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Desert Regional Medical Center Nurse Residency Program

Begin your nursing career in the Hospital You Can Trust

Highlights of the Nurse Residency Program

Photo of Nursing Residency Program DRMC utilizes a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to help you launch your career as a nurse. Utilizing expert nurse educators, content experts, social workers, physicians, pharmacists, and more... our team will help you step out in confidence to be able to care for the most challenging patients.

You will spend the first 10-18 weeks (depending on clinical specialty) working with focused preceptors in the clinical area of hire, while also learning in the classroom and simulated settings. 

How does the Residency Program at DRMC work?

  • Support from your Nursing Practice (NPP) Department
    • Your NPP team consists of a director, education coordinator, medical librarian, American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator, and 7 specially trained nurse educators
  • Education and Curriculum
    • After a week of general, nursing, and computer orientation, online specialty courses from professional organizations may be utilized as part of your department orientation.  Courses such as AACN Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO), AORN PeriOp 101, and ENA Emergency Nurse Orientation are developed by premier nursing specialty organizations.  The content is evidence-based and reflects the current standards of practice.   
  • Clinical Experience with Preceptor
    • Residents complete clinical shifts with preceptors. Preceptorship time varies by specialty.
    • As part of your training, you may spend time in other areas to observe the workflow. This assists with your understanding of the patient's continuum of care as you build relationships with staff members in other departments.
  • Helping You Gain Confidence and Efficiency
    • Our goal is to help you take your coursework and apply it in the real-world setting. Special teams will work with you throughout your residency period to help you grow and develop.
  • Evaluation
    • Residents will complete evaluations throughout the program
    • All data is regularly reviewed by DRMC leadership to continually improve the program
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For more information:


Amy Huff
Senior Recruiter
Desert Care Network
Office: (442) 400-2457

James “Charlie” Edwards, MSN-Ed, RN, CCRN-K, CEN
Director, Nursing Professional Practice|Education Services
Desert Care Network
Office: (760) 323-6656