Hospice Nurse Residency Program
Care Dimensions' innovative nurse residency program introduces new nursing graduates and experienced nurses to the field of hospice and palliative care. Nurses develop their hospice expertise through a combination of classroom education, field visits and patient care with the mentorship of a preceptor. Read more about the 2015 inaugural class of field-based nurse residents in this article from Advance for Nurses.
The next class begins September 13, 2021. Other key dates:
- Applications will be accepted from March 8 to May 3, 2021.
- Interviews will be scheduled on May 13 and May 14, 2021.
- Notification of acceptance is June 1, 2021.
- New nursing graduates will have a six-month residency.
- Experienced nurses will have a three-month residency.
- Curriculum includes virtual and in-person classroom lectures (in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines), simulated patient care scenarios, field observations and guided mentorship by a dedicated preceptor. Classroom training will be based out of our Danvers and Waltham offices.
- Nurse residents will be employed at Care Dimensions during the residency and with successful completion of the residency, offered a full-time position in Case Management. Following the residency, a commitment to work full-time for two years is expected for all nurse residents.
- All nurse residents will be eligible to sit for national certification in hospice and palliative care (CHPN) prior to the end of their two-year commitment.
A Graduate's Perspective on the Hospice Nurse Residency Program
"Hospice nursing is very specialized and it’s hard to gain that experience coming straight out of school. The nurse residency program is allowing me to learn all the different aspects of managing the care of a patient by working with each interdisciplinary team member.
In addition, I’m part of a great peer group so we can learn from each other, ask questions and get support from our preceptors, while working with patients and gradually building up our case load. There’s no other program out there like this that would give me the opportunity to develop the case management and communication skills that are needed to succeed."
—Erin Dunphy, Nurse Resident. Read Erin's blog about her experiences in the program.