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Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is designed to be a component of the new-graduate nurse’s formal orientation at MD Anderson. The clinical, leadership and socialization aspects complement one another and provide the opportunity for a well-balanced orientation into the role of registered nurse. 

Now accepting applications.  

Program Objectives

New-graduate nurses will initiate professional nursing practice careers in a supportive environment committed to mentoring, coaching and learning. They will build confidence through a structured, professional transition-into-practice experience that is customized to individual developmental needs. They will also develop leadership skills that will positively impact the clinical practice environment and patient outcomes.

New-graduate nurses will create and enhance professional networks and relationships with peers during the residency, while honing and developing clinical and leadership skills in a world-class academic medical institution.

Clinical Experience

  • Completion of Performance-Based Developmental System (PBDS) and assessment of critical thinking, interpersonal and technical skills base
  • Collaboration with clinical nursing instructors, clinical coaches and nurse managers to design individualized pathway for clinical development of each new-graduate nurse
  • Participation in MD Anderson’s clinical nursing orientation program
  • Participation in oncology-specialty orientation specific to assigned units
  • Participation in evaluation of individual progress and overall program

Leadership and Socialization

  • Scheduled eight-hour paid education day off the unit each month to participate in required class and activities
  • Entire residency program length is 12 months
  • Informal, one-on-one meetings are conducted at scheduled intervals throughout the program to provide additional support and to monitor the new-graduate nurse’s progress
  • Socialization activities


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited school of professional nursing. They must obtain a temporary GN permit or RN license from the State of Texas prior to beginning employment. Phone screening will take place as applications are received.

Job Description

  • Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in assigned area
  • Assesses patients’ needs for nursing care and other services
  • Collaborates with physicians, other services, patients and patients’ families to plan care and evaluate outcomes
  • Improves practice by integrating results and theories of research studies and actively participates in data collection for current studies
  • Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies
  • Ensures integration of safety and quality standards into practice and delivery of team care
  • Documents care according to established standards
  • Accesses, inputs and retrieves information from computer systems
  • Assures continuity of care through appropriate discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services
  • Acts as a patient and family advocate in order to uphold patient rights
  • Organizes and prioritizes work of patient care team
  • Trains, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources
  • Effectively and consistently functions in related roles as required, e.g., charge nurse, preceptor or protocol manager

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