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Nurse Residency Program

Prepare For Your Nursing Future

Our Nurse Residency Program prepares you to be successful as a full partner on the health care team. The residency program curriculum provides hands-on clinical experience, in-depth learning through simulation training and monthly seminars, participation in an evidence-based project, and ongoing professional development.

When you complete the Nurse Residency Program, you will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop effective decision making skills related to clinical judgment and performance
  • Provide clinical nursing leadership at the point of care
  • Incorporate research based evidence linked to practice outcomes into the patient care
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, academic medical center environment.

Choose the track that meets your needs: I'm a new BSN grad or I'm enrolled in an RN-BSN Bridge program

Mentor Guidance and Peer Support Develop Confidence

Nurse residency graduates report enhanced self-confidence and feelings of competency, and a strengthened commitment to nursing. 

Nurse Residency Program Preceptor video

The preceptor is the pillar of the nurse residency program

Preceptors support, mentor and guide the residents. 

They are setting the nurse resident up for success.

Watch how this nurse resident and her preceptor work together.


Our Nurse Residency Program supports you in your personal and professional growth by providing:

  • A unit-specific orientation during which you will partner with a dedicated Registered Nurse Preceptor
  • Mentored clinical relationships throughout the program to enhance your competency in caring for the adult acute care medical/surgical patient
  • Membership in a supportive clinical cohort where it is safe to share feelings and concerns.

Learn at a Nationally Recognized Academic Medical Center

In addition, Baystate Medical Center ranks among the top U.S. hospitals.

  • Baystate Medical Center was named a Top 100 Hospital, Major Teaching Hospital, and Baystate Health was named a Top 15 Health System by Truven Healthcare Analytics.
  • Baystate Medical Center's high quality and  nursing care earned the re-designation of Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence—one of 170 in the nation and only five in Massachusetts.
  • All three Baystate hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission.

Our Nurse Residency Program has been developed in collaboration with the University HealthSystem Consortium and American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Contact Information

Manager, Nurse Residency Program
Cara Chandler, RN, MS, CNL
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Applicant Information

Our Nurse Residents are hired into full-time, paid positions. Check Baystate Career Opportunities site for future positions. Search Nursing Jobs for nurse residency.

Find out how to apply.


Nurse Resident News

Learn about the nurse residency program's activities, goals and accomplishments in our quarterly newsletter.

In the Nurse Resident News Winter 2014 issue:

  • 2014 graduations
  • Recreation Club events
  • Capstone Projects: People's Choice Winners