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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 nursing professional development transition to practice curriculum.

Cohort 8 Application Period

Applications for Cohort 8 has closed. Interview invites were sent to all selected candidates on 10/27/2023.

Upcoming Cohort Dates

CohortApplication PostedCohort Start Date
Winter Cohort 7Closed12/4/2023
Spring Cohort 8Closed3/11/2024
Summer Cohort 9January 2024June 2024
Fall Cohort 10May 2024September 2024

Please note that these are approximate dates for cohorts 8-10. We will finalize the cohort dates as we get closer to the application period.

Informational Webinars

Please continue to check here for upcoming 2024 webinars.

Feel free to take a look at our October 16, 2023 webinar deck here.


  • Nurse residents:
    • Trained in our inpatient Medical/Surgical and 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 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).
    • Completion of an accredited pre-licensure nursing program (prefer within the last 12 months).
    • No prior inpatient (acute care) RN experience.
    • Not currently in another residency program.

Application and Interview Process

  • We hire about 100 candidates for each cohort
  • 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 that is designed for registered nurses and/or healthcare professionals
    • A current AHA-ACLS certification
    • Letter of recommendation with a 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.


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: