Meritus Health Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Meritus Health

Hagerstown, MD
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Meritus Health Graduate Nurse Residency Program


Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Job Category: Registered Nurse

Requisition Number: GRADU007595

Meritus Medical Center
Hagerstown, MD 21742, USA


Graduate Registered Nurse (RN) Residency Program
Multiple Full-time Specialties Available, 12-hour shifts (see below)

Applications now being accepted for Graduate Nurse Positions for Summer 2023 Residency Program

Our residency program is a unique experience to jumpstart your career as a Registered Nurse, knowing and anticipating your needs and challenges in your first year of nursing practice.  Our 12-month program compliments the nurse/preceptor relationship and gives you the tools you need establish your foundation in the profession.

Meritus Medical Center utilizes The Vizient/AACN Nursing Residency ProgramTM which is trusted by more than 550 hospitals and health systems nationwide, and adopted as the state model for Hawaii, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency ProgramTM (NRP) focuses on new graduate nurses as they enter practice resulting in a retention rate of 91.5% vs the national average of 82.5%.

Associate degree RN’s will be required to obtain a BSN within 3 years of employment.

These are the ONLY units that will be hiring new graduates this winter: 

2 East (Medical Surgical) is a fast paced 18 bed unit providing care for medical/ surgical short stay patients, specializing in Women’s Health and a Center of Excellence for Bariatric surgical patients. 2E also specializes in Pediatrics with 8 beds dedicated to the care of pediatric medical/surgical and trauma patients.

3 East (Medical Surgical) is a 28 bed adult medical – surgical unit that primarily provides care to patients with orthopedic related issues, those undergoing total joint replacement, neurosurgical procedures, and patients that have sustained traumatic injuries. This unit also offers 10 telemetry beds for those patients that require continuous monitoring of their heart rhythm and rate. Nurse to patient ratio is 1:5

3 West (Rehab/Joints) is an 18 bed CARF licensed unit that serves 100% inpatients with all types of traditional rehab diagnosis.  The unit provides clinical assessment and evaluations, assistance with activities of daily living, gait training, problem solving skills instruction social and safety skills training.  Joints is a 10 bed unit that cares for total joint replacement patients.

4 South (Clinical Decision Unit) is dynamic, fast paced unit providing care to patients who meet observation status criteria. Observation criteria for 4 South is defined as those patients in stable condition but requiring further observation and/or treatment that can occur within a 23 hour period of time. Examples of some of the observation diagnoses accepted on 5 West would be: Atrial Fibrillation, Asthma, Chest Pain, Syncope, rule out TIA, Abdominal Pain. Once appropriate tests and treatments are completed, patients can be safely discharged or transferred to another unit for admission to the hospital. Staff of the observation unit should be self-motivated, proactive, goal/outcome oriented possessing a positive attitude, working closely with a dedicated provider group to provide excellent care to our patients and their families.                                                                                                                                     

4 East (Step Down Unit) has 28 beds and cares for a combination of Intermediate Care and Medical Surgical patients. The patients that we give our care have a variety of needs, but we specialize in cardiac care. Our unit is known for its teamwork and family atmosphere. The nurses on our unit are dedicated to their patient care and the helping the community.

4 West (Critical Care) is a 24-bed blended Critical Care/Intermediate Care Unit designated to render acute, preventative, restorative and supportive care to adolescents through geriatrics.

5 South (Medical Surgical) is a Medical/Telemetry Stroke Unit. The patients of 5 South have multisystem medical problems requiring staff to be knowledgeable of respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, neurological, and endocrine system diseases. The staff utilizes the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in providing skilled patient care and follows the nursing department’s Standards of Care and Standards of Nursing Practice. Clinical functions provided on 5 South include medication administrative, intravenous therapy, oxygen therapy, blood transfusions, wound care, cardiac monitoring, and the use and maintenance of specialized equipment

5 East (Medical Surgical) 
has patients with multisystem surgical and medical problems requiring staff to be knowledgeable of respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, neurological, and endocrine system diseases including Palliative Care/End of Life, Urology, Oncology and Nephrology. The staff utilizes the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in providing skilled patient care and follows the nursing department’s Standards of Care and Standards of Nursing Practice.

Emergency Department is a fast paced, dynamic, Level III Trauma Center that sees approximately 78,000 patients per year. The Emergency Department provides emergency treatment and stabilization for a comprehensive range of illness and injury, including but not limited to multiple trauma, catastrophic medical illnesses, general medical-surgical problems, minor trauma, orthopedic injuries, and psychiatric emergencies.

Operating Room consists of 14 operating suites for patient who need to have surgery or other invasive procedures.  They serve they whole spectrum of ages from infants to geriatrics. General surgery, orthopedics, podiatry, obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, urology, otolaryngology, limited pediatrics, trauma, oral, dental, laparoscopic, laser, plastic and reconstructive, organ procurement bariatric and GI endoscopy,

Fast Facts:

  • All newly licensed Registered Nurses start at $34.00 hour with excellent benefits, shift differentials, tuition reimbursement, & continuing education opportunities available
    •Unlimited growth potential including certification pay and nursing ladder
    •The program is designed to ease the transition of newly graduated nurses from the classroom setting to the clinical practice environment to promote quality, safety and reduce turnover rates for first-year nurses.

Why be a Meritus Nurse?

  • The only Magnet™ Designated Hospital in our region- Nurse driven Shared Governance, bedside rounding, committee and process improvement teams.
  • Up to $7.00 in shift differentials
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Nurse Certification and Continuing Education Funds
  • Self-scheduling – Enjoy what matters most to you.
  • Flexible Shift Options
  • Professional Nursing Ladder- Grow your career where you want it go.


  • Education – Graduation from an accredited nursing program
  • Licensure/Certification – Current license as a Registered Nurse in the state of Maryland or by Compact required. CPR required.
  • Knowledge/Skills/Abilities – Ability to apply the standards of professional nursing practice with compassion and empathy. Basic computer skills required. Must possess high level of organizational and communication skills.



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Job CategoryNursing

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