Bridge RN Residency Graduate Nurse Residency Program

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“The Bridge” residency program is designed to help new nurse graduates transition into professional practice. It is one component of the new-graduate nurse’s formal orientation at Medical Center Hospital. The clinical, leadership and socialization aspects of the program complement one another and provide the opportunity for a well-balanced orientation to the role of registered nurse.

Program Highlights

The RN Residency at Medical Center Hospital is comprised of invigorating classroom instruction including simulation as well as active bedside training with enthusiastic clinical preceptors. Blended teaching strategies promote enhanced clinical judgment and foster critical thinking among our new graduate nurses. This evidence based program is customized to meet the needs of new nurses and offers personalized professional support and guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

New graduate nurses and RN’s with less than one year experience are eligible to participate in the Bridge Residency. Special circumstances, such as lack of hospital experience, will be evaluated individually.

Residency Start Dates

Nurse Residency begins every February, April, August, and October.


All nurse residents will be required to commit to a minimum of two years upon successful completion of the RN residency program.

Application Process

All new graduate nurses hired at Medical Center Hospital participate in the Bridge Nurse Residency. You may apply online to the unit of your choice. Along with your application, upload two letters of recommendation from a clinical instructor or direct supervisor on letterhead. If unable to upload letters of recommendation, please submit in person or via mail to Human Resources department.


In the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM)/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing report, a gap was identified in the role transition from nursing student to professional practice. The report called for residency programs for all new nurse graduates. Residency programs have been identified to help the transition process by decreasing anxiety, stress, and turnover while increasing confidence and critical thinking skills among new nurse graduates.

If you are interested in participating in Bridge RN Residency or would like more information, please contact Suzanne Pessia, BSN, RN at (432) 640-2509 or

Student Nurse Intern Program

Program Overview 

Plan for a Rewarding Working & Learning Experience!

Medical Center Health System’s Student Nurse Intern Program is designed to promote the professional growth and development of nursing students. It is also designed to provide a more enriched clinical experience to prepare students for a future role as a professional nurse.

This innovative student nurse internship program is a paid position for students who are committed to their education.

Program Goals 

• To provide the intern with the opportunity to experience professional nursing in a quality driven premier health system.

• To provide clinical education experiences that will bridge the gap between academia and practice.

• To provide one-on-one mentoring by a dedicated preceptor.

Eligibility Requirements 

• Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Associate degree nursing program

• Completed two semesters in an A.D.N. program or the third year of BSN program prior to the start of the internship program

• Minimum GPA of 3.0

• Commitment to the duration of the program

Application Process 

• Click HERE to apply

• Provide a copy of your transcript and a letter of intent

For More Information 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Michelle King, MSN, RN, Intern Program Coordinator, at 432-640-2198 or