Nurse Residency Program
The Nurse Residency Program at Hillsboro Medical Center, an OHSU Health partner, provides up to 6 months of specialized training to foster the development of professional nursing skills in a clinical specialty area.
This program is structured to help nurses acquire practical skills, build confidence and gain experience in a community-based medical center setting.
- Specialized nursing training in various areas, including:
- Acute Care Units (Medical Surgical and Observation Units)
- Cardiac Cath Lab (Cath Lab)
- Emergency Department (ED)
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Unit (LDRP)
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Operating Room (OR)
- Progressive Care Unit/Step Down Unit (PCU)
- Team-based training in each program, where nurse preceptors, physicians, interdisciplinary care team members and clinical specialty practice leaders work together to provide a comprehensive learning experience.
- Opportunities to contribute to unit-based councils and engage in quality-improvement projects.
- Curriculum and clinical experiences designed to support the learning process with a combination of hands-on precepted patient care, clinical expert lead theory-based seminars, clinical looping experiences, drills, skills and patient simulations
The Nurse Residency Program cohorts are available year-round, with sessions offered quarterly, during the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
As a resident, you will have the opportunity to:
- Collaborate with our knowledgeable health care team and educators.
- Contribute to evidence-based practice, research opportunities and management of emergent patient care needs.
- Develop essential critical thinking, communication, teamwork, resiliency and leadership skills.
- Enhance specialty specialty nursing assessment, procedural, equipment and patient care skills.
Our residency program prepares you for a career in your chosen nursing specialty hospital unit and to continue advancing your professional nursing practice.
Weekly Training Hours and Program Length per Speciality
The Nurse Residency Program’s typical weekly training hours and timeframe by department/unit:
- Acute Care Unit – 36 hours/week for up to 12 weeks
- Cardiac Cath Lab (Cath Lab) – 40 hours/week for up to 24 weeks
- Emergency Department – 36 hours/week for up to 24 weeks
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) – 36 hours/week for up to 24 weeks
- Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Unit (LDRP) – 36 hours/week for up to 24 weeks
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – 36 hours/week for up to 24 weeks
- Operating Room (OR) – 40 hours/week for up to 24 weeks
- Progressive Care Unit (PCU) – 36 hours/week for up to 12 weeks