The Nurse Residency program is designed to assist new or recent graduate
nurses in the transition from student nurse to professional nurse. Nurse
Residents are hired to a specific unit at one of the Main Line Health
entities and will complete orientation with preceptors on that unit. The
new hire is also enrolled in the nurse residency program which is a year
long program focusing on professional development and evidence based
research. The nurse residency program continues once orientation on the
hired unit is complete and the program meets every other month for eight
hours. More information on the nurse residency program can be found at aacn.nche.edu/education/nurseresidency.htm.
2) What are the requirements to be eligible to apply?
Graduation from an accredited BSN (Bachelors of Science in
Nursing) program or currently enrolled in a BSN program and
graduating within the next few months after applying
Valid and active Nursing License for the State of Pennsylvania
(all Nurse Residents are required to pass their boards prior to
Minimum 2.8 GPA
3) What if I already graduated from a BSN program? Am I still eligible
Yes. If you have already graduated from a BSN program, you are still
eligible to apply if you have less than 6 months of acute care RN
experience. If you have been working in a nursing home or long term care
facility, you are also eligible to apply.
4) What happens after I apply?
After your application is received and you meet all the minimum
qualifications, your application is thoroughly reviewed. If you are
selected for an interview, you will be contacted by a representative
from Human Resources and scheduled for a first round panel interview. If
you are selected as a candidate by the panel interview, you will then
interview will a nurse manager at one of the Main Line Health entities.
5) Does every applicant receive an interview?
No. Due to the high volume of applicants that Main Line Health receives
each year, we are unfortunately unable to interview every applicant.
6) Will I be contacted even if I don’t receive an interview?
If you are not selected for an interview, you will be contacted via
email with communication as to your application status.
7) What Main Line Health hospitals participate in the program?
All five of the Main Line Health entities participate in the nurse
residency program. This includes Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr
Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.
8) What clinical areas are available?
Nurse Residents are generally hired into most clinical areas, however,
the need does vary by entity and the department.
9) How do you select the clinical area where an applicant interviews?
Each year, we look at the openings that we have in each department and
then also take into consideration the experience and interest of each
candidate. We cannot guarantee a placement in a certain clinical area
based on interest, but we do try to find the right fit for the candidate
and the department.
10) How many nurse residents do you hire each year?
The number of positions and hires varies each year.
11) Does every new or recent graduate go through the nurse residency
Yes. All new or recent graduates that are hired at Main Line Health
participate and complete the nurse residency program. The staff nurse
positions that are available on our website are for nurses with at least
one year of acute care RN experience.
12) What are the hours/shifts available?
For the most part, there are evening shift (3:00–11:30 pm) and night
shift (11:00 pm–7:30 am) positions available for Nurse Residents.
Occasionally, there are 12 hours shifts available, however, most Nurse
Residents orient on eight hour shifts for the first few months. The
weekend commitment varies according to the needs of the unit.
13) When can I start working?
If offered a position, Nurse Residents must pass their boards prior to
starting. Offers can be made prior to the new hire passing their boards,
though. Nursing orientation is held the beginning of each month, but the
start date does depend on the need of the hiring unit.
14) What is the orientation like?
Each Nurse Resident will complete four days of classroom and computer
training, four days of didactic training, and a day and a half of Main
Line Health orientation. Nurse Residents will then begin orientation on
the unit. Each Nurse Resident will complete an orientation of at least
six weeks with a preceptor. Nurse Residents in Emergency Department and
Critical Care areas may spend time
orienting on a Telemetry floor. Nurse Residents in Labor and Delivery
may spend time orienting on a Med/Surg floor. The orientation is
customized to each individual’s needs. Nurse Residents have regular
meetings with their manager, educator, and preceptor to determine an
appropriate orientation program.
15) Are there part-time or weekend positions available?
Main Line Health offers part-time positions and a weekend program,
however, Nurse Residents are required to work full-time. In order to be
eligible for the weekend program, nurses must have at least one year
experience in that particular area.
16) What happens after I complete the nurse residency program? Do I have
to apply for a position?
During your first year at Main Line Health, you are considered a staff
nurse and are working in a full time position. After that year is
complete, you will remain on your hired unit.
17) How long do I have to stay on my hired unit?
Main Line Health offers numerous opportunities for our staff nurses to
develop and grow their skills. Once you have at least one year of
experience on your unit, you are eligible to apply for another position
at Main Line Health. However, please keep in mind that certain specialty
areas have certain requirements for applying and may require more
experience and additional certifications.
18) Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.