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Rhode Island Hospital Nurse Residency Program

Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program

Rhode Island Hospital has aligned with the nation’s top residency curriculum (Vizient/AACN) to offer a robust one-year nurse residency program to all new graduate nurses. This program focuses on three critical areas: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional role. The curriculum includes evidence-based content that focuses on classroom learning and clinical experience designed to effectively transition nurse residents into the clinical nursing environment during their first year of practice. 

Rhode Island Hospital Nurses

What Is a Nurse Residency Program?

Nurse residency programs support a successful transition from academia to practice for new graduate nurses. Our program offers a robust, evidenced based curriculum facilitated by a team of experts. 

Benefits of the Program

  • Support and guidance to assist nurse residents in building clinical relationships and developing professionally as an independent nurse. 
  • Educational experiences structured to help nurse residents develop competence in clinical nursing practice.
  • A supportive cohort that allows for professional growth in a learning environment. 
  • Diverse learning opportunities such as classroom training, hands-on skills, and simulation. 
  • Debrief sessions to address successes, problems, and/or challenges identified in the transition of nurse residents into the professional role.

Goals for the Nurse Residents

  • Transitioning from a novice nurse to competent professional nurse.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  • Strengthening your commitment to the profession of nursing.
  • Completing an evidence-based practice project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate from an accredited nursing program.
  • Baccalaureate or associates nursing degree. 
  •  Current Rhode Island Nursing License.
  • < 12 months of acute care nursing experience.

Program Areas

Choose an area below to learn more.

Medical/Surgical

Nurse residency programs support a successful transition from academia to practice for new graduate nurses. Our program offers a robust, evidenced based curriculum facilitated by a team of experts. Our Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month program that includes didactic education, completion of an evidence-based practice project, unit-based preceptorship, and interactive workshops that focus on clinical skills.

Core Content

  • Leadership: Patient care delivery, care coordination, resource management, delegation, inter-professional communication & conflict resolution.
     
  • Quality Outcomes: Pain management, skin and wound management, fall prevention, medication safety, infection control, patient teaching & management of the changing patient condition.
     
  • Professional Role: Ethical decision making, end of life care, cultural competence, stress management, evidence-based practice & professional development.

Skills

  • CAUTI
  • CLABSI
  • Blood Administration
  • Phlebotomy 
  • IV Insertion 
  • And more! 

The Nurse Residency Program offers 5 cohorts a year for new graduate nurses hired into a Medical Surgical unit. All nurses with an associate degree or higher and less than 12 months of acute care experience will be hired as a Nurse Resident into one of the cohorts. 

Please check our career website for the most up-to-date information about available nursing positions for new graduate nurses. 
 

Pediatrics

Nurse residency programs support a successful transition from academia to practice for new graduate nurses. Our program offers a robust, evidenced based curriculum facilitated by a team of experts. Our Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month program that includes didactic education, completion of an evidence-based practice project, unit-based preceptorship, and interactive workshops that focus on clinical skills.

Core Content

  • Leadership: Patient care delivery, care coordination, resource management, delegation, inter-professional communication & conflict resolution.
     
  • Quality Outcomes: Pain management, skin and wound management, fall prevention, medication safety, infection control, patient teaching & management of the changing patient condition.
     
  • Professional Role: Ethical decision making, end of life care, cultural competence, stress management, evidence-based practice & professional development.

Pediatric Content

  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Pediatric specific diagnosis and treatment 

The Nurse Residency Program offers 2 cohorts a year for new graduate nurses hired into a pediatric unit at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. All nurses with an associate degree or higher and less than 12 months of acute care experience will be hired as a Nurse Resident into one of the cohorts. 

Please check our career website for the most up-to-date information about available nursing positions for new graduate nurses. 

Critical Care

Nurse residency programs support a successful transition from academia to practice for new graduate nurses. Our program offers a robust, evidenced based curriculum facilitated by a team of experts. Our Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month program that includes didactic education, completion of an evidence-based practice project, unit-based preceptorship, and interactive workshops that focus on clinical skills.

Core Content

  • Leadership: Patient care delivery, care coordination, resource management, delegation, interprofessional communication & conflict resolution.
     
  • Quality Outcomes: Pain management, skin and wound management, fall prevention, medication safety, infection control, patient teaching & management of the changing patient condition.
     
  • Professional Role: Ethical decision making, end of life care, cultural competence, stress management, evidence-based practice & professional development.

Critical Care Content

  • Advanced Hemodynamics 
  • Invasive Respiratory Care
  • Advanced Rhythm Recognition & EKGs
  • Neurological Disorders 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Sedation Management 

The Nurse Residency Program offers 2 cohorts a year for new graduate nurses hired into critical care.

Please check our career website for the most up-to-date information about available nursing positions for new graduate nurses. Positions are posted in April and December. 

Perioperative

Nurse residency programs support a successful transition from academia to practice for new graduate nurses. Our program offers a robust, evidenced based curriculum facilitated by a team of experts.

Our Nurse Residency Program is a 12-month program that includes didactic education, completion of an evidence-based practice project, unit-based preceptorship, and interactive workshops that focus on clinical skills.

Core Content

  • Leadership: Patient care delivery, care coordination, resource management, delegation, inter-professional communication and conflict resolution.
     
  • Quality Outcomes: Pain management, skin and wound management, fall prevention, medication safety, infection control, patient teaching and management of the changing patient condition.
     
  • Professional Role: Ethical decision making, end of life care, cultural competence, stress management, evidence-based practice and professional development.

Perioperative Content

  • Foundations for Perioperative Nursing 
    • Anesthesia
    • Positioning the Patient for Surgery
    • Sutures, Sharps, and Instruments
    • Surgical Modalities
    • Wound Healing, Dressings, and Drains
    • Postoperative Patient Care and Pain Management
  • Surgical Interventions 
    • Cardiac, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, Gynecologic & Obstetric, Orthopedic, Neuro, Thoracic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastics, Ophthalmic  

The Nurse Residency Program offers 2 cohorts a year for new graduate nurses hired into Perioperative Nursing. 

Please check our career website for the most up-to-date information about available nursing positions for new graduate nurses.