Nurse Residency Program

ANCC Accredited PTAP LogoConnecticut Children’s Nurse Residency Program provides a supportive environment for newly licensed nurses with less than one year of experience transitioning from the academic setting to professional nursing practice. The 12-month program has two cohorts per year and supports the development of clinical skills with a focus on communication, time management, delegation, critical thinking, stress management, self-care and evidence-based practice. Our residency program is accredited by the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) through its Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP)


  • All new graduate nurses and nurses with less than 12 months of experience hired into a Registered Nurse position at Connecticut Children’s participate in the Nurse Residency Program. See the Nursing Careers page for available positions. New graduate nurses can apply before graduation and passing NCLEX. Application to the “New Graduate Staff Nurse Positions” and individual department specific nurse positions is encouraged.
  • There is no specific Nurse Residency application process.

Nurse residents

Goals of Nurse Residency

  • Enhance self-confidence and feelings of competency in the new nurse
  • Strengthen the new nurse’s commitment to nursing
  • Identify and address individual learning needs to supplement unit-based learning
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice linked to patient safety, team member satisfaction and family-centered care
  • Mentor novice nurses in the areas of delegation, stress management, time management, critical thinking and self-care practices
  • Enhance clinical skill development
  • Provide simulation experiences
  • Discuss opportunities for clinical advancement and professional development

Nurse Residency Outcomes

  • Complete and implement an evidence-based practice project
  • Develop a peer support network
  • Increased confidence in clinical practice as evidenced by Casey-Fink Survey

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the Nurse Residency Program, contact Connecticut Children’s Learning and Performance team

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