Nurse Residency Program

Welcome to the New Graduate Nurse Residency Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Our Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program™ provides the mentoring and orientation that you need to safely and successfully transition from student nurse to professional nurse. We are committed to helping you build a foundation of clinical experience that will allow you to provide inquisitive, evidence-based clinical care. New-to-practice nurses will find valuable training in our structured and supportive learning environment. Our residency has launched more than 1,000 new graduate nurses into satisfying, successful careers aligned with trainees’ long-term professional goals.

Nurse Residency Start Dates




Application Dates

New Graduate applications are accepted on a rolling basis through a general nurse residency application. Submit your application through the Apply Now button on this page

Learn from the best.

Start your career with the Magnet®-recognized nursing team at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program™ is an opportunity to develop your clinical and leadership skills in a supportive, hands-on environment.

Become the best.

As a MedStar Georgetown Nurse Resident, you’ll attend monthly seminars and learning activities, develop an individual career development plan, complete an evidence-based practice project related to a specialty topic of your choice, and sharpen your clinical skills. This program extends throughout your first year of practice and lays the foundation for a successful nursing career for many years to come. All Nurse Residents make a eighteen-month, full-time commitment— a fantastic opportunity to begin your career with a prestigious institution.

Program highlights

  • Year long, structured residency
  • One-on-one, unit-based preceptorship
  • Three to six month long clinical orientation
  • Individual professional development plan
  • Access to a unit-based Clinical Educator
  • Mentorship with a Clinical Nurse Facilitator
  • Clinical classes related to nursing specialty and patient population, as well as classes such as:
    • Phlebotomy
    • Code response
    • Chest tubes
    • Respiratory care
  • Monthly seminars focused on professional development and common first year challenges
  • Completion of an evidence-based project
  • Generous benefits package with educational assistance
  • Competitive salary and shift differentials
  • Relocation reimbursement assistance (based on eligibility)

Residency Positions

New graduate nurses are hired to work on a specific unit within the hospital. Positions are generally available in the following areas:

  • Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Transplant, Neuroscience Units
  • Perioperative Units and Operating Rooms
  • Pediatric, Neonatal and Perinatal Units
  • Intermediate and Intensive Care Units, Emergency Department

Qualification requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited nursing program within one year prior to start date. Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing preferred. Associates degree from an accredited School of nursing required. BSN enrollment required within 6 months of start date and completion within 3 years.
  • Completion of NCLEX prior to start date
  • Nurse intern/extern experience preferred
  • No previous RN experience
  • Minimum commitment of 18-months of full-time work

Getting hired

  • For most candidates, Nurse Residency applications are accepted prior to graduation from a nursing program
  • New graduate nurses are only hired through the residency program
  • New graduate nurses interview for and are hired to work on a specific unit
  • Residency programs begin three times a year, in February, July and October
  • Application Steps:
    • Complete online application titled “New Graduate Nurse Residency Program” during the open application period.
    • List current nursing school cumulative GPA in resume
    • If you have a desired unit, track or specialty area, please specify in your cover letter. If you do know your specialty interest or are open to all specialties, it is not necessary to specify at this stage in application process.
    • Applications will be reviewed and top candidates contacted to move forward in the application process.
  • If selected to move to forward, additional documentation will be requested, including:
    • Current resume
    • Current official transcript
    • Two clinical faculty reference letters (on official university letterhead)
    • Employer reference if you have worked as a Nurse Technician/Extern/CNA/Care Partner
    • Unit or specialty area preference
  • Invitations to interview will be extended to top candidates.
  • Offers will be extended to top candidates. Acceptance decisions are generally requested within one week.

Additional information and resources

Contact us

Please call us at 202-444-1215 or send us an email at

Download our New Graduate Nurse Residency Program information flyer