The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Care New England Residency Program for New Graduate Home Health and Hospice Nurses is an exciting opportunity for motivated individuals who are passionate about community-based or hospice 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.
Residents spend one year in length with a dedicated preceptor.
Initially, the preceptor exposes new graduates to home care through
supervised visits, providing ongoing support and mentorship as
participants progress through the residency. The typical day of a nurse
resident consists of morning report, planned education, patient visits,
and visit debriefing. The combination of practical application,
educational opportunities, and peer support are integral in making the
transition from new graduate to competent nurse. Nurse residents have
the option for further training in palliative and hospice care upon
completion of the residency.
- 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) - Focuses on becoming independent case managers and developing professionally.
- Wound and ostomy care
- Chronic illness management
- Safe patient handling
- Diabetes education
- Integrated care management
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Critical thinking
- Evidence-based practice
- Palliative Care
- End-of-life discussions
If you are highly motivated and have an interest in community
nursing, we encourage you to apply for the VNA of Care New England’s
Residency Program. Eligible candidates must submit an online application
to the position titled RN Resident Home Care.
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 or proof of appointment to sit for NCLEX.
About the VNA of Care New England
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. Since 1908, the VNA of Care New England has been a trusted community resource, providing Rhode Islanders with quality health care in their homes. Serving adults and the elderly, the VNA offers a comprehensive line of cardiac, pulmonary, rehabilitative, palliative care and hospice. Employees include registered nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, home health aides, nutritionists, a respiratory therapist, medical director, and chaplains. VNA of Care New England affiliate, HealthTouch, Inc., is a private pay, home care agency, dedicated to helping individuals to remain living safely and independently in their homes.
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