Nursing Residency Program

A3-Mission117a-(1)Backus offers a program designed to bridge the gap between nursing school training and actual practice in a hospital setting. The Nurse Residency orientation program, the only one of its kind in Eastern Connecticut, builds on previous academic knowledge of the new nurse with opportunities for deeper learning through simulation training and classroom activities.

Focused, concentrated education occurs in multiple, specialty tracks such as Med/Surg, Critical Care, Emergency, and Surgical Services.  The program is designed to allow 16 weeks of shared clinical partner/preceptor patient assignments.  Participants are able to train in a variety of units throughout the organization, dependent on their chosen and assigned track.

As a bonus, monthly, one-day educational seminars will be offered to the Nurse Resident for an additional six months.  This provides a continuation of professional development and assists in maintaining a solid network of associates for these new nurses throughout the hospital.

This high-tech, 16-week specialty program is designed to prepare the newly-licensed Registered Nurse with the ability to manage a full-patient assignment with confidence.


Application Information

To apply fore the nurse residency program:

  1. Complete the online Nurse Resident application in its entirety.  The Nurse Resident position is found by clicking on “current openings” then “Nursing Professional.”
  2. Complete the Nurse Residency Enrollment Form
  3. Two current letters of recommendation from previous employers, clinical instructors, or a professional contact.  Personal references are not accepted.
  4. Copy of your Nursing School Transcript (for recent graduates [less than one year ago], unofficial nursing school transcripts are accepted).
  5. Employment is contingent upon passing the nursing boards and receipt of a Connecticut RN license.
  6. Mail items 2, 3, and 4 in one package to:
    Nurse Residency Program, Education Department
    The William W. Backus Hospital
    326 Washington Street
    Norwich, CT 06360

For questions, call 860-823-6309.

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

The Nurse Residency Program is one of the several “onboarding” techniques we use to integrate new hires into our culture of quality and safety.

The program, which helps ease the transition for new nurses coming out of school and into a fast-paced, acute-care setting, will support you in strengthening essential nursing skills and knowledge.

  • Nurse Residents will be expected to work 38 to 40 hours per week during the program on day and evening shifts.
  • The remainder of the program is dependent on your shift of hire, or the availability of appropriate learning experiences.