and answers to our questions ready to insert into the application.Once my application is submitted what’s the next step?

You are welcome to sign back into the system using your username/password and follow the progress of your application from there. If you need additional information or have concerns you can contact Human Resources at (406) 238-2595.

What happens after the screening process?

After the screening process, HR schedules you if you’ve been chosen to come in for an interview. After the interview you should hear back from HR within a week or two. When the position is closed you will be notified, if you were not chosen via e-mail.

How long can the process take?

The total process can take up to 2-6 weeks after the application acceptance date passes to allow for interview scheduling, Interviews, manager decisions, and notifying you.

When do I hear back if I’ve been offered a position?

After the interview you should hear back from HR within a week or two. You may also hear back if a unit peer interview is requested.

When will I be notified of the opportunity to interview for a position at Billings Clinic?

A couple of weeks after the application close date we will start scheduling interviews.

What factors are considered when offering opportunities to interview?

After the application acceptance period ends, all applications are reviewed and scored based on established criteria such as work, volunteer experience, leadership experience, and faculty references. Once applications are pre-screened they are ranked and offers for interviews are made.

How many applicants will be interviewed for the positions available?

We generally interview 2-3 times the number of applicants that we plan to hire. (Example: If a unit specific unit is planning to hire 5 nurse residents, they will most often interview up to 15 candidates.)

How long will the interview last?

Interviews are usually up to 30 minutes in length. Interviews are usually on Tuesdays and are a group interview style.

How many residents will be hired?

The number of residents hired for each cohort group is determined in collaboration with the leaders of those clinical areas and is based on the number of current staff vacancies.

What if I have vacation time requests, prior to my interview?

Please mention these vacation requests to Human Resources prior to interviewing. The request may mean that you will be placed in the next cohort based on your needs for time off.

What if I have vacation time requests, after my interview?

Please mention these vacation requests to Human Resources after interviewing and prior to scheduling your start date. The request may mean that you will be placed in a later orientation start date or the next cohort based on your needs for time off. We would prefer to work around your needs than disrupt your orientation. You are not eligible for paid leave during the orientation portion of your employment.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my application or after my interview?

You are welcome to sign back into the system using your username/password and follow the progress of your application from there. If you need additional information or have concerns you can contact Human Resources at (406) 238-2595.

How often is Nurse Residency offered?

The Nurse Residency Program has cohort start dates at minimum three times a year, in February, July, and October. Start dates may vary based on organizational needs and the passing NCLEX status of our nurse graduates.

Who is eligible for the Nurse Residency Program?

The Nurse Residency is for graduate nurses with less than 12 months of RN working experience, who have graduated from an accredited nursing program (ADN, BSN, Accelerated BSN, or MSN). Nurse residents must have graduated and passed the NCLEX to join us.

How long is the Nurse Residency Program?

The nurse residency program is an extensive one year long commitment to monthly, 4 hour educational sessions. The second year of the residency then meets quarterly for 2 hours a session. The total program is two years long.

If I have less than 6 months of experience, am I eligible for the Nurse Residency?

Yes, nurses with less than a year of RN experience or those moving into acute care from other care settings are offered the opportunity to join the Nurse Residency Program upon hire to Billings Clinic.

Is there a format for the letter of intent?

No. The letter of intent should be freeform. This letter provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your individuality and style of communication. The letter should not exceed one page.

Will I be able to attend nursing school (BSN) during the Nurse Residency Program?

You are given 3 years from your start date to complete your BSN, enrolling into your BSN program right away is up to you. Full-time is considered 36-40 hours per week. Work is a full time commitment on top of family and other commitments the new graduate nurse might have in their first year.

Contact Information

Nurse Residency

Cheryl M. Miller, MSN RN-BC CHSE

Program Coordinator

cmiller11@billingsclinic.org

406-435-6954

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.