Nurse Scholars


The Kaiser Permanente (KP) Northern California Nurse Residency Program supports newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) as they transition to practice to one of our 21 Northern California medical centers. The program consists of a comprehensive evidence-based clinical orientation in addition to a 12-month transition-to-practice supported by Vizient’s nationally recognized curriculum. Cohorts start in the spring and the fall.

Fall 2022 Application Period

The application process for the Fall Nurse Residency 2022 Cohort will open on Friday, June 3, at midnight and close on Sunday, June 5, at 11:59 p.m. Please visit and search for the 6-digit job code below to apply. There will only be one job code posted for all KP Northern California Nurse Residency Program positions that will begin in September.

Job Code: The job code will be placed here when it is available.


  • Nurse residents:
    • Will transition to practice in one of our inpatient Medical/Surgical and/or Telemetry units.
    • Will be required to complete each of the components of the program (including didactic, skills enhancement, simulation, and an EBP project) and attend all 12 monthly transition-to-practice program courses to graduate.


  • Nurse residents are hired as a Staff Nurse I, into a 12-month, benefited, position.
  • After orientation, residents will secure a regular benefited Staff Nurse II position within one of our 21 medical centers and complete the remainder of their transition-to-practice program.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Earn industry-leading salary and benefits during your Staff Nurse I position, which continue in your Staff Nurse II position.
  • Benefits include full health, dental, 401k and more.


  • Applicants must have:
    • An active California RN license (interim permits cannot be accepted).
    • Earned an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing.
    • Less than 6 months of inpatient (acute care) work experience as a registered nurse

Application and Interview Process

  • Considerations are given to eligible KP employees who apply to the program as well as external candidates based on their academic background, KP internship/externship/clinical rotation experience, and their passion to work in a health care system that respects diversity with an emphasis on patient-focused care.
  • Based on competitiveness of the application cycle, we also consider the following factors:
    • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
    • Completion of an EKG class
    • A current AHA-BCLS certification
    • Letter(s) of recommendation from a nursing school professor or clinical educator that focus on clinical competencies and professionalism (please use official letterhead)

Top candidates will be invited to a virtual group interview where they will be required to prepare a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation that articulates their personal and professional journey toward becoming a nurse. This presentation will be presented in front of a group of 5-6 fellow applicants and 2-3 KP nurse leaders.

Informational Webinars

A webinar will be offered for applicants interested in our Fall Nurse Residency on June 1 at 8 a.m. If you are not able to attend, the webinar recording will be posted here.

Webinar LinkClick here to join the meeting
Call in #: 1-213-533-9530
Phone Conference ID: 101 557 992#

PowerPoint Deck

Feel free to take a look at our spring 2022 (past cohort) webinar deck here. A new deck will be placed here for the fall program when it is available.


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