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.

Important dates

Winter 2022 New Graduate Nurse Residency

Program Start Date: February 2022
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now.

Summer 2022 New Graduate Nurse Residency

Program Start Date: July 2022
Online application available starting December 2021 through January 31, 2022 (Rolling admissions, based on applicant response - Spots may fill up before the end of the application period, so get your application in early!)

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 two-year, 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 tracks

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

Qualification requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited BSN or MSN program within one year prior to start date
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Completion of NCLEX prior to start date
  • Nurse intern/extern experience preferred
  • No previous RN experience
  • Minimum commitment of two years of full-time work, following completion of unit-based orientation

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
  • Two residency programs are offered yearly in February and July
  • 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.
    • You must complete the Nursing Career Battery associated with the application. This online assessment is used to evaluate how well you might match with our mission, vision, and values. Please complete the Nursing Career Battery, allowing for 45 minutes of uninterrupted time.
    • 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 (reflecting a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater)
    • 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.
  • Summer Cohort candidates must attend the official Interview Day.
  • Winter Cohort candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.
  • 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 2022 New Graduate Nurse Residency Program information flyer