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Nursing Residencies

Earn while you learn at one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals.

Located in the heart of New Castle County, Delaware – and within easy driving distance from New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington – Christiana Care combines all the advantages of a community-based health system with the sophistication one of America’s Top 15 Major Teaching Hospitals.

Enjoy the ambiance and excitement of urban living in an area that retains the charm, safety, easy access and friendliness of smaller communities. Sail the Chesapeake Bay, hike, fish and ski the Poconos, or wind-surf one of Delaware’s many clean, sandy beaches in your spare time.

Eligibility for all residencies:

  • Nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing school
  • RNs with less than 12 months nursing experience (except for Perioperative Residency, which you may be a RN with more than 12 months experience.)
  • Prior to starting Nurse Residency position, participants must pass state boards and be licensed as an RN in Delaware (Offers to join residencies are contingent upon passing state boards and securing a Delaware RN license)
  • Commitment to work at Christiana Care in assigned specialty for 3744 productive hours after completing the residency

How to apply

In addition to the online application participant must submit:

  • We encourage you to apply for more than one residency
  • Cover letter (Speaking to why you are interested in the particular residency (s) to which you are applying and why Christiana Care is of interest to you)
  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial)
  • Two clinical recommendations will be required, but not at the time of the application. If it is determined that you have met the minimum qualifications, a separate email will be sent to you from an outside vendor to provide us with your clinical instructors information.

Acute Care Nurse Residency Tracks

Float Pool

This program seeks confident, energetic, and curious candidates interested in an opportunity to work with numerous patient populations through multiple units. This unique work structure is designed to challenge and broaden clinical knowledge, skill, confidence, and peer relationships across the healthcare system. Orientation includes educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences through numerous patient care units.

  • Program runs three times per year: July, November, and March
  • 24 week program
  • 18 weeks of preceptor led clinical training through multiple units
  • 6 weeks of independent practice supplemented with professional development courses
  • The program alternates rotations selected from the following units: ACE Unit (6A), Medical (6B), Stroke (6C), Joint Replacement (7E), Medical and Medical Stepdown (5A), Medical (5B, 5C, 5D) & (4N), (5N), Heart Failure (5E), Uro/Gyn Surgery (4C), Surgical Stepdown (4D), Cardiac Stepdown (4E), TMU (3D), Transitional Surgical Unit (2B), Surgical (2C & 4W), Medical Stepdown (6S)

Medical/Surgical

The Medical/Surgical program is a unique 24 week program that integrates educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences on the medical or surgical units at both Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals. Nurses having completed the residency will have built a strong foundation for nursing practice in a fast-paced, challenging environment.

  • Program runs three times a year: July, November, and March
  • 24 week program
  • 18 weeks of preceptor led clinical training through multiple units
  • 6 weeks of independent practice supplemented with professional development courses
  • Medical Unit Rotations are selected from the following: Medical and Medical Stepdown (5A), Medical (5B, 5C, 5D), ACE Unit (6A), Medical (6B), Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Stroke (6C), Hemo/Oncology (6E), Medical Observation Unit, Medical (4N & 5N), Wilmington ACE (8S)
  • Surgical Unit Rotations are selected from the following: Uro/Gyn Surgery (4C), Surgical (2C & 4W), Joint Replacement (7E), Surgical Stepdown (4D), Joint Replacement Center

Transitional Care

This unique program integrates education components with preceptor-led clinical experiences to ease transition to nursing care for patients in a transitional state between critical care and acute care.

  • Program runs three times a year: July, November, and March
  • 24 week program
  • 18 weeks of preceptor led clinical training through multiple units
  • 6 weeks of independent practice supplemented with professional development courses
  • Unit rotations are selected from the following locations: Transitional and Intermediate Care Units at Wilmington (6S), Transitional Medical Unit (3D-TMU), Transitional Neuro Unit (2B-TNU), Transitional Surgical Unit (2B – TSU), Open Heart Step-Down (2E), Cardiac Vascular Intermediate Care (4E), Cardiac/Heart Failure Intermediate Care (5E)

Postpartum

The Postpartum program is for new RNs who desire to work within Maternal/Child nursing. Postpartum nurses have the unique ability to influence and educate families in a positive manner. They enable the family to start forming as a cohesive unit in order to confidently care for their baby. Upon completion of this program, resident nurses will have the knowledge and ability to skillfully assess new babies and mothers as well as provide extensive care and education to the family.

This is a 24 week program which runs annually in July:

  • 18 weeks of preceptor led clinical training on the postpartum floors, complemented with educational workshops specific to Postpartum nursing
  • 6 weeks of independent practice supplemented with professional development courses

Critical Care Nurse Residencies

Critical Care Nurse Residency

This exceptional nationally accredited program integrates educational components and preceptor-led clinical experiences to ease the transition of the newly graduated nurse to critical care nursing. We are seeking highly motivated and organized individuals who seek a challenging and rewarding opportunity to become skilled care providers for some of the most complex patient populations.

  • Program runs three times per year: July, November, and March
  • Graduate Nurses: 26-week program (One step-down and two ICU rotations)
  • Program offers the following rotations for you to select from: CVCCC, MICU, NCCC, PACU, SCCC, WICU

Emergency Department Nurse Residency

This program has been devised by nurses and physicians in the Emergency Department at both Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals to allow for a smooth transition for qualified candidates into ED nursing.

  • This 26-week program runs a minimum of twice a year in July and March; program may elect to run in November as well
  • Emergency-specific classes taught by the nursing and physician staff
  • One-on-one RN and physician preceptors
  • Short rotations through departments highly correlated with the ED, including Cardiac Cath, Labor & Delivery, and Respiratory

Labor and Delivery Nurse Residency

This program is designed for new RNs looking to pursue an opportunity in Obstetrical (OB) nursing. The program integrates educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences in Labor & Delivery, OB perioperative, OB High Risk, OB Triage and Antenatal units. Upon completion of this program, participants will have established a strong foundation for nursing practice in a fast-paced, challenging environment.

  • 26 week program runs annually in July
  • One-on-one preceptors for the residency program
  • Direct patient care enhanced with classroom teaching

Neonatal Nurse Residency

Christiana Care, an integrated healthcare system, seeks nurses to join this specialty program at our Christiana Hospital location. Our program incorporates preceptor led learning experiences in addition to specialty classes designed by a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, NNP’s, respiratory therapist, and other members of the infant therapy team to allow a smooth transition from GN to the RN role in the NICU

  • This 26 week program runs twice a year: July and March
  • Learning experiences are provided in the NICU as well as collaborative areas within the women’s and children’s service line

Perioperative Nurse Residency

The Perioperative (Operating Room) Nurse Residency Program is a program for both new graduate and experienced registered nurses. The perioperative (Operating Room) nurse is an integral part of a patient-focused multi-disciplinary team dedicated to providing quality care to surgical patients. Students will learn the foundations and principles of surgery and perioperative nursing during the intraoperative phase of the patients’ surgical experience.

  • This 26 week program runs twice a year: April and August
  • Current Registered Nurses from other disciplines or specialty areas
  • Participants must pass state boards and be licensed as an RN in Delaware or be eligible for Delaware RN licensure
  • The program begins with a 12 week didactic instruction, simulation, and clinical experience
  • Experienced perioperative preceptors are assigned to students for the clinical experience
  • Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be hired as a staff nurse within the Operating Room Service at Christiana Care Health System, which includes either the Wilmington or Christiana Hospitals