RI Nurse Residency
Join Rhode Island’s premiere statewide Nurse Residency program!
As a part of Passport to Practice, you will be a part of an innovative program that is setting nationwide precedent for developing the next generation of Nurse Leaders.
All at no cost to you!
Passport to Practice requires your commitment to advancing your skills, becoming a Nursing expert, and developing your leadership potential. In return, we are committed to pushing you to become the best Nurse you can be.
We are a highly successful program. As of the halfway point in the current Cohort, 2/3 of our Nurse Residents have been hired as RNs!!
To apply for the RI Nurse Residency 2014-15 cohort, download the materials checklist and application here.
Acceptance into the Passport to Practice program is a competitive process. Number of Residents accepted into the second cohort is subject to funding.
Frequently asked questions:
Is this a Nurse Refresher program?
No, this is a program designed primarily for newly-licensed RNs who have not had the opportunity yet to work as an RN. If you feel that your core clinical skills are out-of-practice and in need of modernization in order to participate in or re-enter the medical workforce, please utilize this resource to find a Nurse Refresher course that fits your needs. Many schools offer online Nurse Refresher courses that also require in-person clinical placements. (top)
Yes, you do still need to apply. Potential residents that contacted us about the program and provided their email addresses will be sent a link to this page that alerts them when the application is available. (top)
When are applications due?
All materials must be received by June 30, 2014. (top)
Yes, you need to be a Rhode Island resident to apply. You will be asked to provide documents that establish proof of residency as part of the application process. (top)
If you already submitted a federal background check for your NCLEX and have a copy, you can submit that as long as it is dated within the last 3 months. If you did not keep a copy, but had one run within the last three months, you can call the RI Attorney General’s Office at (401) 274-4400, provide your information, and request to have it sent to Stepping Up, Nurse Residency Coordinator, 375 Branch Ave., Providence, RI 02904.
If you have not had a federal background check done or it is more than three months old, you can obtain one from the Department of the Attorney General’s BCI Division between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. You will need to bring a Driver’s license and a $40 check or money order (no cash is accepted). Have the results sent to Stepping Up, Nurse Residency Coordinator, 375 Branch Ave., Providence, RI 02904.
Be sure to specify that you need a Federal Background Check, not a State Background Check.
Note: There is a chance you may need an additional BCI if a site requires it within one month of employment.(top)
Do I need to have a car to participate?
No, you do not need to have a car to participate, but we do require that you have access to reliable transportation. Residency schedules and sites will vary and may not fit with the public transportation options available. Participating employers are located throughout the state of Rhode Island. As a program participant, it will be your responsibility to ensure that you arrive on-time. (top)
No, to join the program you must have an active, unencumbered Rhode Island RN license or be able to prove that you passed the NCLEX exam before the program starts in September. You are required to have a Nursing degree to sit this exam. (top)
There is no minimum GPA requirement. However, GPA will be used as one of multiple considerations in the selection process. (top)
No, if you are currently working as a RN, you cannot join the program. This program is focused on helping underemployed and unemployed RNs enter the nursing workforce. If you are underemployed (i.e. as a CNA), you are still eligible for the program. (top)
Yes, you can apply for the program if you are actively licensed as a RN, but not working as a RN. However, keep in mind that this program will require a significant time commitment and flexible scheduling. (top)
We are in the process of refining the design of our program for the 2014-15 cohort. The prior cohort required a minimum time commitment of 24 hours per week. At least 16 hours will be spent with the preceptor and about six hours will be spent in seminars. The hours with your preceptor can be met through flexible shifts. The seminar days will be pre-scheduled and all participants will attend together.(top)
Yes, you should still apply. By September of 2014, you will need to be accepted into a BSN program or enrolled in the 1-credit bridge/transition to practice course taught at CCRI and other nursing schools. To successfully complete the residency program, you will need to actively enroll in a BSN program for the spring 2015 semester. The program coordinator will be able to assist you in the process if you need help.
However, preference will be given to applicants that supply proof of acceptance into a BSN program with their application. (top)
No, diploma nurse and ADN applicants must continue on to a BSN program as a part of the residency. This is strongly due to the Institute of Medicine’s goal of 80 percent of working RNs being educated at the BSN level by 2020 (source). (top)
“Underemployment occurs when a worker is either overqualified for his or her job, or is not working full-time and is working fewer hours than desired. For example, a college graduate in microbiology can find no work in his or her field and ends up as a clerk in a department store.” – WIA Definitions for Title I Eligibility
For the purposes of our program, an underemployed RN is not actively working as an RN. Eligible applicants may be working as a CNA, in other healthcare occupations, or outside the healthcare field entirely (i.e., child care, retail). If you are working full-time, part-time, or per diem as a nurse, you are ineligible to participate.
Note: Some graduates of Nursing programs find that they are unable to find work as a Nurse and volunteer in order to network and gain clinical experience. Unpaid volunteers working as RNs are welcome to apply as long as all other criteria are met. (top)
The residency program will last for six months with three additional months of academic skill building. The program will officially end by June of 2015 with the busiest schedule between September 2014 and March 2015. (top)
Where will residencies take place?
Each year, the format and rotation schedule will be different. The 2014-15 schedule will be finalized during the summer of 2014. However, residents will experience nursing in a variety of settings such as: acute care, long-term care, home care, specialty care (such as maternity), behavioral health hospitals and developmental disability providers. (top)
Last updated March 10, 2014.