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Nurse Residency Curriculum

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

We support you in your development as a professional nurse and a respected member of the health care team by providing you with:

  • Hands-on clinical experience
  • In-depth learning through monthly seminars
  • Participation in an evidence-based project
  • Ongoing professional development

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.

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, 2016 Graduate

The curriculum has been developed by Vizient (formerly University HealthSystem Consortium) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The curriculum has two phases, both focusing on patient and family centered care, and genetics and genomics—a central science for all nursing practice, according to the 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.

"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) 

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 ongoing evaluation.