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RN residency opportunity

Seeking variety, opportunity and a challenge?

Salem Health is currently seeking RNs with less than one year of acute RN experience or new BSN graduates from an accredited school of nursing to join our team of professionals! If you are seeking experience in a challenging yet rewarding health care system, then this is where you belong.

Are you flexible, driven and passionate?

Join our team and take part in creating a patient-centered culture while you gain experience as an RN in a top-flight hospital.

Specialty areas

  • Adult Health Services
  • Adult Psychiatric Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Department
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Women & Children Services

Special highlights include:

  • Competency-based clinical orientation designed to meet your individual learning needs.
  • Cutting-edge technology in a fast-paced environment.
  • Opportunities for support and information sharing among the new graduates, preceptors and educators.

Recruitment timeline

We are currently hiring for our November 2020 Cohort. Please apply online through our careers page. Applications close Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. The cohort will start Nov. 2, 2020.


If you have questions about the application process, interviews, or hiring, please call Salem Health Human Resources at 503-561-5231 or email If you have questions about the residency program structure or content, call Sarah Wolfe at 503-814-2866 or email You can also learn more about the RN residency by exploring the Nursing Excellence section of our website.

Frequently asked questions

When are the Residency programs offered?
Salem Health typically offers two Residency Program cohorts per year, with start dates in February and August. Depending on staffing need, an additional cohort may be added in November. 

Where do I find available positions and how to do I apply?
All applications must be submitted through our online system for consideration. We are unable to accept resumes via email, fax or mail. Available Residency positions will be posted on our careers website: click here to search.

How do I apply for the Nurse Residency Program?
If you are hired into a new grad position, you are automatically part of the nurse residency program.

When will you begin hiring for these positions? Is there an application deadline?
Positions will be posted approximately 3 to 4 months before the start date. Positions will remain posted for 2 to 3 weeks. Please contact Human Resources to confirm dates.
Which units hire new grads?
Please review the job posting to learn which units are hiring as available positions vary.

  • Critical Care: ICU (Intensive Care Unit), CVCU (Cardiovascular Care Unit), IMCU (Intermediate Care Unit), NTCU (Neuro-Trauma Care Unit), Float Pool
  • Adult Health: Orthopedics, General Medical, Medical-Telemetry, Medical/Surgical Oncology, General Surgery, Medical/Surgical
  • Women’s and Children’s: Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby, Women’s and Children’s Float Pool (Mother/baby, NICU, Pediatrics)
  • Emergency Department (ED
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatric Medicine Center, PMC)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
Do I need my RN license prior to apply for a residency?
Not prior to submitting your application, but you must have your Oregon RN license before your start date. We must be able to verify on the OSBN website three (3) business days prior to your start date. 

Do I need a BSN to be eligible for the residency program?
Yes, you must have your BSN, unless you are a graduate from Chemeketa Community College or are a current Salem Health employee.
  • Chemeketa Community College graduates
  • You must enroll in the Linfield BSN program to be eligible to apply and sign an agreement to obtain your BSN within a specified amount of time.
  • Current Salem Health employees
  • You must enroll in a BSN program to be eligible to apply and sign an agreement to obtain your BSN within a specified amount of time.
How long is the Residency program?
The nurse residency program is six  months in length. During the first six months you will attend monthly four-hour classes with your cohort with content on a variety of topics. Your precepted unit orientation length will depend on specialty area, experience, and attainment of entry level competencies. This timeframe can vary from six weeks to several months.