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Turning Degrees Into Careers

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Welcome to the Logan Health New Graduate RN Residency Program, located in beautiful Northwest Montana.

First and foremost, congratulations on attaining your nursing degree! The Logan Health New Graduate RN Residency Program is here to support you in your role as a new nurse.

We hire New Graduate RN Residents into three cohorts per year: February, July and October.  For questions, please reach out to RNresidency@logan.org.

New Graduate RN Residency Information Sessions

Application / Upcoming Cohorts

October 2024 Cohort:

  • Application window: May 13 – May 31, 2024
  • Virtual interviews: July 11 – July 12, 2024
  • Start date: October 21, 2024

Apply Here!

February 2025 Cohort:

  • Application window: August 12 – August 31, 2024
  • Virtual interviews: Wednesday, October 9 & Thursday, October 10, 2024
  • Start date: February 25, 2025

Eligibility:

  • Applicants may be initially accepted into the New-Graduate RN Residency Program while RN licensure or graduation is still pending. All eligibility requirements must be met by the day of Cohort start date.
  • Applicants must graduate and possess a current Montana RN license by the Cohort start date of the program.
  • Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited nursing school.
  • Applicants must have less than 12 months of experience practicing as a registered nurse.
  • If you have questions regarding eligibility, please reach out to our team at rnresidency@logan.org.

Ongoing Training

The 12-month New-Graduate RN Residency Program provides extensive patient-facing orientation with trained preceptors along with technical and professional development; this is to ensure a more seamless transition from the academic setting into the fast-paced and evolving environment of professional nursing care.

Content in the RN Residency covers a variety of relevant and evidence-based topics including:  

    • Assessment Skills and Clinical Judgment
    • Ethics and Moral Agency
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Interdisciplinary Communication Skills
    • Adjusting to Night Shift
    • Care for the Deteriorating Patient
    • Impacts of Trauma
    • Time Management and Prioritization
    • Grit & Perseverance
    • Practicing with a Spirit of Inquiry
    • The Art of Work-Life Balance
    • The Foundations for Professional Engagement
    • Compassion Fatigue
    • Social Determinants of Health in Nursing
    • Hands-on Technical Skills Training

Contact Us

Unit Placement

Logan Health RN Residency Graphic

Kalispell, MT

Medical Center & Brendan House

Whitefish, MT

Critical Access Hospital

Cut Bank, MT

Critical Access Hospital

Shelby, MT

Critical Access Hospital & Care Center

Conrad, MT

Critical Access Hospital & Care Center

Chester, MT

Critical Access Hospital & Care Center

FAQs

What are you looking for in candidates for nursing positions at Logan Health?

We are looking for energetic, passionate new nurses who have the desire to care for our community members, the ability to prioritize patient safety, and be valuable members of the Logan Health care team.

What does the application process entail?

Candidates will submit a cover letter and résumé and complete a unit preference questionnaire. Please include in your résumé the department and hours completed for senior practicum or preceptorship, if known.

To whom should I address my cover letter?

You may address your cover letter to Logan Health RN Residency. 

What if I haven't graduated by the time applications are due?

You may apply to positions prior to graduation, but you must graduate, pass the NCLEX and have a Montana State RN license prior to starting the program.

What does the interview process entail?

Interviews for each cohort are held virtually over one to two days.

How many hours per week do nurse residents work?

RN Residents may work up to 40 hours a week. Please note, the first four months of hire are demanding and RN Residents must balance RN Residency classes, unit-based orientation classes and patient care shifts. RN Residents may work several days in a row with only a few days off between their workdays. Please consider these working conditions and plan accordingly if you are planning to return to school to advance your degree. 

Will I be working nights, weekends and holidays?

For most departments, yes. You will most likely be hired into a position in which you will work evening or nighttime hours.

Do I get vacation time during my nurse residency?

It is expected that the RN Resident will attend all residency classes AND unit-specific orientation shifts that mimic their Preceptor’s schedule. This timeline is approximately 13-20 weeks and requests for time off during this time will need to be submitted prior to the start date of the Cohort. Requests received after the start date will be assessed individually and will not be guaranteed. 

How long am I expected to remain on the unit or area I am hired to?

It is anticipated that RN residents will remain in the practice setting to which they were hired for 12 months. RN Residents are welcome to look at other opportunities within the Logan Health team after they have completed the 12-month RN Residency Program.

When are nurse residency classes?

RN Residency is a year-long program. Class dates and times will vary throughout residency and will be communicated in advance for you to prepare. Classes are every other week in the first four months of the program and then switch to monthly. The first four months of hire are demanding, as RN Residents must balance classes and patient care shifts.

What does a nurse resident get paid?

Starting wage for Nurse Residents is the same as a new hire wage for each unit. Full-time employment and benefits begin on the first day of the residency; details will be discussed with the candidate and Human Resources Department upon hire. For questions regarding pay and benefits prior to starting, please contact Logan Health Human Resources Department at RNResidency@logan.org. 

How do I obtain information about Montana state nursing licensure?

Please visit the Montana Board of Nursing website at https://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/nursing/

What if my license is still pending upon start date?

In the event that a candidate receives and accepts a job offer for the RN Residency Program but still has a pending RN license at the time of the deadline, we will work with that candidate to attempt to postpone their start date to that of the next available cohort, which is usually around 3 months later. Please note that this is not always possible, and each situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, we may have to rescind the job offer entirely if the RN license deadline is not met.

Program Recognition

Logan Health New Graduate RN Residency Program is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

The current sites included in this accreditation designation are:

  1. Logan Health Medical Center
  2. Brendan House

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation designation are:

  1. Medical-Surgical
  2. Step Down IMC
  3. Emergency Department