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Nurse Residency

CHI Memorial RN Residency Program at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ANCC Accredited PTAP

Accredited since 2017, CHI Memorial’s RN Residency Program was the first in Tennessee to achieve accreditation. As of December 2019 nearly 500 new graduate nurses have completed the residency since our first cohort in July 2015 when our program was revamped. New nurses gain exposure to different areas, find a department that’s a great fit for both the nurse and their team and feel comfortable in their new roles as they strive to grow in their careers.

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. CHI Memorial is currently accepting applications for the September 2020 cohort.

Meet your team

(l-r) Justina Holmes, MSN, RN-BC, RN Residency Program Coordinator - Phase 1; Kristin Powell, MSN, RN-BC., Director of Professional Practice; Tammi Potter, MSN, RN, Program Coordinator- Clinical Education; Christine Erickson, MSN, RN, RN Residency Program Coordinator - Phase 2

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 six months of acute care experience
  • Must be licensed as a registered nurse by the 2nd 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

Welcome February 2020 RN residents

To learn more about nursing opportunities at CHI Memorial, call our Recruitment Office at (423) 495-2769 or click on the link below.


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