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Nurse Residency Program for Newly Licensed RNs

Howard County General Hospital

You made it through nursing school. You passed your NCLEX. Now what?

Start your registered nursing career at Howard County General Hospital!
HCGH began offering a transition to nursing practice program in 2005, and ever since then the program has continued to grow and develop alongside the nursing research. In 2017 we partnered with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program (NRP) to guide new graduate nurses during their first year of practice to become leaders at the bedside.

Located in beautiful Columbia, Maryland, HCGH combines the convenience of a full range of hospital and wellness services with award-winning clinical excellence and membership in the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Health System.

Our Nurse Residency Program

The 12-month program is composed of two parts:
  • Clinical orientation: Our unit orientation pathways ease the transition from recent student to practicing nurse. New nurses develop clinical skills during a tiered transition to independent practice.  
  • Professional development coaching: During the first year, nurse residents attend monthly seminars designed to grow them into clinical leaders. Seminar topics are planned to complement clinical learning and practice needs.
HCGH starts 3 NRP Cohorts per year in two waves: Spring Cohort (starts February/March), Summer Cohort (starts July/August), and Fall Cohort (starts September/October). Our NRP leaders actively participate in the Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative, a partnership with other Maryland acute care hospitals focused on promoting best evidence on transition to nursing practice.

Program Overview

Why Our Team Loves HCGH


Your Experience

To support your career growth, nurse residents will:

  • Complete a progressive orientation individualized to your learning needs;
  • Attend monthly professional development seminars with other residents in your cohort;
  • Receive guidance from dedicated preceptors, nurse educators, and unit leaders;
  • Have access to a dedicated NRP mentor who will regularly check-in to discuss your needs;
  • Participate in structured clinical reflection with other residents and staff facilitators;
  • Work through an EBP case study and make recommendations for practice; and,
  • Be recognized at a program graduation attended by leaders throughout the hospital.

All nurse residents also have access to our competitive benefits package.

How to Join Our Team

One common application for all NRP positions is posted 2-3 months in advance of each cohort’s start date. Once your application has been reviewed, a recruiter will be in touch to discuss your unit of interest. Possible department placements change with each cohort and may include med-surg (stroke, oncology, orthopedics), telemetry, special care unit, ICU, psychiatry, emergency department, observation unit, labor and delivery, maternal child unit, NICU, pediatrics, operating room, and PACU.
Qualified nurse residency program applicants will have less than one year of acute care hospital experience. Nurse residents will have obtained their RN license prior to their first day of work.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Julie Rehbein, Senior Talent Acquisition Recruiter at [email protected]. For questions about the program, please contact Stephanie Al-Adhami (below):

Stephanie Al-Adhami

Stephanie Al-Adhami, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CAPA
Nurse Residency Program Manager
[email protected]
443-718-3216 (office)
667-284-2641 (cell)
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