Behavioral Health Track

The Behavioral Health track is geared toward new nurses who seek to specialize in psychiatric and behavioral health nursing. The program is designed to nurture the new graduate nurse in the transition from student to professional nurse. It provides new nurses with the specific tools and experiences needed to begin a successful career in behavioral health. After orientation to VUMC, you will experience a focused orientation in your unit and work with unit-based preceptors. Placement within a specific department will occur within your first week of orientation. 

For more information, please visit Vanderbilt Behavioral Health Nursing or Vanderbilt Behavioral Health.


Applications are open as of May 4, 2022 for the following:

-July 2022 (start date: July 25, 2022)
-October 2022 (start date: Oct 24, 2022)

*candidates must have graduated and successfully passed
  the NCLEX one week prior to start date

Steps to Apply




video interview
& track preference


application by
the deadline

VUMC staff:
Click to apply

Non-VUMC staff:
Click to apply

In the "keyword" field,
search position by 
entering one of the following:

Nurse Resident
  - or -
Nurse Residency Program

Select "apply online" and follow instructions.

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Required to complete your application.

Topics will include:

  • welcome & directions

  • motivation for choosing VUMC

  • behavior-based questions

Questions on this process? Access information on how to record a video interview.


Next steps:

  • video interview review

  • referral to track for Hiring Department Conversation


Questions on what to expect? See this step-by-step guide to navigate the application!


Candidates that successfully complete the application process will be reviewed and
recommended for a department conversation. You will be contacted via phone and/or email
regarding next steps.