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Nurse Residency

CHI Memorial RN Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. 

Accredited since 2017, CHI Memorial’s RN Residency Program was the first in Tennessee to achieve accreditation. As of February 2023, more than 875 new graduate nurses have attended CHI Memorial's RN Residency Program since our first cohort in July 2015 when our program was revamped. New nurses are afforded the time to feel comfortable in their new roles as they strive to grow in their careers. 



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July 2024 cohort


CHI Memorial is accepting applications for the RN Residency Program July 2024 Cohort through June 14, 2024. Applications for the September 2024 Cohort will open May 2024. CHI Memorial offers:

  • $30/hr base pay for new graduate nurses plus
  • $10,000 sign-on bonus for med-surg/telemetry
  • $5,000 sign-on bonus for critical care, emergency department or surgery
  • $5,000 relocation package for more than 50 miles
  • $4/hr night shift differential
  • $2/hr weekend shift differential
  • Potential to receive a $1,000 bonus for CHI Memorial Professional Ladder participation

Program highlights

Our comprehensive, 12-month program provides recent graduates of nursing schools with a consistent and thorough orientation experience designed to transition them into professional practice successfully.

  • During the orientation phase of the program, residents:
  • gain access to key systems
  • complete orientation checklists
  • participate in simulations 
  • complete patient care with an experienced preceptor
  • further develop critical thinking skills and increase their confidence in providing safe patient care 

New nurses begin their training in February, July or September each year. Education and training are unique to the clinical track. 

Our RN residency program is improving the quality of care provided to patients while also increasing physician confidence in new graduate nurses. 

Meet your team

CHI Memorial RN Residency Team

(l-r) Tammi Potter, MSN, RN, Program Coordinator- Clinical Education; Rebekah Gilman, MSN, RN, CV-BC, NPD-BC, RN Residency Program Director; Kristin Powell, MSN, RN-BC., Market Director of Professional Practice, Alle Vitrano, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Phase 2Residency Program Coordinator

Career tracks available

  • Adult acute care
  • Adult critical care
  • Emergency department
  • Surgical services

Requirements for our program

  • Recent graduate nurse or registered nurse with less than 12 months of nursing experience
  • Must be licensed as a registered nurse by the second week of the cohort for which you are applying

Applying and preparing for your interview

After applying you will receive a link to schedule an interview.

Your interview may involve the residency team, our talent acquisition team and a manager from the area for which you are applying. 

Please be prepared to present the following at the time of your interview:

  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably from an instructor or professor)
  • A current copy of your resume