New Graduate Nursing Opportunities

UAB Medicine welcomes all new ADN, BSN, and LPN graduates to apply and find their niche within one of our 50+ inpatient units, 60+ operating rooms, and 200+ outpatient clinics. If you’re not sure where to start your nursing career, check out our RN Internship Program to gain first-hand experience that helps you find the area best for you. Also, all new graduate RNs are automatically enrolled in our Nurse Residency Program, which eases the transition from the classroom to clinical practice by providing a wide range of learning and networking opportunities.

Nurse Residency Program

UAB Nursing and the Center for Nursing Excellence are excited to partner with Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to offer a one-year Nurse Residency Program (NRP). New RN nursing graduates are automatically entered into the program, which is designed to ease the transition from the classroom setting to the clinical practice environment by providing a wide range of learning opportunities.

The evidence-based curriculum focuses on three key areas: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional development. It is supported by three themes that align with UAB Medicine’s Pillar Goals:

  1. Improving the Patient Experience. Developing relationship-based care and making personal connections with patients and their family members
  2. Thinking in Action. Focusing on recognizing changes in a patient’s condition and knowing the proper action to take
  3. Professionalism. Shaping nurses into compassionate, engaged caregivers who are committed to delivering excellent service and pursuing opportunities for professional development, advanced degrees, and certifications

Our residency Nursing Professional Development Specialists (NPDS) ­– along with the unit-based NPDS – will teach, coach, and mentor new nurses as they transition into practice. The program includes a combination of didactic learning sessions and hands-on clinical training, all under the guidance and support of our NPDS staff. Resident groups will meet each month for one year. Each meeting lasts four hours.

The NRP offers many benefits, including:

  • A committed team that helps you stay on course for delivering safe, effective, quality patient care as you onboard into the clinical setting.
  • Support for your orientation and ongoing professional development needs.
  • Guidance that helps you focus on delegation and time management, patient engagement, diversity, nursing quality and safety, research- and evidence-based practice, ethical decision-making, and building your own emotional toolkit.

For more information, please contact the UAB Center for Nursing Excellence at 205.996.5713 or

RN Internship: Inpatient

As one of the nation’s leading teaching hospitals, UAB Medicine has a long history of providing excellent education for nurses.

Our unique, paid, 13-week RN Intern Program allows you to experience three different nursing units, each with its own specialized focus and stimulating environment. With over 30 participating nursing units, if you have not identified your calling within the nursing field, the RN Intern Program is an ideal way for you to see first-hand all that UAB has to offer and determine which area is best for you. Explore your options!

What Can I Expect?

You will either select three acute care units, or two acute care units and one Emergency Department, ICU, or Women’s unit, to rotate through for approximately four weeks each. If a non-acute care unit is selected as a part of your rotations, it will be the third rotation. During the rotations, you will learn specific disease processes, navigate the plan of care, and develop the skills needed for providing quality, evidenced-based care to patients.

You will meet with the nurse manager to review preceptor feedback after each rotation to assess your progress and provide direction. Upon completion of the RN Intern Program, you will select an available staff nurse position.

For more information, contact Natalie Fortson, Nurse Manager, at 205.996.7449 or

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