Nurse Residency Program: Progressive Care Track

Job Requisition #: JR68701

End Date: 3/24/2024

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Nurse Residency, Nursing

Shift: Day Shift, Rotation Day/Evening/Morning

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Senior Nursing Students, Nurse Graduates and new RN's, it is time to apply for our Nurse Residency Program: Progressive Care Track! This is a rolling application available for all start dates.

The ChristianaCare Nurse 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.

Research demonstrates that new to practice nurses completing a structured and accredited residency program leads to:

  • Increase in competency
  • Reduction of error
  • Reduced self-reported stress
  • Increase in job satisfaction

Therefore, we are committed to supporting all registered nurses with under one year of experience through a nurse residency specialty track.

This exciting curriculum integrates:

  • Lecture and simulation education
  • Peer support
  • Up to 16 weeks (as determined by your individual transition to practice needs) of preceptor-led clinical experiences structured to foster critical thinking, evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, effective communication, quality and safety, and professional development.   

The progressive care nurse resident will complete preceptor-led training on our intermediate or transitional level step-down units at our Newark or Wilmington campuses. The nurse resident completes preceptor-led training followed by continued residency meetings during months 6, 8, 10, and 12 to further develop as professional nurses and integral member of our caregiver team.

Upon completion of this program, participants will have built a strong foundation for nursing practice in a fast-paced, challenging environment, bridging care for medically complex patients outside of the Intensive Care Unit.

Nurse residents are required to pass State Boards and be licensed as a RN in the State of Delaware (or compact state) prior to starting position. Upon hire, a commitment agreement to work at the ChristianaCare will be signed. The agreement requires completion of a two years with the requirement to remain on the unit of hire for a minimum of 15 months. Individuals unable to fill this commitment will be charged $10,000.

What we have to offer to you: 

  • We are a 3x recognized Magnet Status Hospital!

    • Growth Opportunities defined by our Clinical Ladder.

    • We offer a robust benefits package. Our healthcare benefits include medical, dental & eyecare, starting day one!  Enjoy generous paid time off, paid parental leave, competitive pay with shift differentials, tuition reimbursement.  Additional benefits include, dependent care assistance, pet insurance, financial coaching, fitness & wellness reimbursements and discounts on multiple services and events.

    • Advance Your Nursing Skills by providing a higher level of care.

    Units available at this time (subject to change dependent upon the needs of the hospital):

    2B: Transitional Neuro Unit

    3C: Intermediate Medical Unit

    3D: Transitional Medical Unit

    4E: Cardiovascular Stepdown


    • Graduating from accredited nursing school (BSN Preferred)
    • BLS required
    • Less than 12 months of nursing experience by the start of the program
    • Eligible for Delaware license as a Graduate Nurse/Registered Nurse or RN license from a compact state

    How to apply:

    • In the section "My Experience," on the application, be sure to upload your cover letter and transcripts in the section "Resume/CV/Other Documents." PDF format works best.
    • Submit a cover letter for the Progressive Care Nurse Residency expressing your interest in this specific program/specialty

    • Please address your cover letter to Carolyn Gutzmirtl
    • Resume

    • Transcript (unofficial)

    • Two clinical recommendations will be required, but not at the time of the application. If it is determined the minimum qualifications are met, a separate email will be sent from an outside vendor for you to provide us with your clinical instructors' information.

    We are conducting in- person interviews every Wednesday and Thursday so be sure to complete the required steps to be seen by a hiring manager!

    To be interviewed you must have completed:

    One video on-demand interview through HireVue and have both clinical instructor references completed.

    What to Expect After Application:

    Communication from Talent Acquisition Team about specific next steps, including: video interview and clinical references Applications to be sent for review by residency coordinators

    Offers to be made once all scheduled interviews are completed.

    Spring Start Dates for Medical or Surgical Nurse Residency:

    February 5th

    February 19th

    March 4th

    March 18th

    April 1st

    April 15th

    April 29th

    If you have any issues with your application or any inquiries, please contact Cathleen Mengel, the Nurse Residency recruiter at

    It is important to note that the DE license process may take 6-8 weeks to complete and the failure to do so will directly impact employees' ability to start a position if an offer is made. We strongly encourage applicants to visit the DE Board of Nursing website and begin the fingerprinting and background check process immediately after you submit your application.

    EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

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    For the Love of Health.

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    At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

    Why do we embrace inclusion and diversity? For the Love of Health.

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    We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.


    ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

    At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

    Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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