The right start
Our RN Residency/Fellowship Program provides RNs with everything they need to transition from school to the hospital floor. Residents and Fellows quickly develop their critical thinking and clinical nursing skills through a combination of didactic and simulation learning in conjunction with a preceptor environment.
Since 2011, Swedish has graduated over 1,100 strong, compassionate and driven nurses through our RN Residency/ Fellowship Programs. And we offer something for every nurse, with a wide range of learning tracks:
- Critical care
- Emergency department
- Neonatal ICU
- Behavioral health/psychiatric
Learning in a Safe Environment
Simulation is the star of our Residency. Simulations allow Residents and Fellows to experience the most stressful components of working in their specialty where there is zero risk to patients. Learning in this safe environment allows Residents and Fellows to act with confidence and competence when they are in high-stakes scenarios with patients.
Thanks to generous donations from the community and the Swedish Foundation, simulations use high-fidelity mannequins in actual patient rooms that are built into a former nursing unit. The environment includes a typical nurses’ station, medication room and supply room, as well as familiar equipment—so the experience is truly lifelike.
What to Expect with Orientation Shifts
Throughout the first year of employment, nurse educators help support the growth and development of our Residents and Fellows. New nurses practice under the direct, 1:1 supervision of an experienced nurse preceptor and during this time, continue to receive mentoring, support and training to ensure success.
The orientation length varies, but could include:
- 12 weeks in MedSurg, Postpartum and Telemetry
- 16 or more weeks in Critical Care areas
- 20 or more weeks in Labor and Delivery
Most RN Residents and Fellows can expect:
- Orientation on a day shift for 6-12 weeks
- Being assigned to a specific unit and shift when they are nearing the end of orientation
- To stay on the unit they are oriented to
- 72-80 hours of work per two-week pay period
- 12-hour shifts
- Night and evening shifts
- Weekend and holiday shifts
- To stay at Swedish for two years after the completion of orientation
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