The Nurse Residency Program

The Nurse Residency program at WVU Medicine-Ruby Memorial Hospital is a transition-to-practice program for the new baccalaureate- and associate-prepared graduate nurses throughout the first year in their professional role.

All graduate nurses hired participate in the Nurse Residency Program. This evidence-based program is designed to support the new nurses’ journey from novice to an expert member of our healthcare team. This is accomplished through a variety of interactive presentations, small group activities, and hands-on experiences led by clinical experts within the organization and our academic partners at the WVU School of Nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who participates in the Nurse Residency Program?

Our Nurse Residency Program is a one year program designed for all new graduates of an accredited ASN or BSN program to facilitate the transition into professional practice.

What is included in the program?

We are a leading academic medical center and our nursing staff treats complex cases and provides specialized care not offered at other local facilities. Our program provides educational opportunities to promote critical thinking, leadership, and professional development. Our program is designed to complement the hospital-based and unit-based orientation. Educational workshops and support sessions allow residents to enhance their professional development to develop from novice to expert nurse. Requirements of the program allow nurses to collaborate and develop relationships with other nurses and members of the healthcare team. This is collaboration is encouraged through practice change projects and shadowing experiences.

What is the commitment?

Our organization is committed to professional development and is dedicated to life-long learning.  The workshops within the residency program are part of scheduled work hours and are paid educational time.

How often is the program offered?

The Nurse Residency Program is offered year round.  There is typically a cohort that begins each quarter.

How do I apply?

All new BSN and ASN graduates are enrolled into the Nurse Residency Program upon hire. Apply for a staff nurse position by clicking and follow the application process. If you have questions about this process, contact the Human Resources Department of WVU Medicine at 304-598-4075.


Lya M. Stroupe  DNP, APRN, CPNP, NEA-BC

Manager of Nursing Research and Professional Development

Magnet® Program Director

Transition to Practice Program Director

Nursing Administration

Office:  304.598.4385


Ruth Harvath MSN, RN
Transition Coordinator/ Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
Nursing Administration
Office: 304.598.4000
Office Location: 4NE Tower Nursing Administration Suite


Jennifer Tallerico BSN, RN, OB-RNC

Transition Coordinator/Nurse Residency Program Coordinator

Nursing Administration

Office:  304.598.3791

Office Location: 4NE Tower Nursing Administration Suite


Kathleen Dukate BSN, RN

Transition Coordinator/Nurse Residency Program Coordinator

Nursing Administration

Office:  304.598.0323


Office Location: 4NE Tower Nursing Administration Suite