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Nurse Residency Program

The Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) Nurse Residency Program is committed to transitioning newly licensed nurses successfully in the organization.

The Nurse Residency Program is designed to help newly licensed nurses navigate the role of RN while delivering safe, effective, and quality patient care. Through the year-long program, newly licensed RNs are provided structured, innovative learning opportunities to improve patient outcomes, enhance their leadership skills, and build their professional development portfolio. The year-long curriculum brings together the newly licensed nurses across the organization to build a peer networking community and foster an environment of nursing excellence.

Application Process
All interested candidates for the residency program must submit the following information to be considered for the program:

  • Online application
  • Updated resume
  • Either an Official, or unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from Clinical Instructors
  • Must successfully pass NCLEX prior to start of Program

Preceptor Program

ECHN’s Preceptor Development Program is committed to ensuring that Registered Nurses are provided an excellent orientation program to all new hires in the organization. Effective and ongoing preceptor programs are the backbone to a strong onboarding and orientation experience.

Our nurse preceptors are trained using an evidence-based curriculum, and are afforded ongoing professional development opportunities which include providing constructive feedback, precepting across the generations, and using innovative strategies to build critical thinking in the new Registered Nurse.


ECHN is committed to ensuring high quality education to staff at the point of service. Healthstream is the leading learning management system of online learning opportunities designed specifically for healthcare.
This platform allows for all nurses to complete mandatory learning and ongoing professional development at their own convenience.

Clinical Educational Program

ECHN is committed to providing clinical experiences for local schools and colleges of nursing and foster an environment of learning for students. Student nurses are welcomed on specialty and general medical/surgical floors to gain experience in delivering safe and effective patient care in a supervised learning environment. As a clinical site, students will experience true-to-life experiences across the continuum of care.

Nursing Leadership Development

The Nurse Leader Academy is committed to developing nurse leaders at all levels of our organization.

Nurse Manager Leader Development Forum
Nursing Managers and Directors have the opportunity to meet, collaborate with, and grow with other Nurse Managers and Nurse Directors from across 10 hospitals in 4 states during our 2-Day Nurse Manager Leader Development (NMLD) forum. The NMLD forum provides learning opportunities in quality, patient safety, organizational change, finance, employee engagement, patient experience, emotional intelligence and much more. In addition, Nurse Leaders participate in a panel discussion with healthcare executives from across multiple disciplines and from Prospect Medical in order to learn and grow together.

Nurse Leader Development Series
The Nurse Leader Development Webinar series allows all Nurse Leaders to select the webinar day any time that best fits their schedule and from their computer learn about relevant issues facing Nurse Leaders today. One contact hour is provided for every webinar attended. Examples of webinar topics have included: Tackling Incivility, Nurse Well Being: The Ten Things Every Nurse Leader Should Know, Recruitment and Retention of the Millennial Generation.