print this page

BSN Graduate Track Curriculum

The planning, implementation, and coordination of care on behalf of the patient or caregivers demonstrate leadership, an essential nursing role function. (from UHC / AACN program)

The one-year curriculum, developed by University HealthSystem Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, is designed to support newly graduated Baccalaureate  nurses in their development as professional nurses and members of the health care team.   


All Nurse Residents participate in the University Healthcare Consortium (UHC) Baccalaureate Nurse Residency – the professional development program - during the new Nurse Resident graduate’s first year of residency at Baystate Health.

2-Phase Curriculum

The curriculum has two phases, both focusing on:

  • Patient and family centered care
  • Genetics and genomics - “a central science for all nursing practice” (from UHC / AACN program)

The goal of Phase 1 is to facilitate a successful transition from an advanced beginner nurse to being a competent professional nurse in the clinical environment.  This will be completed during the unit-specific orientation period.


The goal of phase 2 is to enhance critical thinking skills and the ability to use outcome data to promote patient safety.  The Nurse Resident will complete this during the remainder of the program.

Preceptors Are Assigned to Each Nurse Resident

Each Nurse Resident is assigned a primary preceptor to provide clinical guidance, support, and feedback during orientation. The primary preceptor will be assisted by additional preceptors, as units needs dictate, to assist with the mentoring and guidance of the Nurse Resident. The Nurse Resident works her/his assigned preceptor's schedule so that the preceptor can most effectively facilitate the Resident’s self-confidence and gradual independence.

Expectations of BSN Graduate Nurse Residents

BSN Graduate residents are required to meet all expectations in the common curriculum. In addition, they must:

  • Commit to a full-time work schedule (36 hours per week).

Progress and Evaluation

During the Nurse Residency, clinical and developmental progress is documented continuously within each resident's specific orientation pathway. Educational progress is documented in each resident's education transcript which will continue throughout her/his nursing career at Baystate Health.


In addition to the Nurse Resident's self-evaluation, the team of Preceptors, Nurse Educators, and the Manager of the Nurse Residency Program provide guidance and feedback regarding the Nurse Resident’s clinical, educational, and professional progress throughout the Residency program.