Cookeville Regional Medical Center has established a Nurse Residency program to ease the transition from student to practicing professional nurse during the first year of employment. CRMC is committed to building on the knowledge and skills you acquired throughout your nursing education, providing you with tools and resources necessary for success. The program offers three cohorts per year, January, June and September. 

Nurse Residency essentials topics:

* Role transition
* Patient centered care
* Effective communication
* Ethical decision making
* Lateral violence, resilience, reflection
* Work-life balance
* Conflict management
* Just culture
* Recognizing the deteriorating patient
* Leadership skills
* Customer service skills


New graduate RN or LPN
New hire nurse (RN or LPN) with less than one year experience


Three week onboarding process
Unit specific orientation with a preceptor
Nurse residency essentials for professional development
Program support and isntruction from nursing leadership

CRMC is dedicated to preparing you for success with a three week onboarding process. During your first three weeks, you will be set up for a smooth transition through clinical instruction, case study analysis, basic arrhythmia preparation, advanced life support certification, nurse residency essentials and unit specific competencies.


Eligibility to apply to the program requires meeting one of the following:

  • Graduating with a nursing diploma the semester immediately prior to the start date of the Nurse Resident Program.
  • Applications will be posted on