Careers

Nurse Residency Program

(This session is Emergency Department focused only)

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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.

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