Registered Nurse - Residency Training Program

Application Process for the September 13, 2021 - RN Residency Training Program

Thank you for your interest in nursing opportunities at Cottage Health.

We will be accepting applications July 21, 2021 through July 30, 2021 only from applicants currently residing in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Preference will be given to current Cottage Health employees, graduates from Santa Barbara City College, and graduates from California State University Channel Islands / Cottage BSN Program.

Please apply for the RN Residency Training Program.

Only complete 1 application and include in your cover letter: Nursing GPA and status of your RN License / ATT / BRN Paperwork with anticipated timeframes.

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Cottage Health Nursing

The Cottage Health New Graduate Nurse Training Program assists new nurses with their transition to practice. The foundation of the program consists of clinical preceptorship, simulation and task training, reflection and debriefing.

The initial role transition for a new nurse is a physical, emotional, developmental and intellectual process that creates a personal and professional transformation (Duchscher, 2011). To successfully complete this transformation, new nurses need the support of their organization, nurse leaders and colleagues.

Cottage Health provides a 9 month nurse residency program combining classroom, simulation and clinical preceptorship (preceptorship lengths vary by specialty).

In alignment with our commitment to nursing excellence, the Cottage Health New Graduate Nurse Training Program provides an environment that supports role development of the new nurse, and reinforces lifelong learning.

New Graduate Nurse

“Without the support of the orientation program...it would have been immensely more difficult to transition to hospital based nursing. The staff that runs and teaches the new grads is without doubt key. They were nothing short of amazing, not only in their clinical expertise, but in their ability to relate to everyone in class.

Professional Topics

  • Scope of practice
  • Professional practice
  • Organization and prioritization
  • Patients First
  • Nurse-physician collaboration
  • Delegation
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborative dialogue
  • Risk management
  • Inter-professional collaboration

Transitional Topics

  • Novice to advanced beginner 
  • Role transition
  • Goal setting
  • Reflective thinking to improve clinical practice
  • Critical thinking and decision making
  • Reality shock and adaptation
  • Compassion fatigue

Simulations and Task Training

  • Medication safety
  • IV insertion/use of intravenous infusion pump
  • Central venous catheter care
  • Patient assessment
  • Pain management
  • Patient controlled analgesia and epidural infusion device
  • Rapid response simulation
  • Emergency management and Code Blue/AED simulation
  • Pleural chest tube care
  • Blood therapy
  • Cottage Health resource utilization
  • Documentation
  • Policy and procedure review