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Nurse Residency Curriculum

Baystate Health’s Nurse Residency Program is a 1-year evidence-based program designed to support the new nurse graduate's transition from academia to clinical practice, and prepare him or her to be successful as a full partner on the healthcare team.

Accreditation and Goals

The NRP is accredited by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), the standard-setting accrediting organization with the overall goal of contributing to the improvement of the public health. ANCC accreditation is an endorsement of exemplary nursing practice and professional commitment. The NRP was developed by the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2002 with 3 goals:.

  1. Promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice
  2. Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients/residents
  3. Disseminate best practices in nursing services

Our curriculum supports the achievement of these goals through the unit-based clinical orientation and development experience, in-depth professional development through monthly seminars on topics related to current learning needs, exploring and sharing an evidence-based practice project, professional portfolio development, and opportunities to reflect on learning experiences.

Two-Phase Curriculum

"The monthly seminars were extremely beneficial.
They offer a supportive environment to come together
as nurse residents, share our thoughts and challenges,
and provide us with additional knowledge about the
role nurses play in the overall organization."

—Lauren DeRouin BSN, RN, NRP Graduate

The curriculum has two phases, both focusing on patient- and family-centered care.

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.

Our Preceptors are the Pillars of Our Program

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

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 unit leadership of the Nurse Residency Program provide ongoing evaluation.