Nurse Residency Program

The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Nurse Residency Program offers newly licensed Registered Nurses and nurses with less than one year of experience the best possible start for their nursing career. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX, nurses may begin their career at DHMC, an academic medical center and Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center located in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Our year-long, paid, comprehensive Nurse Residency Program promotes critical thinking, clinical skills and leadership abilities to offer education, support and mentorship during the transition from student nurse to acute care professional nurse. Nurse residents participate in educational and professional development sessions with their nurse resident cohort before completing the Nurse Residency Program and transitioning into a clinical nurse role, with a generous pay increase, on or before their one year anniversary of hire.

DHMC's Nurse Residency Program includes:

  • A general orientation focused on the nursing skills, behaviors and knowledge required to provide high-quality patient care in our academic, acute care environment.
  • Unit-based clinical experiences with the guidance of a trained preceptor.
  • Ten-to-18 weeks of specialty training using a variety of adult learning principles. Trainings deliver the content and experiences new nurses need to excel in today’s health care environment.
  • Simulation experiences in our state-of-the-art Simulation Center. This provides a safe learning environment for nurse residents to strengthen their assessment, critical thinking, communication and technical skills.

Additional Nurse Residency Program activities and benefits:

  • Skills assessment and competency verification.
  • Orientation to our electronic health record, eD-H (Epic).
  • Skills labs to provide hands-on experience with equipment.
  • eLearning modules.
  • Lively discussions on clinical topics and situations.
  • Exposure to the many opportunities available to DHMC and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics nurses.
  • Information about the community DHMC and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics serves.
  • Details on available professional and personal development resources.

DHMC's Nurse Residency Program is available in:

  • Select inpatient units – med/surg, intermediate, critical care
  • Select perioperative/procedural care areas

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate from an accredited nursing degree program required.
  • For newly licensed nurses, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) or Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) is required.  

Required Licensure/Certification Skills:

  • Registered Nurse license in New Hampshire required.   
  • Basic life support (BLS) certificate required.

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