Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Graduate Nurse Residency Program provides a gradual, supportive transition to professional nursing for newly graduated nurses. Over a 4 to 6 month period, the program helps you develop the clinical skills, professional judgment and critical thinking necessary to become a confident, competent practitioner in the highly complex world of acute care.

Our Residency is a comprehensive 1-year program that combines clinical experiences with a mixture of didactic presentations, computer-based training, skills labs, simulated scenarios, self-directed learning modules and peer group discussions.

Graduate Nurse Residents are expected to... 

  • Commit to a full-time work schedule (36 to 40 hours per week) for 1 year. The first 12 weeks are scheduled predominately on the day shift.
  • Attend all core classes and complete assignments within established timeframes.
  • Develop and utilize mentoring relationships that promote professional development.
  • Actively participate in general and specific learning experiences.
  • Complete tools and forms for demographic information, outcome measures, and evaluations of courses, instructors, and preceptors.
  • Maintain all personal records for orientation and professional development as required by the organization, and present these documents during the final evaluation meeting with the Nurse Manager, Nurse Educator, and preceptor.
  • Demonstrate safe patient care behaviors and effective decision-making.

To be considered for the Graduate Nurse Residency, nurses must...  

  • Have graduated from an accredited school of nursing within the last 6 months.
  • Be applying for the first formal work experience as a registered nurse.
  • Complete the Saint Francis online application form.
  • Submit a current resume outlining relevant clinical and work experience.
  • Attach a cover letter stating short-term and long-term goals for nursing career, reasons for interest in the Graduate Nurse Residency, and reasons for interest in working at Saint Francis.
  • Possess a valid Connecticut RN license by start date (if hired).

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