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Nurse Residency Program at Baystate Medical Center graduates latest class of registered nurses

March 25, 2016

There are many reasons why Baystate nurses are such good caregivers – here’s one of them!

On March 21, nurses from Baystate Medical Center’s Nurse Residency Program attended a “unique” graduation ceremony at the hospital’s Tolosky Living Room. They weren’t graduating from nursing school, they’re already nurses. Instead, they were attending the 6th graduation of the BMC Nurse Residency Program.

Baystate’s BSN Nurse Residency Program is a one-year curriculum for newly graduated registered nurses, offering hands-on clinical experience, in-depth learning through monthly seminars, participation in evidence-based projects, and ongoing professional development. The program was developed in collaboration with the University HealthSystem Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

New graduate nurses participating in the program gain invaluable experience with the mentoring guidance of Baystate staff nurses, and BMC supports new nurse graduates to help ensure we have the nurses we’ll need to provide exceptional care to our patients in the future.

Congratulations to the latest Nurse Resident graduates:

Katie Forrest - Daly OR

Lisa Drinkwine - Daly OR

Cassandra Blaisdell - Daly 6B Surgical

Natalia Velazque - Infants &Children’s

Jillian Battista - NICU

Patricia Goodenough - Daly 5A Neuro

Sandra Palmer M7 - Cardiac

Ronald Eisnor - Springfield 1

Jamie Moody - Springfield 1

Jennifer Buentello - Springfield 2

April Nguyen - Springfield 3

Margarita Bolden - Springfield 64

Krista Mitchell - Springfield 64

Elizabeth Klimczak - Chestnut Surgical Center.

They join over 170 nurse residents who have been hired by BMC.

For more information on the hospital's Nurse Residency Program, visit