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Rhode Island Hospital Nurse Residency Program

Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program

Rhode Island Hospital has aligned with the nation’s top residency curriculum (Vizient/AACN) to offer a robust one-year nurse residency program to all new graduate nurses. This program focuses on three critical areas: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional role. 

Rhode Island Hospital Nurses

What Is a Nurse Residency Program?

Nurse residency programs support a successful transition from academia to practice for new graduate nurses. Our program offers a robust, evidenced based curriculum facilitated by a team of experts. 

Benefits of the Program

  • Support and guidance to assist nurse residents in building clinical relationships and developing professionally as an independent nurse. 
  • Educational experiences structured to help nurse residents develop competence in clinical nursing practice.
  • A supportive cohort that allows for professional growth in a learning environment. 
  • Diverse learning opportunities such as classroom training and simulation.
  • Debrief sessions to address successes, problems, and/or challenges identified in the transition of nurse residents into the professional role.

Goals for the Nurse Residents

  • Transitioning from a novice nurse to competent professional nurse.
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  • Strengthening your commitment to the profession of nursing.
  • Completing an evidence-based practice project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate from an accredited nursing program.
  • Baccalaureate or associates nursing degree. 
  • Current Rhode Island Nursing License.
  • Less than 12 months of acute care nursing experience.
Nurses at Rhode Island Hospital

Contact the Nursing Residency Program

For more information about the Rhode Island Hospital Nursing Residency Program, contact rihNurseResidency@