Nurse Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in our Nurse Residency Program, a program focused on the New Graduate Nurse. Our Residency Program for Fall 2017 begins in August. Please review the specific dates pertinent to our Program below.


Fall 2017 Program Schedule:

  • Nurse Resident positions will be posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Positions may close externally based on applicant volume. However, positions will remain open to internal applicants for the 5 day union posting period. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • To be considered, you must submit an employment application at and complete the Behavioral Interview Survey. We recommend you submit your resume and cover letter along with your complete online application.
  • Please include your NCLEX date if you do not have your CA RN licensure.
  • Current employees must submit a transfer application.
  • Pathmakers must complete an external job application.
  • Interviews will be held June 28, 2017 – June 30, 2017. If you are interested in the position, you must be available on those interview dates. If selected to interview, you will be contacted in advance. Please do not call to check the status of your application. (View "Required Documentation for Interview" section below.)
  • Program start date is Monday, August 21, 2017.
  • Must have CA RN license by start date.


Positions will be available at our hospital facilities in the following departments:
Please feel free to apply for any and all the positions that interest you.


Palomar Medical Center Escondido

  • Cardiovascular Acute Care
  • Emergency
  • IMC Medical Step-Down
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Labor  & Delivery
  • Med Surg with Tele
  • Medical Acute Care
  • Neuro Acute Care
  • Ortho Acute Care
  • Surgical & Trauma ICU
  • Surgical Acute Care
  • Trauma Surgical Step-Down

Palomar Medical Center Poway

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency
  • Intermediate Care
  • Medical Surgical

Program Description:

The Residency Program provides a new nurse graduate, a 12 month, mentored experience to facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse. The program consists of two distinct phases:

Phase 1: During the first 12-16 weeks, Nurse Residents will practice at the bedside under the supervision of an experienced preceptor. Included in this phase are 120-160 hours(depending on specialty) of didactic learning designed to assess and reinforce clinical skills, and professional transition discussions to assist the novice in continuing their professional development and gain specific competencies for their specialty. Critical Competencies include:

  • Clinical Knowledge
  • Technical Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Management of Responsibilities

Phase 2:  For the remainder of the Residency program, Nurse Residents will receive a full clinical assignment, but will be provided an experienced “buddy” to serve as resource and mentor. Continued professional development support will be provided by preceptors/mentors, and nursing education staff.

Program Goals:

The Nurse Residency Program is designed to assist the new nurse graduate to:

  • Demonstrate clinical competence at an advanced beginning level
  • Demonstrate effective decision-making skills and clinical judgment at the point of care
  • Incorporate research-based evidence into practice
  • Exhibit commitment to nursing through professional behavior
  • Develop an individual plan for ongoing professional development
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of teamwork, leadership, and evidence based practice, research, informatics, and critical thinking
  • Have a positive and supportive learning experience along with an easier transition into Palomar Health teams


Required Documentation for Interview (if selected):

Upon interview confirmation, please bring with you the following:

  • Resume
  • CA RN license (if issued), or a copy of the letter providing your NCLEX test date
  • Two letters of recommendation (From school or employer- must be on letterhead with signature)


Required Documentation if Hired:

If you are selected for the program, you will need to provide the following to the Corporate Health appointment:

  • Prescription medication(s)
  • Immunization records /Titers (if available)


Please Note:

Due to an overwhelming interest in this program, we do our best to provide updated information on this website. We request you not to contact us over the phone to inquire about your application status. We will contact you via email or phone to set up interviews and/or regarding hiring decisions before the start of the program.

Information regarding future Nurse Residency Programs will be available at a later date.