New Graduate RN Residents

RN Rec. Awards

New Graduate RN Resident full-time positions may be available on the following units (Central AR UAMS campus only): Click here for next application window, Reimbursement for NCLEX-RN Exam/Review Course and FAQ.

  • Emergency Department/Clinical Decision Unit*   (Ground/1st floor)
  • Psychiatric Research Institute* (1st floor)
  • Surgical Services (2nd floor – main OR, Peri-op)
  • Adult ICU* & Trauma   (4th floor – E4, H4 & F4)
  • Women’s Health – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit* (5th floor – F5)
  • Women’s Health – Labor & Delivery/ Perinatal* (5th & 6th floor – E5, E6)
  • Medical Surgical – Hospital Medicine, Medical Specialties (6th floor – H6, F6)
  • Medical Surgical – Oncology/ Transplant  (7th floor – H7 & E7, F7)
  • Medical Surgical – Neurosurgery, Cardiovascular/Medical Specialties (8th floor – H8, F8, F6)
  • Medical Surgical – ENT/Ortho Surgical Specialties, Solid Organ Transplant (9th floor – F9, H9)

For a full description of patients cared for on specific units, please see the following:

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 3 weeks
  • Unit Orientation – paired with Preceptors for 9 to 12 weeks depending on unit & progress (Exception: ED, Adult ICU & NICU – longer orientation periods)

Program Summary:

  • 12 month Graduate RN Resident Program
  • Transition to Practice classes will be held every other month during the first year to build nursing competency, knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • Unit specific orientation activities along with experienced preceptors in all clinical areas, who provide support and guidance
  • Mentoring and support for the new graduates’ professional well-being provided throughout the first year of practice
  • Division nurse leaders coordinating additional observation experiences to match the unique patient population


  • Must be a graduate of an RN nursing program
  • Permanent or temporary licensure to practice nursing in the State of Arkansas (by scheduled start date)
  • Must have less than 12 months of RN work 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.


  • Online Application & 3 Skill Survey references -1 instructor/1 manager /1 peer (co-worker or classmate), or 2 instructors/1 peer ( if no previous employment), must be completed prior to interview selection consideration
  • Professional Resume & Cover Letter (upload as one document into the system upon application)
  • Complete the 1-year Transition to Practice program and all monthly classes required to advance through the Clinical Ladder. These classes are created to build nursing competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities.

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

FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION on the application process: Email or Transition to Practice: Email