Nursing students who are preparing to graduate within the next six (6) months or graduate nursing students who have ≤ six (6) months of experience at the time of application.

Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Open to 2- and 4-year graduates
    • BSN preferred (from CCNE/NLN-AC accredited program)
    • ADN/ASN (from CCNE/NLN-AC accredited program) must obtain BSN within four (4) years of start date
  • At time of application, candidate must be:
    • Nurse with < 1 year of experience in acute care
  • GPA: Minimum 2.5 (overall and in nursing)
  • 18 + years of age eligible to work in the United States
  • At time of cohort start date, candidate should have taken the NCLEX in the state where the nurse will be working. Nurse residents must provide a written update of their exam status prior to the first day of the cohort and should have their test date scheduled within 30 days of their start date. Nurse residents will be allowed two attempts to pass the NCLEX.
  • Accept a 2-year commitment with company

Yes. You should apply to the facility and the care area that you are most interested in because your interview will be conducted at that facility by a manager and a team that represents that care area.

Yes — as a nursing student you are eligible to apply for the residency program and should plan to apply approximately six (6) months prior to graduation. The application process lists the specific dates that we will be accepting applications for each cohort. The website will be updated for each cohort and you are encouraged to sign up for our email list to receive program updates.

The Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month program and is designed so that the nurse resident will be working on their unit during the program and at the completion of the program.

The website will be updated regularly for each cohort and you are encouraged to sign up for our email list to receive program updates.

Please apply to each facility and select the top three tracks you are interested in.

Here is what you should include in your letter of intent:

  • Vision - discuss your vision for Nursing and patient care
  • Professional goals with 5-year plan
  • Why did you choose Nursing?
  • Why are you applying to a Nurse Residency Program now?
  • Why are you choosing to work at TriStar?

The interview will be conducted in person and will consist of an interview with a nursing leader and a peer panel representing the care area. Most of our facilities also offer the opportunity to conduct the interview via Skype™ technology.

The majority of our facilities have the capability of using Skype™ technology.

The nurse resident candidate will be offered a job for a specific unit in a specific facility.

2017 is a transition year for the TriStar Nurse Residency Program and we will continue to accept applications from graduate nurses outside the nurse residency program into registered nurse positions.

Nurse resident pay is based on facility and geographical market location.

A 2-year commitment agreement will be signed at the time an offer is made to the nurse resident candidate as part of the new employee paperwork that needs to be completed. This agreement is applicable to the facility where the nurse resident will be hired.

You should be preparing for the NCLEX exam while you are in school. Every effort should be made to take the NCLEX prior to the start date of the Nurse Residency Program. If that is not possible, we will ensure that you are scheduled off the day when you are scheduled to take the exam. You should schedule to take the exam on your day off. We will not grant any additional leave time for preparation for the exam. Nurse Residents must provide a written update of their NCLEX exam status prior to the first day of the Nurse Residency Program.

Nurse Residents moving from out-of-state are strongly encouraged to apply to take the exam in the state that they will be working. Graduate nurses will be hired into the Nurse Residency Program and until they are licensed they will be restricted to job functions that do not require a nursing license. Clinical orientation will continue and once the Nurse Resident receives notification of their license and we are able to verify the license, these restrictions will be lifted.

If the Nurse Resident is not able to pass the NCLEX exam on the first attempt, the Nurse Resident will remain in a non-licensed status until they are eligible to re-take NCLEX exam. The Nurse Resident will be allowed to work and continue in the program. The Nurse Resident role will be limited to those functions that do not require a nursing license. If the Nurse Resident is not able to pass the NCLEX on the second attempt they will not be eligible to continue in the Nurse Residency Program.

You can upload it in the "Manage my Attachments" section of the application. Initially, an unofficial copy is fine, eventually we will need an official copy. If your transcript exceeds the file size limit, please email it to
The system will allow you to upload up to five documents per applicant (regardless of how many facilities you apply to.) If you need to attach more than five, you will need to combine some of your documents into a single attachment. (Five attachments allows for your resume, transcript, letter of intent, and both letters of recommendation.)
No, your top-three selected tracks of interest will automatically default to your most recent selection when applying to the Nurse Residency Program at more than one Tristar facility.
No, your documentation only needs to be uploaded to your online application.
No, it is not necessary to upload both (your letter of intent takes the place of a cover letter.) Please be sure to include your vision, goals with a five-year plan, why you chose nursing, and why you are interested in the HCA Nurse Residency Program- Tristar Division.
When applying to more than one facility, avoid facility-specific wording; we suggest addressing your documentation to the "HCA Nurse Residency Program- Tristar Division."