Nurses choose to work at ECHN for a variety of reasons, but they stay for the culture of teamwork emphasized at our hospitals. Our nurses collaborate with all disciplines of the healthcare team to support a culture of safety. We help each other perform at their individual best so care remains patient-centered and outcome focused.
Because our nurses are integral to our patient care, we have instilled a culture of safety. In fact, we are in the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety Excellence. This means our nurses work in an environment that is safe for themselves and our patients.
If you are caring and compassionate and are interested in joining our team of dedicated, professional nurses, we’d love to welcome you to Eastern Connecticut Health Network where our goal is to provide quality, compassionate, accessible care to everyone.
Why Nurses choose to work at ECHN:
- Competitive pay and sign-on bonuses
- Medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits
- Long- and short-term disability
- Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
- Online learning and career advancement through HealthStream
- Advancement opportunities
If you would like to make a difference in patient care, are community-oriented and are looking for an opportunity to advance your career, consider Eastern Connecticut Health Network.
ECHN Graduate Nurse Program
The Graduate Registered Nurse Residency Program is designed to transition newly graduated Registered Nurses from students to safe, competent, and professional practitioners. This 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.
- New Graduate RN Residency Program. BSN required or must obtain within 5 years of hire. Proof of enrollment in an accredited program is required within 6 months of completing residency program.
- Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing.
- Current licensure in the state of Connecticut.
- Must 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.
- Two letters of recommendation from Clinical Instructors.
Our Journey to Create a Culture of Safety
ECHN is committed to be a High Reliability Organization, which means we continuously work together to improve patient outcomes and provide a safe environment for our patients. We foster a culture of safety in our hospital by following and monitoring our quality and safety practices and continuously seek ways to improve care.