Nurse Scholars


The Kaiser Permanente 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.

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Next Cohort

Spring 2021 Admission Timeline (application period closed)::

Thank you to our more than 1,700 applicants to the Spring 2021 cohort! We are grateful for your interest in a career at Kaiser Permanente.

Interviews: 180 candidates have been scheduled to interview the week of April 5, 2021. If you have not received an interview invitation, we encourage you to apply to future cohorts.

Decision: Final admission decisions will be communicated during the week of April 12, 2021.

We encourage all those not admitted to apply to the Fall 2021 cohort. Applications for the Fall cohort will open in May or June of 2021.


  • 2021 Applications open in March and May.
  • Two cohorts a year of 100 RNs each (200 RNs total per year).
  • Trained in our inpatient Medical/Surgical/Telemetry units to be a Telemetry competent RN.
  • 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 6-month limited duration, benefited, training position.
  • After 6 months, 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

  • Please check this website frequently (or sign up for our distribution list HERE) for application openings. Our next cohort will accept applicants in late May or early June for a September start date.
  • Top candidates will be invited to a virtual group interview.
  • We prioritize candidates based on their academic background, Kaiser Permanente work/volunteer experience, and passion to work in a health care system that respects diversity with an emphasis on patient-focused care.

Informational Webinars

  • You can find our March 9th webinar recording below.
  • For additional information view our webinar PowerPoint HERE


Please visit our FAQ page for more information.