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Providence Nursing Institute – Transition into Practice (TIP)

Providence nursing is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which each resident and fellow is able to realize their maximum potential and contribute to the success of the nursing profession in caring for our patient, families, communities and each other.

New Graduate RNs: The TIP program (Resident) is an exceptional professional development program designed to support your progression as a new graduate RN from education to practice as you transition into your first professional nursing role. Requirements: Nurse residents have graduated within the last 18 months and have less than 12 months of experience.

Experienced RNs: The TIP program (Fellow) is designed for your career advancement, through support for your transition into a new clinical practice specialty. Requirements: Nurse fellows have more than 12 months of experience in the same practice setting.

How to apply

The Residency program is offered throughout the year. Check back periodically for updated program information and open application acceptance dates, which is typically 3 months prior to the cohort start date. Each posting period will be available for a limited time.

TIP programs include:

  • Core Fundamentals Curriculum for the Nurse Resident
  • Specialty Specific Curriculum blending both on-line and classroom based learning
  • A Preceptor supported unit orientation.
  • Clinical Simulation scenarios for skill acquisition
  • Ongoing evaluation and feedback
  • Program length varies based on the needs of each person within each specialty

TIP program objectives

The TIP Nurse Residency and Fellow programs emphasize interprofessional, collaborative, patient-centered care. TIP nurses will gain:

  • Clinical coaching in a Preceptor led environment; building practice-based clinical skills and professional practice development in a defined practice setting caring for a unique patient population
  • Effective patient and family care focused communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge in evidence-based nursing practice
  • Hands on practical application supported by an evidence-based curriculum.
  • Providence nurses play an integral role in a variety of practice settings as part of Providence’s patient-centered practice model. Interprofessional team based clinical partnerships are foundational in our approach to caring for those we serve.


1. Do you need to have your RN license in order to apply?
No, but you need to have it prior to your start date.

2. I have my RN license already, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, as long as you have one year or less of nursing experience by the time the cohort starts.

3. Do I have to have a BSN to apply?
No, however we would like to have you enrolled in a BSN course within 2 years.

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4. How many positions do you have open?
This will vary by hospital.

5. How many hospitals (Ministries) would be offering positions for the Residency?
Currently 8 hospitals in the Portland area will be participating. Portland Providence Medical Center, St. Vincent Medical Center, Willamette Falls, Newberg and Milwaukee, Seaside, Medford, and Hood River.

6. How many times a year do you have a new cohort starting?
We will be having 3 cohorts a year, approx. March, July/Aug, & October.

7. How long is the program?
The 8 core fundamentals training session support the first year of practice. Specialty training program lengths vary (Med/Surg/Tele, ED, OB, OR, Critical Care)

8. What clinical areas will be hired in the cohorts?
Areas could include - ED, ICU, OR, L&D, Med/Surg/Telemetry

9. Is this a paid Residency?
Yes, you are hired into a position and paid as a nurse new graduate per our union contract.

10. Can I choose the area I want?
We will ask what your area of interest is and what location.

11. Is there a cost to attend this year long training?

12. Is there a minimum length of work commitment should I be offered a position?
We would like to have you stay with Providence for 2 years.

13. Would I be able to change areas later in the cohort?
You would be able to transfer to another department after your 1 year of training in your specialty, and then apply for other positions.

14. What shifts will be offered?
Shifts offered could be day, evening, or nights.

15. How many hours will I be working?
You could work 8, 10, or 12 hour shifts.

16. What days of the week will I be expected to work?
You could work any day of the week, typically schedules are made 30 days in advance and have rotating schedules.

17. What activities do I need to commit to participate in throughout the Residency?
You will attend the 8 core fundament sessions in the first year, as well as specialty content sessions. You will work with your manager to register for these.

18. When can I apply?
We will have each opportunity open for 2 weeks approximately 2- 3 months prior to each cohort.

19. What materials do you require upon application?
Cover letter, application, resume

20. What type of references do you require?
We will ask for 5 clinical references

21. What will the process look like?
Once the position closes we will send video essay questions via HireVue to top candidates. Once those are screened, the next steps in the process would be references, then top candidates are selected for face-to-face interviews.