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 The Kent Hospital Graduate Nurse Residency Program is a 1-year opportunity for a new graduate nurses which enables them the opportunity to grow professionally while continuing to learn in an interactive and simulation-based classroom environment as well as hands-on clinical experience. The program incorporates each nurse’s unique clinical and professional development needs with continuous support and regular meetings with the Professional Practice Coordinator from the Education Department.


The Graduate Nurse Residency Program has these essential components:

Core Residency Curriculum (6 months)
  • 8 Hours of dedicated bi-weekly classroom learning, which incorporates case studies, simulation training, and reviews of real-life clinical experiences. This enables new nurses to learn in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Ongoing review of progress towards goals, which are individualized, unit-based, and specific to each care area.
  • Regular monthly meetings with the Professional Practice Coordinator and the unit based Nurse Director evaluating overall progress.

Clinically Based Residency Days

  • Pairing with a dedicated unit-based nursing preceptor for 3-week rotations to provide support and learning while experiencing different patient care populations.
Skills Acquisition
  • Encouragement and support while progressing through the stages of nursing from novice to expert with a focus on improving confidence, efficiency with attention to patient safety and satisfaction.

Critical Thinking

  • Participate in simulation activities practicing rapid assessment and intervention techniques, evaluation of critical patients and interdisciplinary collaboration between members of the health care team.

Patient Safety and the Patient Experience

  • Focus on a Relationship Based Care model of patient care delivery to improve patient satisfaction and reduce adverse safety event.
  • Develop Communication skills and conflict management techniques.

Upon completion of the Kent Hospital Graduate Nurse Residency Program, you will be well prepared to be an integral part of the nursing team. Positions available for the Nurse Residency program on MedSurg Units and in the Float Pool.

If interested in applying for a position in our upcoming graduate nurse program, please send an updated resume with letters of recommendation to

Kent Hospital, located in Warwick, Rhode Island, provides high quality, compassionate and personalized health care delivered in an interdisciplinary model that involves all members of the health care team.

The Kent Medical Staff represents more than 30 specialty areas. Their credentials include training in leading educational and medical institutions worldwide. The hospital's care team includes more than 2,300 nurses, technical professionals and support staff.

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