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Our Graduate RN Residency Program is a 12-month program that requires a 36-month post-hire date work commitment. The program is 12 months in length, 36 hours per week made up of 8 hour shifts and class room time. The blended programming includes interactive classroom time and clinical learning with a Preceptor on assigned med-surg unit for the first 12 weeks with an additional 6-week orientation on sister med-surg units. Following successful completion of the orientation period Nurse Residents will transition to their staff position. Professional development opportunities will be provided to Nurse Residents for the remainder of the one-year period through seminars, simulations, and monthly check-in meetings with Clinical Coaches and Educators. Program components focus on building the competencies critical to nursing practice: clinical judgment, collaboration, caring practices, systems thinking, facilitator of learning, advocacy and moral agency, and response to diversity.

To become eligible, you must:

  1. Have a BSN or must obtain within 5 years of hire. Proof of enrollment in an accredited program is required within 6 months of completing residency program.
  2. Prior to your start date, you will need to bring your final transcript or a letter from your college, stating that you graduated in good standing with the date of your graduation, to your talent acquisition specialist. Your talent acquisition specialist will retain a copy of your transcript or letter from your school for your employee file and forward a copy to Barbara Macdonald, exec. secretary, nursing administration.
  3. Have certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support upon hire or receive certification within the new employee introductory orientation period and maintain clinical competency during employment with ECHN in this role.
  4. Have two letters of recommendation from Clinical Instructors.
  5. Have a current licensure in the state of Connecticut. When you receive your date to take the NCLEX exam, immediately notify your manager and Barbara Macdonald at ext. 4720 or via email at bmacdonald@echn.org. To apply for your CT State RN license, visit www.ct.gov.
  6. Once you receive notification that you passed your NCLEX exam and you receive your license, you MUST bring the employer’s copy to Barbara Macdonald. She will in turn notify the Talent Acquisition Specialist so that your status can be updated to reflect “Registered Nurse.”
  7. If you do not receive your license in a timely manner, call the Department of Public Health to be sure you have received all the necessary documentation, as they will NOT notify you – you are responsible to make sure they have all the necessary information.
  8. Proof of CT RN licensure must be received within 90 days of your graduation date to remain in a RN position.

Eastern Connecticut Health Network is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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