Graduate Nurse Residency Program

The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is designed to promote a supportive transition from student to nurse for new graduates. Our program goals support the Nurse Resident to:

  • Transition successfully to a competent practitioner
  • Enhance the ability to provide quality, evidence-based care
  • Advance critical thinking ability
  • Improve skills in clinical decision-making
  • Develop a commitment to life-long learning
  • Become engaged as an entry-level nurse leader at Saint Francis
  • Develop a holistic approach in patient care

The program provides Nurse Residents with a positive first work experience in nursing by combining clinical experiences with a mixture of classroom presentations, computer based training, skill labs, simulated case scenarios, and peer group meetings. The program lasts 12 months, which includes a 12-week Core. Topics covered during the residency include:

  • Delegating appropriately
  • Communicating clearly, effectively and professionally
  • Prioritizing care and managing time
  • Using appropriate conflict resolution skills
  • Recognizing acute changes in patient condition
  • Using resources appropriately and effectively
  • Implementing best practices
  • Thinking critically
  • Setting professional goals
  • Mindfulness and self-care

The residency program is coordinated by a Clinical Nurse Educator who oversees the transition and development of each Nurse Resident during the first year in nursing at Saint Francis Hospital.

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To be considered for the Graduate Nurse Residency, nurses must...  

  • Have graduated from an accredited school of nursing within the last 6 months.
  • Be applying for the first formal work experience as a registered nurse.
  • Complete the Saint Francis online application form.
  • Submit a current resume outlining relevant clinical and work experience.
  • Attach a cover letter stating short-term and long-term goals for nursing career, reasons for interest in the Graduate Nurse Residency, and reasons for interest in working at Saint Francis.
  • Possess a valid Connecticut RN license by start date (if hired).

Saint Francis offers three residency cohorts each year, beginning in the months of February, October, and July. 

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