Nurse Scholars


The Kaiser Permanente (KP) Northern California Nurse Residency Program supports newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) as they make their initial transition to practice into 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.

Next Cohort

Fall 2021 Admission Timeline

The application process for the fall cohort will open on Friday, August 13, and close on Sunday, August 15th. Please visit and enter job code 989359 in the “Enter Keyword” box to apply. There will only be one job code posted for the 100 KP Northern California Nurse Residency Program positions.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked which training hub you would prefer. If you receive an offer, we will try to match you to the medical center (hospital) and schedule you prefer within your hub.

Training Hub

Medical CenterTotal Residents
Walnut Creek8
Medical CenterTotal Residents
Santa Clara13
San Francisco10
South San Francisco6
Santa Rosa8
Medical CenterTotal Residents
South Sacramento16


  • Fall 2021 applications will open in August.
  • Trained in our inpatient Medical/Surgical and Telemetry units.
  • Please note you may be asked to travel while in your training position.
  • Required to attend all 12-monthly transition-to-practice program courses in order to graduate.


  • Nurse Residents are hired as a Staff Nurse I, into a 12-month limited duration, benefited, training 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.


  • Active California RN license at the time of application (interim permits cannot be accepted).
    • For both 2021 Cohorts this requirement is waived: must have license within 14 days of hire in order to fulfill conditions of employment
  • Earned an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing.

Application and Interview Process

  • We prioritize eligible KP employees that apply to the program as well as external candidates based on their academic background, KP internship/externship/clinical rotation experience, as well as 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-ACLS 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

  • You can find our August webinar recording below.


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