Can you provide some general information about Kaiser Permanente?

Kaiser Permanente is an integrated delivery system headquartered in Oakland, California, with more than 12 million members, 39 hospitals, 63,847 nurses, and 23,597 physicians. It is the largest integrated delivery system in the United States.

The company is composed of three different organizations: a health plan, hospitals and clinics, and the medical groups. There are eight regions in the system: Northern California, Southern California, the Northwest, Washington State, Colorado, Hawaii, Georgia, and the Mid-Atlantic States.

Northern California has more than 4 million members, 21 hospitals, and 242 medical office buildings.

What is the Kaiser Permanente nursing professional practice model?

Our residency program is built to support our nursing professional practice model.

In 2010, we adopted our current Kaiser Permanente nursing professional practice model to unite the voice of nursing and provide a framework for how care is delivered.

The model supports consistent nursing practice across the care continuum and the organization. It guides our nurses as they provide high-quality care, collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, and contribute to the discipline of nursing.

Learn more, visit KP Nursing Professional Practice Model

What is the Kaiser Permanente nursing competency model?

Kaiser Permanente’s nursing competency model represents the professional and foundational domains and their relationship to patient-focused care. The five foundational competencies — ethics, leadership, communication, technology enabled care, and professionalism — are at the base of the framework. Each foundational competency supports, influences, and is a part of each professional competency. We believe every nurse comes to Kaiser Permanente with some element of each of these foundational competencies.

The residency program builds upon the foundational nursing competencies found in the nursing competency model. Residents advance their professional role through our competency-based program. Further, our program is based on Vizient and AACN’s nationally recognized curriculum which will complement your orientation and training as a Resident. Learn more, https://www.aacnnursing.org/Nurse-Residency-Program. The professional competencies — resource utilization, collaborative care, quality and safety, informatics, research, and evidence-based practice — are those which are specific to the development of advanced competency and expertise in nursing.

How long is the commitment for this program?

The overall commitment is 12 months. However, you can apply to open, regular benefited Staff Nurse II positions after 6 months with the appropriate competencies.

What is a resident?

Nurse residents have fewer than 6 months of inpatient (acute-care) work experience as a registered nurse and have graduated from a California BRN accredited RN program with an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. The Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month transition to practice program that will support new graduate nurses as they transition to competent nurse professionals.

What clinical tracks are available?

All residents will be trained in our inpatient Medical/Surgical/Telemetry units.

What is my schedule like during the program?

You will work  36 hours or more per week during the program. Although your training will primarily consist of clinical practice, you will also attend seminars and participate in simulations to enhance learnings from the clinical environment. Your shift, days of the week, and time will vary, depending on many factors related to your training. Once you complete the orientation portion of the program (generally 3-4 months), you will begin working your contracted shift and schedule.

Will I work 8- or 12-hour shifts as a resident?

This will depend on the medical center (hospital) and your preceptor’s schedule. Residents will only work day or evening shifts.

What are the eligibility requirements of the residency program?

  • Active, unencumbered, California RN license (pending licensure and interim permits are not accepted)
    • This requirement is waived for both 2021 cohorts, must have license within 14 days of hire to fulfill conditions of employment
  • Completion of an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing (in-progress acceptable for entry-level master’s degree students)
  • Less than 6 months of inpatient (acute-care) work experience as a registered nurse

How many positions can I apply for?

There is no limit. However, think seriously about where you live in relation to the medical center you are applying to.

Can I apply without my nursing license?

No. You must have an active nursing license from the California Board of Registered Nursing. Interim permits and out-of-state nursing licenses are not accepted. Please note that for both 2021 cohorts this requirement is waived; however, you must have your license within 14 days of hire to fulfill conditions of employment.

I am in an entry-level master’s program, and have not completed my degree yet. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. You are eligible to apply to the Nurse Residency Program.  Please be sure to clearly state in your resume or cover letter when your degree will be obtained.

If I am a current KP employee, do I receive preference over others?

Our system does prioritize KP employees, but we will be reviewing all applicants.

Do you prioritize applicants with a BSN or MSN over applicants with an ADN?

No, we will be reviewing all applicants and looking at each applicant holistically.

How do I apply for a residency position?

Visit https://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/ and search for the job code found on our residency website in the “Enter Keyword” box. We will post the 11 job codes on the residency website along with the dates that applications will be accepted.

What is the KP candidate “My Profile?”

Create an account on our jobs website (KP Jobs) and complete “My Profile.” This is where you will upload your contact information, educational history, work experience, and any relevant documents (e.g. resume, letters of recommendation, licenses, etc.).

Are cover letters, letters of recommendation or references required for application?

No, we do not require these documents. However, we encourage applicants to submit any documents that tell us why you are a great fit for our program and how you stand out from others. We are looking for energetic and passionate nurses that have a desire to provide patient-centered care.

Can you provide more detail around the interview presentation?

We will provide detailed instructions if you are selected for an interview.

I was not accepted into cohort 1, can I apply to future cohorts?

Absolutely!

Does Southern California have a similar program?

Please visit their SCAL website for additional information.

Informational Webinars

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