New to Nursing

New to Nursing Careers at The University of Vermont Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network is invested in supporting the growth of new Nurses entering the workforce.

Newly graduated Registered Nurses face many challenges as they transition from school to the bedside including role transition, high performance expectations in a high acuity setting, and an increased level of accountability. Our Nurse Residency programs provide additional tools to make the transition to clinical practice easier for our new RNs and prepare them for a successful start to their careers. We offer residency programs at several of our affiliates. Explore the current offerings at each of our participating affiliates:

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The University of Vermont Medical Center Program Offerings:

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program

This program launched in February of 2018 and is a curriculum trusted by more than 350 healthcare organizations across the United States. This is a one year transition-to-practice program designed to support nurses in their first year and help them flourish in their new career. Nurses will learn real-life skills such as stress management, decision-making, critical thinking, and patient safety.

Our program includes four to five cohorts a year that foster interprofessional connections amongst specialty internships. Applicants who apply to and are hired for a graduate nurse position are automatically enrolled in the nurse residency program. Nurses will learn with peers in their cohort and be led through monthly learning sessions by experts throughout the organization.

The Core Curriculum:

  • Quality Outcomes
  • Leadership
  • Professional Role
  • An Individual or Small Group Evidence-Based Practice Project

The Unit Orientation

The unit orientation begins with a hospital orientation, a systems-level nursing orientation, and unit-level clinical experience and didactics. Working with trained preceptors, you'll learn the routine of the unit, master organizational skills and become confident with the computer applications related to nursing documentation.

The UVM Medical Center hires graduate nurses into the following areas (please note that openings may not be available in all areas for each cycle):

  • Ambulatory
  • Birthing Center
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Emergency Department
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Inpatient Rehab
  • Medical ICU
  • Mother-Baby Unit
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Neurosciences and Surgery
  • Operating Room (OR)
  • Orthopedics and Urology
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgical ICU
  • Women's Health

The Application Process

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

How to apply:

  • You will be required to submit a resume and personal statement/cover letter (see below), and you will have the option to select your location and unit preferences at time of application.
  • Upon receiving your completed application, you will be sent a link via SkillSurvey to enter the names and contact information of five references (two Clinical Instructors, one Manager, and two coworkers).
  • Interviews will be scheduled based on your unit preferences.
  • The interview timeline varies due to position availability, and we will do our best to keep you informed throughout the process.

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Personal Statement

At The University of Vermont Medical Center, we recognize that life changing events happen in our organization every day. We take pride in providing leading-edge care through technological excellence and we understand that outstanding patient care means treating our patients and their loved ones with respect and compassion. We believe that when we put the patient first, everything else follows. Please provide an example that demonstrates your commitment to these values.

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Program Offerings:

The CVPH New Nurse Residency Program

The program began in December 2013, becoming the 59th accredited program in the United States and the second in New York State. It has continued successfully every year since then.

The program begins on day of hire and includes:
  • Onboarding and orientation process
  • Clinical and unit orientation
  • Education seminars totaling 40 hours over the course of one year
  • Continued professional development

Time will be spent on real practice challenge discussions, case studies, simulations, peer support discussions, learning from content experts, and classroom time.

Key Objectives of the program include:

  • Provide a smooth transition from school to practice
  • Develop clinical competence & confidence
  • Promote professional involvement and growth
  • Promote a healthy work environment
Acredited Practice Transition Program American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Logo

The CVPH New Nurse Residency Program is proud to be accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Practice Transition Program (PTAP) since 2018.

PTAP accreditation is considered the gold standard for nurse residency programs around the world. By meeting the standards set by the ANCC, we know our new nurses are going to feel supported and confident and have the experiences necessary to provide excellent care to our patients

Central Vermont Medical Center Program Offerings:

Central Vermont Medical Center offers a Nurse Residency Program each spring.

