Nurse Residency Program

Mary Greeley's Nurse Residency Program meets the needs of new graduate nurses by delivering a personalized transition to practice experience that is meaningful, engaging, and supportive of each individual's personal needs and professional goals.


Mary Greeley offers a transition to practice pathway that utilizes a personalized, learner-centered approach to support and develop newly licensed Registered Nurses as they transition into professional nursing practice. Our program aims to transform nurses into exceptional caregivers by promoting:

  • Service excellence behaviors
  • Effective clinical judgment and decision-making
  • Clinical leadership at the point of patient care
  • Interprofessional collaboration within the healthcare team
  • Research-based evidence for providing safe and quality patient care
  • Strengthened commitment to nursing as a professional career choice


Upon hire or promotion into any open nursing position, nurses who fit the criteria listed below will automatically be enrolled into the 12-month Nurse Residency Program.

  • ADN or BSN degree
  • Passed (or will soon take) the NCLEX-RN licensing exam
  • Less than 6 months of acute care RN experience


  • 12-Month Paid Residency
  • Unit-Based Orientation
  • Specialty Classes & Workshops
  • Enrichment Seminars
  • Live Simulations
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Career Pathway Guidance


  • Gain Confidence
  • Build Competency
  • Develop Professional Skills
  • Expand Clinical Knowledge
  • Strengthen Decision-Making
  • Discover Leadership Potential
  • Deliver Exceptional Care

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to be in the Nurse Residency Program?

A separate application is not required. Apply for any open RN position(s) or specialty area for which you meet the minimum qualifications.

All new graduate nurses who meet the above criteria will be automatically enrolled in the program upon hire.

How often do you offer the program?

We offer several dates every month throughout the year so that you can begin working right away.

Can I apply and/or start working before I graduate and have my RN license?

Yes! Nursing students in their final semester are encouraged to apply to open RN positions before graduation. We have several options that would allow you to start working and gain valuable clinical experience while in nursing school and after graduation while studying for NCLEX.

Do you support employees who are preparing for the NCLEX-RN?

Yes! We have partnered with Hurst Review Services to host the 3-day Hurst Live on-site.

  • Open to employees and external registrants
  • Mary Greeley employees can attend for no cost by pre-registering through Net Learning.
  • Non-employees register online through Hurst - use code MGMC50 to receive $50 off

Find and register for our upcoming review sessions using zip code 50010 at

What will I do while I'm in the program?

The 12-month program includes workshops, evidence-based online learning modules, and monthly enrichment seminars that utilize challenging critical thinking scenarios, professional skills exercises, peer support group time, and guided discussion around important topics such as:

  • Communication and collaborative practice
  • Time management, prioritization, and #NurseLifeHacks
  • Caring for patients with complex medical and psychiatric problems
  • Ethical decision-making and how to #ThinkLikeANurse
  • Poking and prying with evidence-based practice and research
  • Leadership, professional development, and nursing career pathways

Is there a project requirement?

No, there is no project required for our program.

Will I earn continuing education credit for completing the program?

Yes, completion of our program is recognized by the Iowa Board of Nursing as 36 contact hours of continuing education.

What makes our Nurse Residency Program unique?

Our program was built around the philosophy that caring is both an art and a science. Our person-centered approach to transitions places authentic caring and trust, personal connection, and belongingness as top priorities because we know that it’s these feelings that will grow with experience, transcend time and place, and become part of who you are and what you stand for as a nurse. We hope you will join us at Mary Greeley Medical Center where we can share in this journey together.


For additional questions, please contact -

Kristen Myers, Ph.D, MPH, MSN-Ed, RN, CNE 
Nurse Residency Coordinator