The Nursing Orientation Program provides the newly hired nurses an introduction to BWH clinical resources, patient care technology and policies that supports nursing practice at BWH. Two distinct tracts are offered to new hires:
The Nora McDonough Newly Licensed Nurse Residency Program (NRP) includes a 12 month precepted clinical orientation experience in addition to weekly coaching, performance review, monthly seminars, participation in an evidenced-based project and opportunity for peer support and socialization throughout the year as the new licensed nurse transitions into their first professional role.
Newly hired experienced nurses participate in a precepted clinical orientation that meets their individualized needs. Orientation includes hybrid learning such as classroom and computer based education as well as opportunity for hands on experience with common clinical equipment.
Professional development for nurses at all levels of practice includes classroom instruction, clinical work, e-learning strategies, and simulation technology. BWH Nurses have multiple opportunities to attend workshops and programs that are developed for and by BWH Nurses. Nursing Grand Rounds is a weekly forum that provides nursing staff and leadership the opportunity to develop professional presentation skills while sharing current unit initiatives. Academic and professional advancement is supported through the partnering of BWH with local colleges that offer onsite courses at BWH, leading to advanced degrees in nursing.