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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Nurse Residency Program

Before You Start the Nurse Residency Program

Do I need to pass the NCLEX prior to applying?

New Nurse Residents are hired into this program on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Check the Baystate Health Career Opportunities website for job postings specific to the New Grad Nurse Residency positions.

You may interview and be offered a position contingent upon passing the NCLEX, however you must have an active license prior to your first day of employment. Students looking to start after the summer months will be able to apply to the next Nurse Residency Program offered. 

Please see "Criteria for Application to the Nurse Residency Program" on the Applying to the Program page.

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Is the Nurse Residency a paid program?

The Nurse Residency is a full time 1-year paid program. Most benefits begin on the date of hire. The monthly Nurse Residency seminars area also paid.

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What facilities comprise the Baystate Health System?

Baystate Health is the parent corporation of an integrated health care system ranked as a top 100 integrated health care network by the SMG Marketing Group.

Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA

This 716 bed academic medical center (which includes Baystate Children's Hospital within a hospital) is Western New England's only:

  • Tertiary care referral medical center
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units

Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, Ware, MA 

Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA

Baystate Wing Hospital and Medical Centers, Palmer, MA

Baystate Noble Hospital, Westfield, MA

Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, Springfield, MA

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During the Nurse Residency Program

Do Nurse Residents “float” to other units during the Residency?

Nurse Residents do not “float” to other units during the Residency orientation period. It is preferred that the preceptors assigned to the Nurse Residents not “float” during the shifts a Nurse Resident is assigned to them. 

However, if due to staffing needs, the preceptor must leave the unit to “float” to another unit, the Nurse Resident does not follow the preceptor. The Nurse Resident will be assigned to another preceptor or to the Charge Nurse. The Nurse Residency Manager will monitor and assist, as needed, in ensuring the optimal clinical experience for the individual Resident.

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Can Nurse Residents request time off during the Residency?

Nurse Residents will work full time schedules during the unit-specific orientation and will accrue paid vacation and sick time off in the same manner as any other new staff nurse. 

Time-off requests during the Nurse Residency will be considered and managed to balance the Resident's clinical, educational, and professional progress. Military time, jury duty, and medical care as the only guaranteed time-off requests.

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What staff support do Nurse Residents receive?

The Manager of the Nurse Residency Program, unit educators, and the Nurse Residents Preceptor for each clinical area have advanced Nursing education and experience in transitioning new nurses from students to professionals and in the clinical specialty areas they support.

The Manager and Preceptors participate in the interviewing and selection process for all Residents in her/his assigned clinical unit. In addition, the Manager is responsible for scheduling, facilitating the individualized Internship experience, continuously revising the unit-specific orientation pathways, and evaluating the progress of each assigned Nurse Resident. 

The Manager has the overall responsibility to ensure that the Nurse Residency Program provides the socialization, clinical, and educational experiences for the professional growth and development of new graduate nurses at Baystate Medical Center.

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Do Nurse Residents choose their unit rotations or are they assigned?

The Resident applies to a specific clinical area and remains in that clinical area for the entire Nurse residency program to provide optimal clinical experiences.  The applicant applies to the position they are interested in and, if hired, they will remain in the position after completion of the Nurse residency program.

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Do the Nurse Residents get to choose the shifts they work?

Nurse Residents work their assigned preceptor’s schedule in order to facilitate the effective mentoring relationship to increase the Resident’s self-confidence and gradual independence.  Once orientation is complete, the Residents will work the shift that they were hired for.

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After You Graduate from the Nurse Residency Program

Are Nurse Residents guaranteed a job at the end of the Residency?

Continued employment of all new Registered Nurses is based on successful progress and completion of the 90 day probationary period and successful completion of the Nurse Residency Program.

The purpose of the Nurse Residency Program is to facilitate the successful transition of new graduate nurses from students to professionals. This is accomplished through effective recruitment and selection of the best candidates to become members of the Baystate Medical Center health care team. The medical center retains new nurses by providing the best nursing orientation, education, clinical, and mentoring experiences to assist them in discovering the best clinical specialty area “fit” for both the nurse and the medical center.  At the completion of the Nurse Residency Program, the Nurse Resident is promoted to a level Clinical 1 Nurse position. 

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Do Nurse Residents have a choice in where they will work at the end of the Residency?

Residents are hired into their permanent positions.  They can apply to the New Grad Nurse Residency position of their choice of clinical area as posted.

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Do you have openings for Student Nurses?

Baystate Medical Center has paid, per diem, Collegiate Care Technician positions available for Student Nurses through our FLEX Team. These positions have a mandatory full time orientation and minimum hours worked requirements. Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one clinical rotation and previous patient care experience or Certified Nursing Aid certificate is preferred.

Please access Baystate Medical Center Career Opportunities website.

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