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Nora McDonough Nurse Residency Program

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Nursing is committed to providing comprehensive support for our nurse residents as they begin their careers and advance their practice.

The Nora McDonough Nurse Residency Program, in partnership with the nationally recognized Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, focuses on three critical areas: leadership, patient outcomes and professional role. The evidence-based curriculum contains classroom learning and clinical experience that is designed to effectively transition nurse residents into the nursing practice environment during their first year and to become leaders at the point of care.

Our program provides the following benefits:

  • Guidance from dedicated, trained preceptors
  • Mentored clinical relationships with expert facilitators
  • Structured 4-hour monthly educational seminars designed to develop clinical reasoning and competence in practice
  • Membership in a supportive cohort that allows for professional growth in a safe, protected environment
  • The opportunity to gain clinical practice experience in a supportive learning environment

Our goals for nurse residents include the following:

  • Transitioning from an advanced beginner nurse to competent professional nurse
  • Further developing effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance
  • Strengthening your commitment to the profession of nursing
  • Incorporating research-based evidence into the care you provide and linking this to practice outcomes
  • Completing an evidence-based practice project

The year-long program follows Benner’s work, “From Novice to Expert,” with a focus on enhancing participants’ knowledge, leadership skills and ability to analyze and use evidence and application of outcomes data to improve patient outcomes.

For more information, email BWHNLNProgram@bwh.harvard.edu or call 617-525-8485.

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