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UnityPoint at Home Nurse Residency Program

Launching your nursing career is an exciting time, but it also can be a little frightening. That's why UnityPoint at Home is strongly committed to its Nurse Residency Program. Our program ensures nurses do not start their journey alone but are instead nurtured every step of the way. Our program is designed to provide each new RN with the tools necessary to deliver safe, effective and competent high-quality care to patients in their homes.

Accredited Practice Transition Program

ANCCA Accreditation logoUnityPoint at Home Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. The current sites included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  • UnityPoint at Home - Quad Cities Region 
  • UnityPoint at Home - Waterloo Region 
  • UnityPoint at Home - Central Iowa Region

The current workplace settings included in this accreditation with distinction designation are:

  • Home care

Program Highlights

  • Home Care Residency available in all regions; Hospice Residency available in designated regions.
  • A yearlong program to smooth transition into practice.
  • Participation in this program is part of the regular work assignment.
  • A series of thoughtfully developed seminars that enhance skills in critical thinking, assessment, leadership and clinical decision making.
  • Classroom instruction specific to home care or hospice track.
  • Use of clinical simulation to foster critical thinking skills, in a controlled environment.
  • A team-based approach to success with support from clinical leadership and clinical education.
  • Dedicated nurse educators who are available both during and following the program.
  • Guidance provided by Clinical Preceptors.
  • Additional support and guidance provided by professional nurse mentor.
  • Thirty-six (36) hours of continuing education awarded upon completion of the program.

Nurse Residency Program Video


UnityPoint at Home has experienced nurses with preceptor training. You will work closely with your preceptor to develop your skills and help you transition into your new role.

Nurse Residency Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program
  • Successful completion of NCLEX
  • Current Iowa and Illinois license or multi-state license, as applicable. Progress toward dual licensure, depending on Home Care region
  • Copy of official transcripts
  • Less than 12 months work experience as an RN
  • Two written professional references, one from a clinical instructor
  • One letter of intent that answers:
    • What influenced you to pursue a career in nursing?
    • Why are you interested in the RN residency program?
    • Where do you see yourself in five years?