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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 (subject to change)

February 2021:
• Open job posting 12/7/20-12/20/20
• Hold interviews 1/5/21-1/14/21
• Extend offers by 1/26/21
• Start date 2/8/21

August 2021
• Open job posting 5/3/21-5/16/21
• Hold interviews 5/19/21-6/18/21
• Extend offers by 7/2/21
• Start date 8/23/21

November 2021
• Open job posting 9/1/21
• Hold interviews 9/20/21-10/8/21
• Extend offers by 10/19/21
• Start date 11/8/21


If you have questions about the application process, interviews, or hiring, please call Salem Health Human Resources at 503-561-5231 or email my.recruiter@salemhealth.org. If you have questions about the residency program structure or content, call Sarah Wolfe at 503-814-2866 or email sarah.wolfe@salemhealth.org. 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 months before the start date. Positions will remain posted for 2 to 3 weeks. Please view our website to see posted dates.
Which units hire new grads?
Each cohort varies based on business needs. The job posting will state which units are hiring for the cohort in which you are applying. Units may include:

  • Critical Care:
    • ICU (Intensive Care Unit), CVCU (Cardiovascular Care Unit), IMCU (Intermediate Care Unit), NTCU (Neuro-Trauma Care Unit),
  • Adult Health:
    • Orthopedics, General Medical, Medical-Telemetry, Medical/Surgical Oncology, General Surgery, Medical/Surgical, Float Pool
  • Women’s and Children’s:
    • Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby, Women’s and Children’s Float Pool (Mother Baby, NICU, Pediatrics)
  • Emergency Department (ED
  • Psychiatric Medicine Center (PMC)
  • Inpatient Rehab
Do I need my RN license prior to apply for a residency? It is encouraged that you are in the final stages of obtaining your licensure prior to submitting your application. Due to the high volume of applicants through the OSBN the timelines vary greatly by cohort on processing times. You must have your Oregon RN license the Tuesday prior to your start date, so please keep this in mind when scheduling your NCLEX and allowing time for OSBN processing.  

Do I need a BSN to be eligible for the residency program?
Yes, in most cases.
  • Chemeketa Community College graduates

    • You must be enrolled in Linfield College’s BSN program to be eligible to apply

  • Current Salem Health Employees

    • You must be enrolled in a BSN program to be eligible to apply

  • Upon hire you will need to sign an agreement to obtain your BSN within a specified amount of time.

How long is the Residency program?
The RN Residency program is 6 months in length. During your first 6 months you will attend monthly 4 hour classes with your cohort 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 6 weeks- several months.     

Will I be paid during the Residency Program?
Yes, you will be paid the RN New Grad rate during the first 12 months of employment.



For assistance with or questions about the job posting, application, or interview process, please e-mail Salem Health Human Resources at myrecruiter@salemhealth.org.

For questions about the Residency program, please e-mail Sarah with our Clinical Education Department email sarah.wolfe@salemhealth.org.