Kick Start Your Nursing Career

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ (NRP), developed by Vizient® and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, supports new graduate nurses and nurses with limited experience as they successfully transition from novice or advanced beginners to competent professionals.

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About the Program

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program is an evidence-based program focused on leadership, patient outcomes and the professional role.

Skills Gained

The program prepares nursing graduates to:

  • Care for patients with increasing levels of acuity and complexity in the acute care setting
  • Develop clinical nursing leadership at point of care
  • Improve patient safety and quality of care
  • Foster decision-making and critical thinking skills
  • Bring evidence-based practice to the bedside
  • Strengthen the commitment to the profession of nursing and develop individual career goals
  • Facilitate clinical and leadership skills necessary to be a successful member of the healthcare team

Admission to the Program

There is no separate application to the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™. Eligible candidates will be enrolled in a cohort based on start date at Robbinsdale Hospital.


  • Provides an evidence-based curriculum to support nurses in their first year of practice
  • Guided by nursing leaders, educators, clinical nurse specialists, and various content experts throughout the organization
  • Content includes classroom with content expert lectures, case studies, group activities, nursing simulations, evidence-based project, and clinical reflection

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Hold an associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing science from an accredited institution
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota
  • Willingness to sign a one-year commitment post-graduation from Nurse Residency to Robbinsdale Hospital
  • Participate in all Nurse Residency learning experiences and program components
    • Attend 12 seminars in a one-year program
    • Complete an evidence-based practice or quality improvement project
    • Complete program surveys and evaluations

Testimonials from Program Graduates

“For me, the Nurse Residency Program really gave me an idea of the different departments and roles people have in the hospital, both nursing and non-nursing. I started seeing the different career paths or different specialties, and it gives you an opportunity to get exposed to those different areas and meet other new nurses. It’s a very positive experience.”

–Nurse Residency Program Graduate


“I think the biggest thing from this program I’ll take with me in my career moving forward is that you’re not alone. There’s always somebody here for you, and that no matter what problem or difficult situation you may encounter, there’s somebody here that you can go to find the help that you need, whether it be your manager, the resiliency coach or the employee assistance program.”

–Nurse Residency Program Graduate


“I thought all the guest speakers that came in were super helpful because they talked about things that we don’t come across every day – and they gave us little tidbits that might make our everyday easier and resources to use that maybe we didn’t know about or didn’t have time to see on orientation.”

–Nurse Residency Program Graduate

Contact Information

Grenellie Walock, MSN-Ed, RN, CCRN-K
Director, Professional Practice, Development and Education

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