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 – Closed as of June 6th, 2022

Upcoming Cohort Dates

Please note that these are approximate dates. We will finalize dates as we get closer to the application period.

CohortApplication PostedCohort Start Date
Spring Cohort 5 February 2023 May 2023
Fall Cohort 6 June 2023 September 2023


  • 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) upon hire.
    • 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-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

Please continue to check here for upcoming 2023 webinars.

PowerPoint Deck

Feel free to take a look at our fall 2022 webinar deck here.


Please visit our FAQ page for more information.


  • We’re often asked about upcoming application and cohort dates. Please know that we’ll share timing information on this website as soon as it becomes available. After reviewing our FAQ page carefully, if you still have questions (unrelated to timing), please email: