Residency Program

Residency ProgramProblem

Canada’s health care system is experiencing nursing shortages due to unsustainable working conditions compounded by the pandemic and the increasing demands facing new graduates.





From advanced beginner to competent registered nurse (RN) – CASN’s national residency program for RNs integrates nursing graduates into health care delivery, creating a more sustainable workforce.


A residency program for RNs integrates competent, emotionally resilient, and retainable nursing graduates into a sustainable workforce.


The 6-month Competency-Based Residency Program begins with a 5-day orientation provided by the health care institution, followed by a full preceptorship of the new graduate over an 11-week period. For the last 3 months of the program, the preceptor-mentor provides as-needed information and support to the new graduate while they acclimatize to a full workload. During the six months, CASN provides virtual workshops to the new graduates. There is also a required asynchronous, virtual Preceptor-Mentor Training Course for staff nurses over a 2- month period before the program starts. This course may be taken during non-working hours.


Costs for the Program (Curriculum, Workshops, Preceptor-Mentor Training, and Competency-based Evaluation Rubrics): starts at $10,000 annually, plus $150 per preceptor-mentor course attendee.

This does not cover the preceptor-mentor release time costs.

Program Partners


Interested Government


Interested Health Institution


Interested Preceptor

Reduce nursing shortages by supporting a national competency-based residency program for new RNs Grow a retainable nursing workforce through a partnership with CASN to deliver the residency program Build nursing capacity and competence by developing skills through the CASN preceptor-mentor training program
Government role

Assisting health care institutions with funding for the residency program.

Health Institution role

Providing a new grad orientation to the institution and assigning the preceptor/mentor.

Preceptor role

Teaching, supervising, coaching, mentoring, and supporting the new grad as they progressively take on a full patient assignment.

Additional Program Details

Residency Program

Learn more about CASN’s Residency Program

For information about the program, contact CASN’s Jessica Pearce Lamothe.