Registered Nurse Training Programs

Overview

Information pertaining to UCSF Health's yearly nurse training programs including program requirements and dates.

About our training

As a premier academic medical center, UCSF Health is dedicated to supporting new nurses who are entering practice as well as experienced nurses who are changing specialty areas.

Throughout the year we offer programs specially designed for these transitions and new programs are posted on our career website.

A variety of teaching methods are used to enhance the learning experience including didactic instruction, group discussions, skills laboratories, simulation, precepted clinical experiences, competency-based orientation, and online learning. 

The Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation, in conjunction with participating units and HR, provides several training programs to facilitate Nursing professional development.

Program types

The New Nurse Residency Training Program (NNRTP) is designed for newly and soon to be graduated RNs who have or will have graduated on or after April 2021 with an ASN, BSN or MSN degree.

Candidates selected for the NNRTP will be classified as a Clinical Nurse 1 and must have less than six months of RN employment experience at the time of the program start date. You will be expected to commit to at least two years of full-time employment on the hiring unit after the completion of training. All applicants MUST have either a temporary CA RN license or an active CA RN license by September 17, 2022.

All participants in the NNRTP are expected to be present and be actively engaged in all program events which include 40 hours/week for the first eight weeks. The following six weeks will include a time commitment of 36-40 hours/week of precepted shifts, didactic learning, and skill validation. Due to the rapid pace of the program, make up sessions are not available and the candidate may be asked to defer their participation to the next available cohort offering.

The application period will be from Saturday, July 30, 2022 - Saturday, August 6, 2022, 8:59 PM Pacific time. Interviews will be held during the month of August. The program starts with orientation on Monday, October 17, 2022. 

The Re-Entry Training Program (RETP) is designed for experienced registered nurses who are transitioning into a practice area and who lack the current clinical experience necessary or knowledge and skills of the new practice area to which they are transitioning without the support of this training program.

The RETP is comprised of a rigorous schedule that features didactic instruction interspersed with clinical precepted time. The overall goal is to provide a structured series of learning experiences coupled with precepted time to support the transition of experienced registered nurses as they re-launch their clinical careers at UCSF Health. 

The application period will be from Saturday, July 30, 2022 - Saturday, August 6, 2022, 8:59 PM Pacific time. Interviews will be held during the month of August. The program starts with orientation on Monday, October 17, 2022. 

The CDTP is designed to facilitate professional growth and new career opportunities for UCSF Health registered nurses who desire to transition from their current practice area to another practice area. Our overall goal is to provide a structure that will support our internal UCSF nurses and provide them with additional career mobility.

The application period will be from Saturday, April 16, 2022 – Saturday, April 23, 2022, 8:59 PM Pacific Time. The CDTP interviews will be held in May. The program starts July 18, 2022. 

The EETP is designed to facilitate professional growth and new career opportunities for external experienced registered nurses who desire to transition into UCSF Health to work in a new practice area for which they lack the hiring qualifications for that practice area without the support of this training program. Our overall goal is to provide a structure that will support our external experienced nurses and provide them with additional career mobility. 

The application period will be from Saturday, April 16, 2022 – Saturday, April 23, 2022, 8:59 PM Pacific Time. The EETP interviews will be held in May. The program starts July 11, 2022. 

Please visit the Department of Nursing Training Programs website for more information.