Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for any registered nurse position, or are only certain positions eligible for the Nurse Residency Program?

There are not specific RN positions designated for the Nurse Residency Program. You may apply for any RN position for which you are eligible.

Do I need to complete an additional application for the Nurse Residency Program?

No. There is no additional application for the Nurse Residency Program. You will automatically be enrolled in the program after accepting an RN position at Mayo Clinic.

Are all newly licensed nurses who are hired at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, accepted into the program?

All registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher and less than 12 months of practice experience as a registered nurse who are hired to a scheduled FTE position (not a supplemental position) are automatically enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program.

Is the Nurse Residency Program offered to two-year degree new graduate nurses?

All newly hired registered nurses participate in a robust, individualized 10- to 16-week (or longer) orientation. The Nurse Residency Program is only offered to four-year degree graduate nurses.

Will I be hired into a specific registered nurse position in a specific work area or unit, or will I be hired into the Nurse Residency Program and choose my permanent position and unit later?

You will be hired for a specific registered nurse position in a specific work area or unit, which will be your permanent position.

Will I be asked to sign a contract that requires me to work a certain period of time for Mayo Clinic if I am a member of the Nurse Residency Program?

No. All new employees are asked to commit to working in the position to which they were hired for at least one year. Nurse residents must complete the full 12-month program.

Are nurse residents paid the same hourly wage as other newly licensed registered nurses who are hired but are not in the Nurse Residency Program?

Yes. Nurse residents are paid the same hourly wage.