Nurse Residency


Hospice Nurse Residency Program

In 2015, Care Dimensions launched an innovative nurse residency program to introduce nurses to the field of hospice and palliative care. Developed in partnership with Regis College’s Nursing Program and funded in part by a Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund Training Grant, the program was offered to two classes of new nursing school graduates and experienced nurses new to hospice. The residency offered nurses the opportunity to develop their hospice expertise through a combination of didactic training, mentorship and a controlled case load of patients. Read more about the program in this article from Advance for Nurses.

With the conclusion of the grant project, Care Dimensions has used the insights gained to remodel and expand its clinical orientation program for all newly-hired nurses. In addition, in keeping with a commitment to attract new nursing graduates (within last two years) to the field of hospice nursing, a hospice nurse residency class will be offered in the fall of 2017.

Program details:
  • Open to new nursing graduates (within last two years) who are new to the field of hospice and palliative care.
  • New graduates must have passed the NCLEX exam prior to start date of residency.
  • New graduates will have a six month residency.
  • Curriculum includes classroom lectures, simulated patient care scenarios, field observations and guided mentorship by a dedicated preceptor.
  • Nurse residents will be employed at Care Dimensions during the residency and upon successful completion of the residency, offered a full-time position as a primary nurse case manager. 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.

If you have any questions about this program, please email Karen Curtin, Employment Manager.

A New 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.


Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.