M Health Fairview Nurse Residency Program

M Health Fairview offers an evidence-based transition program for new graduate nurses. The Nurse Residency Program focuses on supporting new graduate nurses as they make the transition from academics into professional nursing practice.  

Program overview

The purpose of the program is to:
  • Provide support and development to new graduate nurses, so they have the knowledge and skills to deliver safe and high-quality care for patients and their families 
  • Serve as the connection between formal nursing academic education and daily practice
  • Facilitate the transition from an advanced beginner nurse to a fully competent nurse
The program consists of three education sessions during the first year of practice. Core content focuses on three critical areas:   
  • Leadership 
  • Patient outcomes
  • Professional role
Many organizations have recommended and endorsed similar programs for new graduate nurses, such as The Joint Commission, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the Institute of Medicine. These programs have been shown to facilitate the transition to practice, improve performance of the new graduate nurse, and improve nurse retention.

How to participate

If you have a MN RN license and obtain an acute care RN position at M Health Fairview, you are automatically enrolled into this supportive program. Most new graduate nurses begin the program near the end of their orientation on the unit with a preceptor.  


If you have questions about the program, please contact Laura Toomey