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RN Residency Program

Mercy Medical Center's RN Residency Program enhances the skills and confidence of new nursing graduates, which leads to improved patient care and outcomes. Hospitals that employ RN Residency Programs have shown extraordinary results—including financial and clinical quality—and benefit through significant reduction in first and second-year new graduate turnover.

Why the RN Residency Program?

The Graduate RN Residency program assists registered nurse graduates in transitioning from nursing school students to professional practitioners. The program is built on an evidence-based model consisting of clinical experience, classroom education, support, and mentoring. The comprehensive program enables Mercy Medical Center to foster the transition from nursing student to professional RN in a supportive environment.

This highly successful six-month program includes:

  • One-to-One Preceptors  and Professional Resource Support
  • Didactic Setting and Skills Review
  • Role and Unit Rotations

Caring, Committed Mentor

RN Residents will be assigned unit-based instructional RN preceptor to help develop clinical knowledge and experience. When 100% of assigned competencies have been validated successfully, the individual is considered to be included in productive staffing. 

Each RN resident will be assigned an experienced RN to support and guide them during the residency period. This professional resource RN is not a preceptor or evaluator, simply a mentor who provides guidance, nurtures professional development, and encourages the learning process by enhancing the resident’s communication skills, confidence, and independence.

Didactic Setting and Skills Review

RN Residents will benefit from several hours each week of required classroom education and skills review.  Classroom focus is on policy interpretation, clinical scenarios promoting critical thinking, post-class debriefing, and safe demonstration of performed technical procedures and skills.

Role and Unit Rotations

During the RN Residency, residents become familiar with other units and areas related to their home unit for which they were hired.  RN Residents will also have an opportunity to shadow other members of the healthcare team to expand their knowledge to encompass a global perspective in patient-centered care.

Making Your Professional Goals Happen

This paid residency allows RN residents to learn in both classroom and clinical settings, working directly with experienced nurse preceptors in a hospital environment. 

Our nurses are a dedicated group of professionals who possess a personal sense of commitment and responsibility to providing care that facilitates health and healing. We embrace the concept that each patient and his or her family have a unique background and individual needs.

Application Process

We have a continuous enrollment process into our RN Residency program.  To learn more about RN New Graduate Residency opportunities at Mercy Medical Center and to apply, visit the Dignity Health / CommonSpirit Health Careers portal.


balloonsRN Residency Program Reception

You’re invited...

May 1, 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm

Mercy Medical Pavilion
315 Mercy Ave • Merced, CA 95340
3rd Floor, Classrooms C & D

Join us for an opportunity to meet our Nursing Leadership team to explore career development opportunities and connect over your professional interests.


Join Our Team!

At CommonSpirit Health, we believe our nursing care is the core foundation of our brand. As a newly licensed registered nurse (RN) and valued member of CommonSpirit Health Nursing, you will be supported by our NNRP as you transition to practice at one of our facilities. Through in-person and virtually-enhanced education and support, we will help you develop your critical thinking and evidence based decision-making skills, engagement, stress management capabilities, and leadership skills.