The Johns Hopkins Nurse Residency Program

What is the Johns Hopkins Nurse Residency Program?

A 12-month, comprehensive transition-to-practice program, aligned with Vizient/AACN and the JH nursing strategic priorities, to deliver an evidence-based curriculum and facilitate the professional development and socialization of the new graduate nurse.

Whom do we serve?

  • New graduate nurses with six months or less of experience.
  • Annual hires of approximately 600 new graduate nurses
    • NRP cohorts occur monthly.
    • New graduate nurses are automatically enrolled in NRP when they start working at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
    • No additional application or interview required.

How do we support new graduate nurses?

  • Facilitate NRP class days using adult learning principles and techniques.
  • Provide cohort experience to promote peer and professional socialization.
  • Round on units and meet with nurse residents to provide individualized support.
  • Collaborate with unit leadership and nurse recruitment to optimize orientation experience.
  • Attend meetings related to nurse resident's progress and challenges.

About Us

Who is the NRP team?

A team of master’s-prepared nurse educators committed to offering individualized support and guidance to new graduate nurses in collaboration with preceptors and unit-based leadership.

Contact us at [email protected].

Why a Nurse Residency Program?


“In 2002, the Joint Commission recommended the development of nurse residency programs—planned, comprehensive periods of time during which nursing graduates can acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver safe, quality care that meets defined (organization or professional society) standards of practice.”

IOM Recommendation 3: Implement nurse residency programs. “State boards of nursing, accrediting bodies, the federal government, and health care organizations should take actions to support nurses’ completion of a transition-to-practice program (nurse residency) after they have completed a prelicensure or advanced practice degree program or when they are transitioning into new clinical practice areas.”

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Classes and Curriculum

When do we meet?

Our interactive classes are strategically placed throughout the year to meet the needs of new graduates.

Curriculum threads include:



  • Communication
  • Delegation
  • Professional Development

Professional Role

  • Ethical Decision Making
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Diversity
  • Self-Care and Resiliency
  • Professionalism

Patient Outcomes

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Patient Safety
  • Simulation on Emergency Management & De-Escalation
  • Time Management and Prioritization

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