Nurse Residency Program

(This session is Emergency Department focused only)

A3-Mission117a-(1)The William W. Backus Hospital offers a unique Nurse 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 an RN partner in a clinical immersion phase that lasts approximately 12 weeks. The specialty tracks offered will 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 clinical immersion phase, Nurse Residents will be offered a position within the organization. Nurse Residents must 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, and applications are accepted only once or twice a year. 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.


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