Graduate Nurse Residency Program at Harris Health System

This 12-month program is designed to provide a collaboration of education and practice aimed at providing new graduates planned practice experiences with qualified nurses who have received formal training in their role as preceptor. New graduates receive support from their preceptor, education and leadership teams in the development of five transition core competencies, which include: communication and teamwork, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics.

Harris Health System offers two nursing residency programs annually:
Spring/February*, Summer/July *
Applications are typically accepted six months prior to each session.

Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The Harris Health System Graduate Nurse Residency Program is an evidence-based and organizationally-constructed program whose goals include best-practice guidelines aimed at supporting new graduates transition to practice.

Resident Experience

Our nursing residency program is a structured one-year learning experience focused on the nurse residency clinical specialty area. Each nurse resident will be assigned a qualified preceptor to help the novice nurse grow and expand knowledge and skills. Residents take part in learning activities and extended clinical experiences that focus on transitioning them into a safe clinical practice.


Harris Health System provides comprehensive day-1 benefits, incredible career and educational opportunities, and highly competitive salaries.

Application Process

The summer 2020 residency program starting on July 20 is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

Residency Requirements for the GN Packet:

  • Graduate nurse with less than one year experience
  • GN Packet Checklist (HR will provide upon completion of the first step)
  • Current copy of resume
  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing (BSN required)
  • Current “unofficial” nursing school transcript (Official transcript to be submitted upon hire). Ideal candidate will have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • GN Permit or RN license from the state of TX prior to beginning employment
  • Current AHA/BLS Healthcare Provider
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (Examples: current nursing faculty/supervisor or previous employer)

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