The nurse residency program is a 12-month cohort learning experience for all new registered nurses hired at Johns Hopkins Bayview. The Medical Center launches two programs each year: one in the winter and one in the fall, to coordinate with graduations.
Cohorts typically have between 40 and 50 new nurses in each program, which includes four hours of classroom instruction per month and culminates in a group evidence-based practice project.
With the approval of their clinical nurse specialist or a patient care manager, new nurses will work with peers from different units to research and present an evidence-based practice or quality improvement project at the end of their program.
As do all hospitals in Maryland, the nurse residency program uses a curriculum from Vizient, “designed to help decrease the nurse turnover rate, improve decision-making skills, enhance clinical nursing leadership practices and promote the incorporation of research-based evidence into practice.” (www.vizientinc.com)