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Develop your future with a collaborative team

Step into a nurse residency program awarded Accreditation with Distinction by the ANCC that gives you the confidence and skills to build a successful nursing career. At UNMH, you’ll have the resources, mentorship and ongoing education to do what you love in an environment that encourages personal and professional growth.

As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state, we offer our nurses a range of opportunities you simply can’t find anywhere else. You’ll benefit from the ability to work with a wide array of disciplines and have an opportunity for unique experiences in a supportive academic medical center environment. Alongside a community of experienced nurses and fellow nurse residents, you’ll care for a diverse patient population and be part of a team that’s continually working to improve patient health and nursing practice.

Accredited Practice Transition Program with Distinction

What is the nurse residency program?

We’ll help you make the transition from student nurse to new graduate nurse. Our program follows a curriculum created in partnership with the AACN and Vizient–considered the gold standard curriculum for all residency programs nationally. Tailored to be an adjunct to your clinical orientation, the program is designed to allow nurse residents to have a voice in seminar content. Three cohorts are hired during the year: January, June and September.

Highlights include:

  • Clinical area orientation
  • Monthly seminars that are a hybrid of lecture and skills
  • Experience within a multidisciplinary health care system
  • Mentorship and support from specifically trained new graduate nurse mentors
  • Awarded Accreditation with Distinction by the ANCC

What can I expect during the program?

Through seminar, you will have an opportunity to learn about a variety of inpatient and outpatient areas of UNMH including Emergency/Trauma, ICUs, Labor and Delivery, Women’s Special Care, Medical/Surgical Units, Pediatrics, Neonates, Behavioral Health, Outpatient Clinics and more. In the yearlong program, you’ll experience:

  • New Hire Orientation with a specific nurse residency onboarding week
  • A full orientation in your clinical area with a designated preceptor
  • Seminars with a variety of clinical content, skills labs and professional development
  • Specific education classes related to your specialty per UNMH Clinical Education Department
  • Introduction to nursing professional practice and nursing evidence-based practice
  • Introduction to Shared Governance and hospital-wide committee engagement


  • All new graduate nurses
    • 6 months or less of nursing experience
  • Must have NM nursing license or Graduate Nurse Permit through New Mexico Board of Nursing
  • Ability to work full time, 36-40 hours/week
  • Complete NCLEX within 60 days of hire

Application Tips

  • Double-check that you applied; look in your history
  • After submitting, check email, including junk, frequently for follow-up instructions
  • Update your application:
    • Graduation date
    • License (if you have one)
    • Cover letter: If applying for a track position, be sure to indicate area of interest

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