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Nurse Residency Program Curriculum Overview

Whether you are a BSN grad or an AD grad enrolled in a BSN program, our Nurse Residency Program helps support you in your development as a professional nurse and a respected member of the health care team. The curricula of the two tracks have a great deal in common. There are specific curricula for the 2-year AD RN-BSN track and the 1-year BSN grad track.

Common Nurse Residency Curriculum

The curriculum, developed by the University HealthSystem Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, emphasizes critical thinking, evidence-based practice and leadership.

Through monthly educational seminars, simulation sessions, mentored clinical relationships, and a Capstone research project you will learn about and develop skills in:

  • Communication, teamwork and leadership
  • Anticipation, recognition, and management of changing patient conditions
  • Pain management and end-of-life care
  • Patient outcomes
  • Evidence-based practice, nursing quality and nursing research
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Cultural competence

Expectations of Nurse Residents

  • Commit to a predetermined work schedule.
  • Attend all learning activities scheduled and complete assignments within established timeframes
  • Partner with preceptor and develop and utilize mentoring relationships that promote professional development
  • Actively engage in learning experiences
  • Complete tools and forms for demographic information, outcome measures, and evaluations of courses, instructors, and preceptors
  • Maintain all personal records for orientation and professional development as required by the organization
  • Complete and present evidence base practice Capstone Project (2013-2014 Nurse Residents' projects)
  • Demonstrate safe patient care behaviors and leadership skills


This track is designed for associate degree nurses (ADNs) with a registered nursing license who are enrolled in a RN-BSN bridge program.

AD RN-BSN Track-specific Curriculum

BSN Graduate Track

This track is for nurses who have newly graduated with a BSN degree and have never been employed in an RN role.

New BSN Graduate Track-specific Curriculum

Nurse Residency Program Partnerships

The Baystate Health Nurse Residency Program partners with the following Colleges of Nursing to support the transition of newly graduated RNs into clinical practice.

Partnerships provide a collaborative and innovative approach to developing a structured orientation centered on evidenced based practice and complements the Nurse Residency Program UHC/AACN curriculum. This model provides a dynamic prospectus and fosters the professional growth of the New Graduate RN’s during their yearlong residency

  • American International College
  • Elms College
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst