Professional Nurse Residency Program

The residency program is a yearlong program designed to ease the transition to practice for new graduate nurses in their first professional role. Emphasis is given to nursing leadership behaviors, nurse-driven outcomes and professional development. The curriculum is designed to enhance the graduates’ critical thinking skills and their ability to use outcome data to promote patient safety.

Through the residency program, new graduates can transition to their profession and gain valuable full-time experiences in most clinical specialties. These evening and night-shift positions offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive pay and shift differential. Main Line Health offers all new graduates a precepted orientation which is based on the clinical specialty and the individual learning needs of the new graduate. On-going supervised training and educational opportunities are provided to the staff during this transition and after orientation. 

Why choose Main Line Health for your nurse residency?

Main Line Hospitals offer our communities the latest technology in a compassionate environment, and give the people who provide that care the best opportunities to learn, grow and prosper. It takes a team to care. Opportunities exist at each of our hospitals that are perfect for the Graduate Nurse looking for growth and development in selected clinical areas.

Consider the benefits of working for a Main Line Health hospital:

  • Choice of suburban locations: Bryn Mawr, Lima, Media, Paoli and Wynnewood
  • Competitive salary
  • Paid participation in the formally structured residency program with peer support
  • Competency-based preceptorship with support from senior staff and clinical educators
  • Teaching facility with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Free parking
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Comprehensive benefits package with matching 403(b) savings plan
  • Opportunity for career advancement throughout the organization
  • Generous paid time off
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Division-specific courses provided
  • Positions available in most clinical areas

Frequently asked questions

What is the nurse residency program?

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 one to two months for four to eight hours. More information on the nurse residency program can be found at

What are the requirements to be eligible to apply?

All applicants must be a graduate of a diploma, ASN, or BSN program within the last year or an upcoming graduate of a diploma, ASN, or BSN program within the next six months with a preferred 3.0 cumulative GPA. All nurse residents must start with a valid/active nursing license for the state of Pennsylvania. Nurse residents are required to pass their boards prior to starting, but can receive offers contingent upon passing boards. A minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA is preferred.

What if I already graduated from a BSN program? Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. If you have already graduated from a BSN program in the past year, you are still eligible to apply if you have less than six 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.

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 at one of the Main Line Health entities.

Does every applicant receive an interview?

Due to the high volume of applicants that Main Line Health receives each year, we are unable to interview every applicant.

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.

What Main Line Health hospitals participate in the program?

All five of the Main Line Health’ acute care hospitals participate in the nurse residency program. This includes Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

What clinical areas are available?

Nurse residents are generally hired into most clinical areas; however, the need does vary by entity and the department.

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.

How many nurse residents do you hire each year?

The number of positions and hires vary each year.

Does every new or recent graduate go through the nurse residency program?

Yes. All new or recent graduates that are hired at Main Line Health participate in 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.

What are the hours/shifts available?

Nurse residents are hired into a full time “rotational shift” based on orientation, preceptorship and department needs. Most shifts are 12 hours. The weekend commitment varies but will not exceed every other weekend.

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 once or twice each month, but the start date does depend on the need of the hiring unit.

What is the orientation like?

Each nurse resident will complete one week of orientation in the classroom. 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 medical/surgical or telemetry floor. Nurse residents in labor and delivery may spend time orienting on a medical/surgical 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.

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.

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.

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 15 months 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.

Application process

Main Line Health's state recognized Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program is a year-long program structured to support graduate nurse's transition to competency and professionalism. The curriculum emphasizes nursing leadership behaviors, nurse driven outcomes and professional development. Our goal is to enhance our nurse graduates' critical thinking skills, as well as their ability to use outcome data to promote patient safety.

As a nurse resident, you will be hired into a full time position, with the ability to gain valuable, hands on experience, while working with a cultivated team of nursing professionals. Main Line Health offers all nurse residents a 1:1 precepted orientation which is based on the clinical specialty and the individual learning needs of the new graduate. On-going supervised training and educational opportunities are provided to all nurse residents hired by Main Line Health.

All applicants must be a graduate of a diploma, ASN or BSN program within the last year or an upcoming graduate of a diploma, ASN or BSN program within the next six months.

Apply to the Nurse Residency Program

Uploading documents to your application

In order to be considered for a Nurse Resident position, the below documents are required and must be attached to your application. Applications submitted without the required documents will not be considered.

Required application documents

Document format: save each document separately titled as Your Last Name-Your First Name-Document Title (example: Smith-John-Resume). Upload the files as Word documents or PDF and ensure they are viewable.

  • Current resume with (anticipated) graduation date
  • Valid CPR card
  • Unofficial transcript which MUST include your cumulative GPA
    • Official transcript will be required if you are offered a position
  • Clinical narrative (learn more about the clinical narrative)

Additional application documents

  • On-demand video submission — All candidates who have submitted their applications and required documents will receive a request from our talent acquisition team to complete an on-demand video.
    • What is an "on-demand video" and how can I prep for it? Learn more.

Details to note

  • While we try to have each candidate interview for their area of interest, nothing is guaranteed and is based on the applicant pool and position availability.
  • Due to the high volume of applications, please refrain from contacting Human Resources to inquire about the status of your application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for interview opportunities.