The Nursing Residency Program at St. Joseph's/Candler

The Nursing Residency Program is a special program designed for newly graduated registered nurses to facilitate the transition of the novice nurse from the classroom to the clinical environment.

For more information please call our Nurse Recruitment Team at 912-819-7649 or email

The St. Joseph's/Candler RN Residency Program is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

The current sites included in this accreditation designation are: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital.

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation designation are: Medical surgical, critical care, acute inpatient rehab units; emergency service departments in both hospitals; surgical services units including pre-screening, OR, Day surgery and PACU in both hospitals; and the Women’s and Children’s units in Candler Hospital only.

About The Program

The goal of the year-long residency program is to facilitate the transition from student/novice nurse to professional/advanced beginner nurse.

The residency workshops include professional development topics such as:

  • Orientation to the residency
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking activities
  • Introduction to other disciplines in the hospital
  • Information about the business of healthcare
  • Introduction to nursing quality measures, shared governance and risk management
  • Skills practice in a sim lab

  • The residency workshops are four-hour sessions that are presented on a virtual or live platform.
  • There is a graduation at the end of the program to celebrate your accomplishments during the program.
  • The program has been recognized by the federal and state Departments of Labor as a Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP). This designation along, with accrediation from ANCC as an accredited transition to practice program, are something you can be proud of and reassure you that our residency program meets standards of excellence set by both of these organizations.

For More Information

For more information please call our Nurse Recruitment Team at 912-819-7649 or email

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