Nurse Residency Program

A3-Mission117a-(1)The William W. Backus Hospital offers a unique residency program designed to bridge the gap between nursing school training and actual nursing practice in an acute-care setting.

The Backus Nurse Residency Program, the only one of its kind in Eastern Connecticut, builds on the newly-licensed nurse’s previous academic knowledge by providing in-depth learning through clinical immersion, simulation training and classroom-style activities.

Nurse residents select a specialty track in which they receive focused clinical education and mentoring – sharing a patient assignment with a clinical partner for approximately 16 weeks. The specialty tracks offered vary based on the needs of the hospital. Previous tracks that have been offered include: Medical/Surgical; Critical Care; Emergency Services; Surgical Services; Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum; Operating Room; Psychiatric Services; and Home Care. In addition to clinical immersion on the track units, nurse residents meet weekly in a classroom format to share experiences and receive additional education and training.

Following successful completion of the 16-week immersion phase, nurse residents will be offered a position within the organization. Nurse residents are expected to be able to work any shift (days, evenings, or nights), and the ability to maintain a flexible schedule is required. Professional development opportunities will be provided to nurse residents for the remainder of the one-year period through seminars, simulations, and monthly check-in meetings with clinical coaches and educators.

Admission to the Backus Nurse Residency Program is highly competitive. Applications are only accepted a maximum of twice a year, usually during the months of April/May and October/November. An on-line application, as well as an essay, resume, transcript and references must be received by the end of the application period in order to be considered.


Application Information

To apply for the nurse residency program click here

Applying to the Backus Nurse Residency is a two-part process:

  1. For an application and requirements to the Nurse Residency Program click here.
  2. Complete online application process through Backus Hospital Human Resources Department, click here to visit the Career page. Once on the Career page, navigate to “Nursing Professional” and then to “Nurse Resident”.

For further information, please call (860) 823-6313.