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Perioperative Nurse Residency Program

Centura Health is pleased to offer the Perioperative Nurse Residency program twice a year. The program is offered in Spring and Fall (exact dates to be announced yearly). The cohorts are approximately 8 weeks in length, followed by 4-6 months of orientation in the perioperative areas. To be considered for the program, you must first be interviewed and hired into a permanent, full-time RN position in one of Centura Health hospitals.

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Purpose & Program Overview

The Centura Health Perioperative Nurse Residency Program provides nurses with the knowledge and skills to launch a successful career in the operating room. From equipment and instrument use, to critical thinking, communication skills and beyond – this comprehensive, didactic program utilizes classroom training, precepted clinical practice, mentoring and online learning (AORN Periop101 certified classwork) to prepare RNs for a successful career in surgical services.

The Perioperative Nurse Residency Program lasts approximately 8 weeks and is followed by 4-6 months of orientation in the hospital’s perioperative area where the resident is hired. Cohort locations are rotated every Spring and Fall and sponsored by various Centura Health hospitals. Each cohort typically contains 20-25 residents and are taught by OR educators from throughout the system.


It is expected that each resident will attend all classroom dates, complete all online modules, and complete all clinical precepted shifts as outlined in the program in order to graduate from the program.

Benefits offered will be the same as any full time employee. For more information visit Compensation, Benefits, and Tuition Reimbursement.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited nursing program, hold a current RN license and be in good professional standing. New graduates and experienced RNs are welcome to apply as well as Centura Health RN associates looking to take their nursing career in a new direction.

Please submit your application online at Centura Health Careers once positions have been posted. On site interviews and other pre-hire assessments may be required.

How do you select residents for your program?
Each submitted application is reviewed by a group of managers. The group reviews the application and credentials in order to select candidates for an on-site interview.

What does the on-site interview look like?
The on-site interview is a regular interview that would take about an hour. The interview would include managers and possibly the OR educator.

What are the staffing responsibilities of your residents?
Scheduling is up to the manager. Typically there are no weekends required during residency.

How flexible is my rotation throughout the residency?
Scheduling varies depending on management. Typical residents will work 7:00 am - 4:00 pm on classroom days and then hours for precepted clinical times are determined at the facility level.

Can you sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. Citizens? 
This might be an option for future years, but at this time, we are unable to sponsor visas for residents who are not U.S. Citizens.