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

The application process for the Fall 2021 Nurse Residency Cohort is closed. Please continue to check here for 2022 application dates. (These dates have not been set yet. Please do not email us directly as we have no further information at this time.)


  • Nurse residents:
    • Will be trained in our inpatient Medical/Surgical and Telemetry units.
    • May be asked to travel while in their training position.
    • Will be required to attend all 12-monthly transition-to-practice program courses 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.


  • Applicants must have:
    • An active California RN license at the time of application (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

  • 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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