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.
The year-long program is grounded in Benner's conceptual framework: 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.
Brigham nurses and nurse leaders discuss the Nurse Residency Program with President Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, in this video.
Unit-based orientation supported by dedicated, trained preceptors
The opportunity to gain clinical practice experience in a supportive learning environment
Structured 4-hour monthly educational seminars designed to develop clinical reasoning and competence in practice through didactic presentations, facilitated small group discussion, and simulation-based learning
Mentored clinical relationships with expert facilitators
Membership in a supportive cohort that allows for professional growth in a safe, protected environment
Goals for Nurse Residents
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
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing
Current, unencumbered license to practice nursing in Massachusetts
There is no application process all newly licensed nurses hired to work at Brigham & Women’s Hospital are welcomed into a nurse residency cohort