Northwestern Medicine North-Northwest Suburbs Nursing Residency Program

Northwestern Medicine’s North-Northwest Suburbs Nursing Residency Program provides the highest level of support for new graduate nurses throughout their first year as Northwestern Medicine Associates.

Residency Participants

Residents include all new graduate registered nurses with less than one year of acute care experience and less than one year of long-term care experience.


  • The program is one year in length.
  • The residency includes hospital orientation and specialty training courses.
  • Clinical orientation is tailored to the needs of the new graduate nurse based on assessment of clinical needs.
  • Core content is provided in structured monthly seminars.
  • Residents have access to hospital experts and resident facilitators.
  • All residents complete a professional project to enhance clinical practice.


  • Content experts educate nurse residents about their specialty areas.
  • Facilitators guide monthly discussions, work with nurse residents to identify areas for enhanced education, serve as experienced nurse mentors and guide the residents’ efforts.

Expectations of Nurse Residents

  • Residents are expected to attend and actively participate in all residency workshops and learning activities
  • Residents will promote a culture of professionalism and evidence-based practice by completing the evidence-based practice clinical project.
  • Complete all requirements of the program within the first year of employment

All new graduate nurses of Northwestern Medicine’s North-Northwest Suburbs facilities will be hired through the nurse residency program.

Application Process and Timelines

The Northwestern Medicine Talent Acquisition team is excited to support and guide you on your journey to discover, apply for and, if aligned, interview for open employment opportunities at Northwestern Medicine. We use SmartRecruiters to receive, review and pursue all internal and external applications. Please apply through our Northwestern Medicine Job Search page. When you are on our job search page, there are multiple ways to search and filter to review various openings. One way to find our new grad requisition for our Northwest hospital openings is to type New Graduate Nurse into the Keyword search field. You are welcome to begin the application process prior to nursing school graduation.