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The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Care New England Residency Program for New Graduate Home Health Nurses is an exciting opportunity for motivated individuals who are passionate about community-based nursing.

The VNA of Care New England has been dedicated to providing home-based care for Rhode Islanders since 1908. As this commitment continues to grow, this one-year nurse residency program was created to enhance the quality of nurses entering home care and, therefore, improve the care our patients receive. By pairing new nurse residents with an experienced mentor, they receive the support and guidance needed to meet the challenges of the first year in practice. It will ensure new nurses are ready to be independent, safe clinicians.

Residency Overview

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Care New England Residency Program for New Graduate Home Health Nurses is an exciting opportunity for motivated individuals who are passionate about community-based nursing.

The VNA of Care New England has been dedicated to providing home-based care for Rhode Islanders since 1908. As this commitment continues to grow, this one-year nurse residency program was created to enhance the quality of nurses entering home care and, therefore, improve the care our patients receive. By pairing new nurse residents with an experienced mentor, they receive the support and guidance needed to meet the challenges of the first year in practice. It will ensure new nurses are ready to be independent, safe clinicians.

The VNA of Care New England is a non-profit, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified visiting nurse, home health care and hospice agency accredited by the Joint Commission.

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Program Breakdown

  • Phase I (0 to 3 months) - Focus on orienting to the agency and care of the home care patient.
  • Phase II (4 to 6 months) - Focus on managing a caseload as a team.
  • Phase III (7 to 12 months) - Focus on becoming independent case managers and developing professionally.

The curriculum is threaded throughout all phases of the residency program and includes topics such as:

  • Wound and ostomy care.
  • Chronic disease management.
  • Safe patient handling.
  • Palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Diabetes education.
  • Integrated case management.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Leadership.
  • Communication.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Evidence-based practice.

Application Process

If If you are looking to jump-start your nursing career, we encourage you to apply for the VNA of Care New England’s Residency Program for New Graduate Home Health Nurses. Eligible candidates must submit an online application to the position titled RN (New Graduates) by April 30, 2017. For additional questions, please contact Lisa DiMaria, nurse residency manager, VNA of Care New England, at (401) 921-8842 or Ldimaria@carene.org. All applications must include the documentation listed below.

  • Personal statement that describes "Why you want to be a home health nurse?" and "What qualities you possess that will make you a good home health nurse?"
  • Resume with clinical information and experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a clinical instructor.
  • Educational transcripts (unofficial).
  • Nursing license, if available (required prior to July 31, 2017).