New Graduate Nurse Residency Program - Critical Care

Boston Medical Center (BMC) - Boston, MA (30+ days ago)4.0

Boston Medical Center has implemented a comprehensive new graduate nurse transition to practice program incorporating the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies. New graduate nurses are hired into the institution in cohorts. The cohort members attend nursing orientation together and followed by a series of educational days and brown bag lunches over a 6 month period. These activities, besides being educational also brings the group together promoting social support and relevant discussion of common situations encountered in the first year of practice. The new graduate nurse residency includes a variety of experiential learning modalities which provide opportunities for assimilation and application of clinical theory and concepts to bedside practice.


Complete this on-line application application which includes uploading the following documents:
Critical Care Statement of Purpose ( Why you desire to be a Critical Care RN)
Unofficial transcript
Two letters of recommendation
Participate in a panel interview
If selected, must be available to begin work on Monday, September 10

Cohort participants are not assigned a permanent unit until after the conclusion of the residency program
The cohort participants work their first 4 weeks in the clinical environment, full - time Monday through Friday during variable shifts, on a designated in-patient training unit
This schedule provides maximum exposure to new clinical environment, colleagues and patient populations
After the conclusion of the residency program, shifts - including weekend rotation, unit and hourly status, will be assigned
All cohort participants are paid as employees and will receive benefits according to Boston Medical Center’s established policies and procedures
Each nurse is responsible in collaboration with their preceptor and clinical nurse educator to devise weekly goals

In accordance with the American Nurses Association’s “Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice,” the registered nurse, under the general supervision of the Nurse Manager, is primarily responsible for professional performance and direct patient care.


The role is designated for nurses who have graduated from nursing school within the twelve (12) months prior to their date of hire, and encompasses nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, evaluation, and coordination of care for patients and their families across the health care continuum. The registered nurse is accountable for clinical, educational, quality and fiscal patient care outcomes using the model of care designed by the nursing department and in accordance with established BMC policies, procedures, protocols, guidelines and standards of practice.


Graduation from an accredited BSN program within the twelve (12) months prior to date of hire required
Graduation for an accredited ASN program within the twelve (12) months prior to date of hire required
If graduating from an ASN program, Registered Nurses are required to enroll in a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by the end of the first year of employment and receive their BSN by the end of the semester in which their four (4) year anniversary of employment at BMC occurs

Licensed to practice professional nursing as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Candidates for application to the Boston Medical Center Critical Care RN Residency are nursing students who will be eligible to sit for NCLEX and obtain licensure for practice in Massachusetts by August 1, 2018
Licensure in good standing
Requires current basic life support (BLS) certification. Some units may require Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS) certification
Additional certifications may be required for certain practice areas

The Critical Care Residency requires that RN's have a demonstrated history of working in a critical care environment. The requirements are set below.

At least 4 months of experience as a Nursing Assistant in a critical care environment.
Completed a Senior Practicum in a critical care setting
A critical care rotation in an acute care facility (hospital setting)

Volunteer community service in a health related capacity
Basic computer proficiency inclusive of ability to access, enter, and interpret computerized data/information
Effective interpersonal skills to facilitate communication with various members of the health care team, patients, and families
Organizational skills to set priorities and efficiently complete assigned work
Multilingual skills (beyond that of English) in languages appropriate to the patient populations served by the Medical Center preferred
Relevant clinical experience and/or specialty, certification preferred for certain practice areas
Analytical ability to solve clinical nursing issues and conduct quality improvement projects