New Graduate RN Residents

RN Rec. Awards

New Graduate RN Resident full-time positions may be available on the following units:

  • Emergency Department/Clinical Decision Unit*   (Ground)
  • Trauma   (4th floor)
  • Women’s Health – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit* (5th floor)
  • Women’s Health – Labor & Delivery/ Perinatal* (5th & 6th floor)
  • Medical Surgical – Hospital Medicine, Medical Specialties (6th floor)
  • Medical Surgical – Oncology/ Transplant, Neurosciences  (7th floor)
  • Medical Surgical – Neurosurgery, Cardiovascular/Medical Specialties (8th floor)
  • Medical Surgical – ENT/Ortho Surgical Specialties, Solid Organ Transplant (9th floor)
  • Please note limited slots in specialty areas* – Medical Surgical/Oncology consideration strongly encouraged 

Position Specifics:

  • Individual unit offers for full-time positions – 72 hours per pay period
  • 12 hour shifts – nights, days, or variable (based on unit need)
  • Weekend Rotations (based on unit needs)
  • Clinical Orientation – Specialized 2 weeks
  • Unit Orientation – paired with Preceptors for 9 to 12 weeks depending on unit & progress (Exception: ED, NICU – longer orientation periods)

Program Summary:

  • 12 month Graduate RN Resident Program
  • Transition to Practice classes during first six months to build nursing competency, knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Advocacy program to support new graduate nurses’ professional well-being throughout first year of practice
  • Experienced preceptors in all clinical areas, who provide support and guidance
  • Division nurse leaders coordinating additional observation experiences to match the unique patient population


  • Must be a graduate of an accredited nursing program
  • Licensed to practice nursing in the State of Arkansas (by scheduled start date)
  • Must have less than 1 year of RN experience
  • ADN or BSN (As a goal of being a Magnet organization, for those hired into an RN position, it is expected that the graduate nurse will obtain a BSN within three years of your start date as an RN with UAMS. Certification in the specialty area of practice is strongly encouraged.)


  • Online Application & Skill Survey references (2 instructor/manager and 1 peer) must be completed prior to interview selection consideration
  • Professional Resume & Cover Letter
  • Commitment to the 1-year Resident Program and 18 months of full-time employment following the orientation period (Work agreement signed during first week of hire)

*To apply, go to Careers at UAMS at and select ‘Nursing’ then ‘Category’: ‘New Graduate RN Resident’.  *Please see calendar for scheduled application windows.

Note: Off cycle (non-resident) positions are opened up twice yearly based on unit needs in April and September. These individual unit positions are for new graduate RNs, with less than 1-year RN work experience and an active RN license, at time of application.