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Nurse Residency Curriculum

Baystate Health's Nurse Residency Program is a 1-year track for new BSN or ADN graduates. 

Our preceptors are the pillars of our program.

Watch this nurse resident as her preceptor mentors her throughout, and after, a bedside visit.

Our Nurse Residency Program helps support you in your development as a professional nurse and a respected member of the health care team.

"The planning, implementation, and coordination of care on behalf of the patient or caregivers demonstrate leadership, an essential nursing role function". (from Vizient/AACN program)

The one-year curriculum, developed by Vizient, formerly University HealthSystem Consortium, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, is designed to support newly graduated  nurses in their development as professional nurses and members of the health care team.   

All Nurse Residents participate in the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency – the professional development program - during the new Nurse Resident graduate’s first year of residency at Baystate Health.

2-Phase Curriculum

The curriculum has two phases, both focusing on:

  • Patient and family centered care
  • Genetics and genomics - “a central science for all nursing practice” (from Vizient/AACN program)

The goal of Phase 1 is to facilitate a successful transition from an advanced beginner nurse to being a competent professional nurse in the clinical environment.  This will be completed during the unit-specific orientation period.

The goal of phase 2 is to enhance critical thinking skills and the ability to use outcome data to promote patient safety.  The Nurse Resident will complete this during the remainder of the program.

Preceptors Are Assigned to Each Nurse Resident

Each Nurse Resident is assigned a primary preceptor to provide clinical guidance, support, and feedback during orientation. The primary preceptor will be assisted by additional preceptors, as units needs dictate, to assist with the mentoring and guidance of the Nurse Resident. The Nurse Resident works her/his assigned preceptor's schedule so that the preceptor can most effectively facilitate the Resident’s self-confidence and gradual independence.

Expectations of Graduate Nurse Residents

Graduate nurse residents are required to commit to the schedule they are hired to.

Progress and Evaluation

During the Nurse Residency, clinical and developmental progress is documented continuously within each resident's specific orientation pathway. Educational progress is documented in each resident's education transcript which will continue throughout her/his nursing career at Baystate Health.

In addition to the Nurse Resident's self-evaluation, the team of Preceptors, Nurse Educators, and the Manager of the Nurse Residency Program provide