FAQs: Transition into Practice (TIP) Nurse Residency and Fellow Program


Q:  What is required to be considered for the Transition into Practice (TIP) RN Residency & Fellow Program?
A:  The following are required:

  • Completing an online application by the published deadline
  • Current California RN license, in good standing
  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification
  • Current resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation:
    • 1 from a clinical instructor on school letterhead
    • 1 from a previous &/or current employer
    • 1 personal reference
  • Letter of intent which includes why you are interested in Providence Health & Services, the values you will bring to the organization and how our program will help further your professional career and goals

Q:  Do I have to have my RN license to apply to the TIP Nurse Residency program?
A:  Applicants will be required to have a current California RN license to be considered for the TIP Program.


Q:  Do I have to have a BSN/MSN in order to apply to the TIP Nurse Residency and or Fellow programs?
A:  ADN RNs are welcome to apply, however first consideration will be given to BSN, MSN and BSN in progress.


Q:  I graduated from nursing school more than 1 year ago, will I be considered for the TIP program?
A:  Yes you may be considered.


Q:  I am an RN but have not worked for over 3 years, can I be considered for the TIP Program?
A:  It is not likely that you will be considered unless you have taken an RN refresher courses.


Q:  I have worked at another acute hospital for 6 months, can I be considered?
A:  Yes, but you will need to meet the same requirements as the new graduate RN


Q:  I have been working at a SNF/Home Health/Hospice/Ambulatory setting for 1 year, can I be considered for the TIP program?
A:  Yes, you may be certainly can be considered.


Q:  How often do you offer the TIP RN Residency & Fellow Program?
A:  At this time we offer the TIP Program for new graduate RNs (Resident) and experienced RNs (Fellow) 3 times each year.  Please refer to the website for the schedule.


Q:  What units/areas/specialties offer the TIP Program?
A:  The areas can vary depending on the needs at that time, but typically the program is offered in Med/Surg, Telemetry, Critical Care, Emergency, Women’s & Children’s, Perioperative, Transitional Care and Sub-Acute.  We anticipate adding Home Health and Hospice in 2016.


Q:  Can I choose the area of practice I want?
A:  The application will ask you to indicate your first and second choice areas.  We do make an effort to accommodate preferences.


Q:  How long is the TIP Program?
A:  TIP programs range from 8 weeks to 30 weeks, depending on the complexity of the practice specialty.


Q:  When will I be contacted for an interview?
A:  We receive hundreds of applications for our TIP RN Residency & Fellow Program.  Although we review applications for those who meet our minimum requirements, we are not able to personally contact those who are not moving forward in the selection process.  You can always log in to your application profile to view the status of your application.


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