MIHS Nurse Residency Program

What types of Nurse Residency Programs are available in MIHS?
MIHS Medical Center has one Nurse Residency Program. All new graduate nurses apply into the New Graduate Residency Department. This is a comprehensive 3 month program that strengthens the new grad RN’s knowledge base and prepares them for patient care. Upon successful completion of the residency program, the new grad will qualify for placement in one of the designated units. New grad RNs must successfully complete his/her probationary period in the designated unit and work a minimum of 12 months prior to being considered for transfer to a higher acuity area such as Emergency Dept., Intensive Care Units, etc.

Who is eligible for the Nurse Residency Program?
Our Nurse Residency is primarily for graduate nurses, including MIHS employees that have completed nursing school and obtained a BSN or enrolled in a bridge program with a set completion date.

If I have experience as a nurse, will I need to participate in the Nurse Residency Program?
Upon application, if you possess less than six months experience as an RN you may also apply to the Nurse Residency program. If you are an RN that has not practiced at the bedside for more than two years, you may also apply and attend certain portions of the program.

How often do you offer the Nurse Residency Program?
We offer the Nurse Residency Program twice a year depending on staffing needs, starting in January and June.

How do I apply?
Please submit your application online at http://mihs.org/working-at-mihs/job-openings under Graduate Registered Nurse (New Grad RN Program). When program is available.

If I am hired into the Nurse Residency Program, will I be paid and eligible for benefits?
Yes. Graduate Nurse Residents are considered full time employees and eligible to receive benefits and vacation, sick, and paid holidays after the accrual period (subject to changes in Human Resources policies, rules, and regulations).

Do you offer shift and weekend differentials in the Nurse Residency program?
Yes. Shift differentials are offered for evening, night, and weekends (subject to changes in Human Resources policies, rules, and regulations).

If hired into the Nurse Residency program, what shifts/hours will I be working during my Residency Program?
For the first nine weeks you will have one designated day for classroom or simulated lab instruction and two 12 hour clinical shifts on a medical unit with your assigned preceptor. Clinical shifts may be days or nights dependent upon preceptor availability and unit requirements. For the remainder of the program you will work three 12 hour clinical shifts on a medical unit with your assigned preceptor.


  • There is a commitment of at least one year of employment after completion of Residency Program.
  • Employees (Graduate RN’s) are eligible to use PTO after they have completed 90 days of continuous employment.
  • Most recent “Official” transcripts with grades up to the semester prior to application with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. If you are a nursing student or recent graduate, these letters should be from nursing instructors or preceptors.
  • RNs must provide proof of AZ nursing licensure or eligibility.
  • The NCLEX exam must be scheduled and examination completed with obtainment of license prior to starting orientation.
  • Ability to work 36-40 hours per week.
  • All graduation requirements must be met (including exit exams) prior to the start date of the nurse residency program.