About KP

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, 38 hospitals, 54,000 nurses, and 16,000 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 MidAtlantic 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 and fellowship 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 nursing delivers care.

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 http://kpnet.kp.org/nursing/kpnursing/nursingstrategy/practicemodel.html

What is the Kaiser Permanente nursing competency model?

The residency and fellowship program builds upon the foundational nursing competencies found in the nursing competency model. Residents and fellows advance their professional role through our competency-based program.

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 professional competencies — resource utilization, collaborative care, quality and safety, informatics and research, and evidence based practice — are those which are specific to the development of advanced competency in an experienced registered nurse.

Learn more, visit http://www.kpnursing.org/professionaldevelopment/competencytoolkit/index.html

General

How long is the commitment for this program?

The overall commitment is 12 months, regardless of specialty chosen. However, you begin working “in the count” as soon as you complete your clinical orientation.

Who do I contact to check the status of my application?

Please work with the hiring manager or nurse recruiter at the medical center where you have submitted an application.

What is the difference between a resident and a fellow?

Nurse residents have fewer than 12 months of nursing experience. Residents are obtaining their first job as a RN at Kaiser Permanente.

Nurse fellows are current Kaiser Permanente RNs (Staff Nurse II, III, or IV) who are switching to a different nursing specialty.

What clinical tracks are available?

Spring 2018 Tracks

Clinical Track
Average Orientation Length
Medical / Surgical / Telemetry
2 – 3 Months
Mother / Baby (Postpartum)
2 – 3 Months
Labor and Delivery
3 – 5 Months
Adult ICU/Critical Care
3 – 5 Months
Operating Room
6 – 7 Months

What is my schedule like during the program?

You will work an average of 32-40 hours per week during the program. Your shift days 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 days.

Nurse Residents

What are the eligibility requirements of the residency program?

  • Active, unencumbered, California RN license (pending licensure and interim permits are not accepted)
  • Associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in nursing (in-progress acceptable for entry-level master’s degree students)
  • Less than 12 months of inpatient (acute-care) work experience as a registered nurse

How do I apply for a residency position?

Visit https://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/ and search for “TIERRN” job code. If there are any residency positions available, they will appear in the search results as Staff Nurse II/Staff Nurse I/TIERRN positions.

How do I know which department and work schedule a job posting is for?

At the bottom of each job posting there is important information. This includes the work schedule and the department/specialty for that position.

Here is an example:

How many positions can I apply for?

There is no limit. Choosing a specialty is a significant personal and professional commitment. Think seriously about which environments you might thrive in.

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.

Is the 12-month professional development program mandatory?

Yes. For all nurse residents, the 12-month professional development program is required as part of your first year of employment with Kaiser Permanente.

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 ensure to clearly state in your cover letter and on your resume when you degree will be obtained.

I’ve worked as a RN for more than 1 year in an acute-care or non-acute setting. Can I apply to the program?

Maybe. This is up to our hiring managers at the medical centers. Some managers may prefer to put you through the training program, if your prior experience is limited to non-acute care. FYI – once you have more than one year of work experience as a registered nurse you are also eligible to apply to our Staff Nurse II positions listed on KP Jobs.

I graduated from school more than 12 months ago, but I have never worked as a RN. Can I apply to this program?

Yes, you are eligible to apply to our program. It depends on how long you have been licensed but not working as a registered nurse. Hiring managers will make the final determination if you are eligible to accept a position as a RN at Kaiser Permanente. Our program has no specific defined limits, but we recommend that you should have graduated from school within the past two years.

Nurse Fellows

What are the eligibility requirements of the fellowship program?

  • Current Kaiser Permanente RN (Staff Nurse II, III, or IV)
  • Active California RN license
  • Desire to enter a new clinical specialty in which the applicant has limited or no experience
  • More than 12 months of work experience as a registered nurse

If I already have experience in a specialty, do I need to complete the fellowship program?

No. Nurses with prior work experience in a specialty should not complete the fellowship program. This program trains nurses to work in a new specialty where they have limited or no previous experience.

How do I apply for a fellowship position?

Visit https://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/ and search for “TIERRN” job code. The TIERRN jobs are training positions that utilize the Nurse Residency and Fellowship Program curriculum. If there are any fellowship positions available, they will appear in the search results as Staff Nurse II/Staff Nurse I/TIERRN positions.

How do I know which department and work schedule a job posting is for?

At the bottom of each job posting there is important information. This includes the work schedule and the department/specialty for that position.

Here is an example:

Do I have to already be a Kaiser Permanente RN to apply to the fellowship program?

Yes. We only provide cross-training development opportunities to existing Kaiser Permanente registered nurses.

Is the 12-month professional development program mandatory?

All nurse fellows are given the opportunity to attend the 12-month professional development program. This is a decision made between the fellow, their nurse manager, and their nurse educator.