Nurse Residency
Program (Arizona)

Nurse Residency Program (Arizona)

The Nurse Residency Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, is a full-time registered nurse position
with a one-year orientation program that assists you in transitioning
from a new graduate to a fully competent, professional nurse at
Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic offers the program in February and
July each year, with the posting updated mid-October for the
February program and mid-March for the July program.

This residency program provides a collaborative learning environment where you can refine your nursing skills, enhance your knowledge, and develop new personal and professional relationships.

Two full-time nursing educational specialists are dedicated to leading the Nurse Residency Program, which uses an educational design that takes a comprehensive and innovative approach to learning. These program leaders work collaboratively with nurse managers, supervisors, nursing education specialists and other nursing colleagues at Mayo Clinic to foster and support your professional growth.

We invite you to begin your life-changing career in the Nurse Residency Program at Mayo Clinic.

Nursing at Mayo Clinic

Our nursing vision is to provide nursing care through evidence-based practice, education and research.

This vision is supported by living the Mayo Clinic nursing mission:

  • Delivering healing care for every patient every day, enhanced by relationships based on effective communication, collaboration and mutual respect
  • Providing educational opportunities in clinical nursing and professional development for nursing staff, affiliated students and faculty, as well as regional, national and international nursing colleagues
  • Improving patient care and advancing the discipline of nursing through theory-driven research and by incorporating findings into practice

Magnet Status

Mayo Clinic locations in Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona, have been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Magnet Nursing Status locations.

Mayo Clinic's one-year Nurse Residency Program in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, provides education and support to assist you in developing your clinical decision-making abilities and knowledge, as well as enhancing your technical skills.

This program includes a comprehensive curriculum that is presented in a variety of educational styles, which include presentations, lectures, guided hands-on skills training and high-fidelity patient simulations. Attendance is mandatory for all classroom sessions.

In addition to the structured educational program, you will be placed on an assigned unit with a preceptor for a one-on-one clinical experience. Through the use of a Tiered Skill Acquisition Model (TSAM), orientation will be tailored to your unique learning needs. With the use of this model your preceptor will guide you along this orientation journey. The length of time working alongside the preceptor varies with each specific unit.

We are committed to providing a strong educational foundation for all new nurses. The Nurse Residency Program will assist with your successful transition from a new graduate nurse to a well-prepared, confident and committed professional nurse.

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) review

Mayo Clinic will have Hurst Review classes available onsite. Refer to the Hurst website for more information on dates and pricing.


The pay rate for new graduate nurses in the Nurse Residency Program is competitive in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

What do I need to attach to my electronic application to be considered?

Please attach a complete resume with clinical information, and official or unofficial transcripts showing your overall cumulative GPA.

Can I apply for specific units and shifts?
No. You apply to the generic RN Nurse Residency posting. Unit preferences will be discussed during the interview process. If offered a position, you will be notified of specific information regarding unit and shift at that time.
Are there any additional requirements if interested in the Emergency Department or ICU?
Yes. You must have previous work experience, and/or an internship, externship, or preceptorship/clinical immersion in one of the following areas:
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • Intermediate or Progressive Care
  • Emergency Department (for ED only)
Please describe your experience with critically ill patients in your resume and/or cover letter.

Note: Clinical rotations do not count toward your experience.
What is the status of my application?
Please log in to your jobs profile to view your application status.
When are decisions made?
You will be contacted as soon as a decision has been determined.
To which state board of nursing should I apply for licensure if I am offered a position in the Nurse Residency Program and do not live in Arizona?
If you live out of state and are looking to relocate to Arizona, it's recommended that you apply directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Submitting your application for licensure by examination directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing will streamline the process and decrease additional fees. That means all required paperwork should be submitted directly to the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Refer to the Arizona State Board of Nursing website for additional information.
Do I need to take my National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam in the state in which I am looking to become licensed as a registered nurse?
No. Once you have received your authorization to test, you can schedule your NCLEX-RN exam in any state. The testing company will send your NCLEX-RN results to the state board of nursing where you submitted your application.
What should I do if I have other questions?
If you have other questions about the Nurse Residency Program, please contact our automated AZ Department of Nursing information line at 480-342-0850.

The Nurse Residency Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, has opportunities available in several areas (please note that openings may not be available in all areas for each cycle):

  • ICU/Critical care
  • Medical/surgical units
  • Emergency Department
  • Ambulatory Nursing


To be eligible for the Nurse Residency Program, you must have:

  • Successfully completed nursing studies and have graduated from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing (NLN), accredited school of nursing with an associate degree or bachelor's degree in nursing preferred
  • Graduated within the past 12 months or will graduate prior to the start of the program
  • Achieved an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • An Arizona R.N. license by the start of the program

How to apply

Please visit the Nursing Jobs Web page and search for RN Nurse Residency.

State of Arizona nursing (R.N.) licensure

To begin the R.N. state licensure application process prior to graduation, visit the Arizona State Board of Nursing website and click RN/LPN Application by Examination.

A current Arizona R.N. license is required upon hire. Basic Life Support certification is required upon hire and must be valid for 90 days or more from your start date. Electrocardiogram (ECG) competency must be completed satisfactorily within six months of hire and maintained annually. You must also maintain Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) as required by your specific unit, as well as any specialty certifications required by your unit.

Those hired as an R.N. after Jan. 1, 2013, who do not currently have either a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing will be required to complete a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program within six years of their start date.


If you have questions about the Nurse Residency Program, please contact our automated AZ Department of Nursing information line at 480-342-0850.