Nurse Residency Program

New graduate nurses welcome! Come join our nursing team. We are offering a year-long transition to practice residency program that supports professional development of new graduate nurses entering home care practice.
The Nurse Residency Program incorporates:
- Workshop sessions with curriculum content
- Active hands-on practice with an experienced preceptor
- Mentored problem solving with managing complex clients

Initially, the preceptor exposes new graduates to home care through supervised visits, providing ongoing support and mentorship as participants' progress through the residency. This combination of practical application, educational opportunities, and peer support facilitate the transition from new graduate to competent professional nurse over the course of a 12-month period.

For additional information about the Nurse Residency Program, please contact Human Resources at (603) 224-4093. 


The Benefits of Working in Home Health Care

- Caring for a wide range of patients who have complex care needs
- Providing attentive one-on-one patient care in your community
- Providing high quality, skilled nursing care
- Opportunity for personal and professional growth
- Peer to peer collaborative relationships

Program Description

The Nurse Residency Program is a year-long transition to practice program that serves as a bridge to support and enhance the professional development of new graduate nurses entering home care practice. 

We value and respect each new graduate and tailor learning to the individual nurse resident. Working with a trained preceptor, new graduate nurses gain valuable experience from:
- An in-depth understanding of your role through exposure to everyday hands-on practice
- Managing complex patients with skilled nursing care including:
   - VAC therapy
   - Venipuncture
   - Complete wound care
   - PleurX catheter
   - Managing central/peripheral lines
   - Tube feedings
   - Chronic disease management
   - Physical assessment
- Development of critical thinking skills
- Managing complex patients through professional nurturance and mentorship
- Ongoing education and training

The purpose of the program is to promote the development of competency and role transition, supporting the resident professionally, emotionally, and socially during the first year of nursing practice. 

The Nurse Residency Program builds on the knowledge with ongoing education and training to acquire skills to:
- Transition from basic to complex care
- Enhance competence and confidence
- Deepen critical thinking and clinical reasoning
- Provide safe patient care

During your first three months:
You will focus on orienting to the agency and application of evidence-based knowledge and skilled nursing care of the patient in the home setting.

During months four through six:
You will focus on managing a caseload as a team member coordinating the delivery of care and gradually assuming the duties and responsibilities of the nurse role under the direction and guidance of a preceptor.

During months seven through 12: 
You will focus on becoming independent case managers providing complex disease management and promoting outcomes of care.

Core Residency Curriculum

- Hands on clinical practice with field expert nurse preceptor
- Frequent support and contact with Education Directors, Coordinators, Residency Program Nurse Educator, and leadership
- Personal goal setting to maximize the clinical learning experience with regular meetings to evaluate goals and progress

Throughout each program step, curriculum content is incorporated into the Residency Program. The core competencies of the curriculum include:
- Patient and family-centered care
- Evidence-based practice
- Quality improvement
- Critical thinking and reasoning
- Chronic disease management
- Care transitions and coordination
- Patient care preferences
- Time management, prioritization, and delegation
- Professional role and interprofessional/team communication as well as accountability

Application Process

Eligible candidates must apply online. All applications must include the documentation listed below:
- Personal statement on why you want to be a home health nurse and the specific qualities you possess to be a good nurse
- Formal cover letter and resume with clinical information and experience
- Two letters of recommendation from a clinical professor instructor and nursing faculty
- Educational transcripts

Supporting documentation can be attached through the online application, faxed to (603) 227-7523, or e-mailed to