Hospice Nurse Residency Program
Care Dimensions' innovative nurse residency program introduces 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 under a preceptor. Read more about the classes in 2015 of field-based nurse residents in this article from Advance for Nurses.
Applications for the 2017 class are now closed. Graduates will work at our new Greater Boston Hospice House in Lincoln, which will open in early 2018.
- Nurses will have a three-month residency.
- Curriculum includes classroom lectures, simulated patient care scenarios, field observations and guided mentorship by a dedicated preceptor. Classroom training will be based primarily in our Waltham office, but clinical training will occur at our Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers and throughout our North Shore and Greater Boston service area.
- 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 staff nurse at our new Greater Boston Hospice House on the Lincoln/Waltham line.
- 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.