Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Residency Program
Thank you for your interest in our Nurse Residency Program. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions by applicants. If you cannot find answers to your questions on this page, please contact a Nurse Residency Coordinator at nurseresidency@logan.org
Application Process
Q: What are you looking for in candidates for nursing positions at Logan Health? 
A: We recognize many applicants are have the same minimal level of experience in the Nursing Profession. We are looking for energetic, passionate new nurses that have a desire to care for our community members; prioritize patient safety in their care; and embrace the diversity of our patients, families and staff.

Q: Which job postings can new graduate RNs apply for on the website? 
A: There is one job posting for each RN residency cohort. The job posting will be posted approximately 12-14 weeks prior to the start of each cohort. Applicants may select up to 4 preferred departments within the application. 

Q: When do the RN Residency Cohorts start and when should I look to apply? 
 
Q: What does the application process entail? 
A: Candidates will submit a cover letter and résumé, reference information, and complete a questionnaire. During the application process you will also have the opportunity to indicate with which units you are interested in interviewing.

Please include the following on your résumé:
  • Senior practicum or preceptorship 
  • Name of hospital or organization
  • Unit or department
  • Number of hours
Q: Which units hire new-graduate RNs? 
A: Residency opportunities are available in several clinical areas. Please note not all units take Nurse Residents each Cohort. Available units will be noted during each application window. 
  • Acute Care (Medical Unit, Surgical Unit, Med/Surg Oncology, Inpatient Rehab, and Transitional Care)
  • Acute Care Float Pool 
  • Intermediate Care (Cardiac/Step-Down IMC)
  • Intensive Care (ICU)
  • Emergency Dept (ED) 
  • Pediatrics (Peds)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
  • Behavioral Health
  • Operation Room (OR)
  • Pre-Operative Care (Pre-Op)
Q: To whom should I address my cover letter? 
A: You may address your cover letter to Logan Health Human Resources Department. 
 
Q: What if I haven’t graduated by the time applications are due? 
A: 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.  Please reach out to a Nurse Residency Coordinator at nurseresidency@logan.org if you do not meet these requirements. 
 
Interview and Hiring
Q: What does the interview process entail? 
A: All candidates who are selected for the interview process must be available in person on the dates listed in the above question "When do the RN residency cohorts start, and when should I apply?" The interview will include Directors and staff RNs from the units with which you indicated interest. Interviews for each cohort are held on one scheduled day and cannot be rescheduled so please plan ahead.  Interviews can be done virtually if in-person is not an option. 

Q: When will I be notified about the status of my application? 
A: If you are selected for an interview, you will typically be contacted by e-mail at least 2 weeks prior to the interview date. We will continue to contact applicants up to the hiring event if we have interview availability.  If you do not receive an interview, please apply for the next Nurse Residency cohort

Q: What if I am not hired? 
A: RN Residency job postings have many applicants and are quite competitive. If you are not hired, we encourage you to apply for a future cohort or reach out to a Nurse Residency Coordinator at nurseresidency@logan.org
 
Time Commitment
Q: How many hours per week do nurse residents work? 
A: Nurse Residents will work their hired FTE and may work up to 40 hours a week. Please note the first four months of hire are demanding as nurse residents must balance Nurse Residency classes, unit based orientation classes and patient care shifts. Nurse residents may work several days in a row with only a few days off in-between their workdays. Nurse Residency class frequency diminishes around four months leading to more flexibility in scheduling.

Q: Will I be working nights, weekend and holidays? 
A: Yes. Each unit has weekend and holiday requirements. You will most likely be hired into a position in which you will work evening or nighttime hours.

Q: Do I get vacation time during my nurse residency? 
A: It is expected that the nurse resident will attend all residency classes. Nurse residency classes are bi-weekly at the beginning of the program and later switch to monthly. It is the nurse resident’s responsibility to schedule time off around residency classes. Vacation hours must be accrued in order to take time off. Every unit has their own process for requesting time off; you will discuss the process and timing for requesting time off with your nursing leaders once you have been hired.

Q: How long is it expected I remain on the unit or area I am hired to? 
A: It is anticipated that RN residents will remain working on the unit or area they are hired to for the duration of the one year RN Residency Program.
 
Work Expectations
Q: When are nurse residency classes? 
A: Nurse 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 nurse residents must balance Nurse Residency classes, unit based orientation classes and patient care shifts.

Q: What should I expect for my schedule patient care orientation shifts? 
A: Your patient care orientation shifts generally mirror your preceptor’s schedule. This means you can be scheduled any day of the week. Shifts typically begin at 7am or 7pm and are 12 to 13 hours in duration. 

Q: How should I dress? 
A: For patient care orientation shifts on your unit, required attire includes navy blue or white scrub tops and pants. No nail polish is allowed in patient care areas. Residency class days require either scrubs or business casual attire. Closed-toe shoes are required in all areas. Badges should be above the waist and visible to others in the hospital at all times. 
 
Pay and Licensure
Q: What does a Nurse Resident get paid? 
A: 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 HR4U@logan.org
 
Q: How do I obtain information about Montana state nursing licensure? 
A: Please visit the Montana Board of Nursing website at https://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/nursing/
 
Q: What if my license is still pending upon start date? 
A: 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.