This program allows new RN graduates to work directly with experienced nurses and transition into professional hospital nursing positions. You will work one-on-one with a preceptor to become proficient in the basic skills required to be an RN.

Residents of this program will receive full-time wages and benefits. Permanent position placements will be dependent upon current staffing needs.

Porter Medical Center Program Offerings:

Nurse Residency Program

Porter is proud to offer a 9 month Nurse Residency Program for new graduate RN’s. The first cohort will be starting July 11th and will finish up in March of 2023.

Our program follows the requirements of the American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program. The program will meet weekly for the first 4 weeks and then will transition to once a month for the remaining 8 months. Residency days will consist of activities to enhance critical thinking, time management, personal wellbeing, communication and ethical decision making. Time will also be spent practicing key nursing skills and listening to guest speakers on topics such as (but not limited to) Sepsis, ABG interpretation, Cardiac Rhythm recognition, Hemorrhage and Wound care.

Benefits of participation in a Residency program also include development of peer-to-peer relationships and mentorship relationships within the organization. Mentorship will continue past the residency program if desired by the mentee.


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Elizabethtown Community Hospital Program Offerings:

Opportunities to begin your Nursing career.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) is a not-for-profit critical access hospital which includes two campuses and six community-based primary care health centers.

In Essex County, Elizabethtown Community Hospital serves as the central source for the delivery of health care services to county residents and visitors to the Adirondack Park.

ECH has a small community feel and is family oriented. Staff is friendly and everyone knows one another. You can start your career at ECH, gain much experience, and grow within the network.

New Grad Nursing positions are offered within:

  • Two, 24-hour emergency departments
  • 25-bed inpatient unit (Elizabethtown)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation (Elizabethtown)
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Chemotherapy (Elizabethtown)
  • Infusion
  • Cardiology, gynecology, gastroenterology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics and pulmonary specialty care

Home Health & Hospice Program Offerings:

Beginning your nursing career in home health & hospice.

At The UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, caring is not only what we do, it is who we are. For more than 110 years, our staff have been serving people of all ages in their homes and the community with the goal of helping individuals and families live well at home. Today, we offer a full range of services and programs, providing care that spans a lifetime.

New Graduate Nurses are offered a robust training and orientation period where you are partnered with a preceptor to learn all aspects of the nursing role.

Home Health & Hospice offers opportunities for new nurses within the following areas:

  • Adult Home Health
  • Pediatric & Adult High Tech
  • Family & Children's Services
  • Hospice (Community & Respite House)
  • Adult Day Programs
  • Intake & Referral

As a nurse with The UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, you will:

  • Work at the top of your license
  • Have flexibility in your daily and weekly schedules — no evenings or nights required
  • Work in a supportive team environment
  • Receive ongoing clinical education/training opportunities
  • Be a key part of our interdisciplinary team
  • Work just one weekend rotation per month
  • Enjoy working in and supporting your community


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Alice Hyde Medical Center Program Offerings:

Begin your nursing career in our Malone, NY based medical center.

For more than 100 years, Alice Hyde Medical Center has provided compassionate, community-focused health care for more than 55,000 residents in the North Country region of New York. Our mission is to always be here, not just as caregivers and staff, but as friends and neighbors, offering expertise and compassionate care in an environment that supports your health and healing.

Alice Hyde Medical Center offers new grad nursing positions within:

  • The Alice Center, a 135-bed long-term care and skilled nursing facility and 30-bed assisted living facility.
  • The Inpatient Medical/Surgical unit, a 25-bed unit which provides patient focused care to infants, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics.
  • The Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, which provides advanced cancer treatment and state-of-the-art technology, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
  • The Hastings Hemodialysis unit, the cardiac rehabilitation unit, and the orthopedic and rehabilitation center.
  • Four family health centers, including Bessette Health Center, Dwyer Health Center, The Martin J. Leroux Health Center, and Tower Health Center.
  • The Alice Hyde Walk-In Clinic for urgent care services.

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