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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:

  • Associates’ or Bachelors’ degree in nursing
  • 2.8 cumulative GPA at time of application
  • Nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing school
  • RNs with less than 12 months nursing experience
  • 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 24 months after completing the residency

How to apply

In addition to the online application participant must submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two clinical recommendations
  • Transcript (unofficial)

More information regarding the required supplemental materials will be provided at the time of application.

Critical Care Nurse Residency

This unique program integrates educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences to ease the transition to critical care nursing.

  • Biannual program: March and July
  • Graduate Nurses: 24-week program (one step-down and two ICU rotations)
  • Program offers the following rotations for you to select from: CVCCC, NCCC, SCCC, MICU, WICU, PACU

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 from floor nursing to ED nursing.

  • 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 Surgical Critical Care Complex.

Medical Nurse Residency

The Medical Nurse Residency Program is a unique 16-week program that integrats educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences on the medical units. The medical units serve an adolescent/adult/geriatric population with a wide variety of complex medical diagnoses. Upon completion of the residency the participants will have built a strong foundation for nursing practice in a fast-paced, challenging environment. Full-time orientation is required, with commitment to work at Christiana Care for 24 months on a medical unit after completing the residency.

  • Biannual program: March and July
  • 16-week residency with rotations on four medical units at Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals

Neonatal Nurse Residency

Christiana Care, an integrated healthcare system, seeks nurses to join this specialty program at our Christiana Hospital location. This program has been devised by the nurses and physicians in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This program allows for a smooth transition from GN to the RN role in the NICU nursing career path, for those candidates qualified.

Progressive Care Nurse Residency

This unique program integrates educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences to ease the transition to progressive care nursing.

  • Biannual program: March and July
  • Graduate Nurses: 16-week program (two progressive care rotations)
  • Program offers the following rotations for you to select from: TCU, TMU, 6C, 2E, 4E 5E, 6S

Surgical Unit Nurse Residency

This unique program integrates educational components with preceptor-led clinical experiences to ease the transition to surgical nursing.

  • Biannual program: March and July
  • Graduate Nurses: 16-week program (two progressive care rotations)
  • Program offers the following rotations for you to select from: 2C, 4C, 4D, 7E, 4W