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New Nurse Residency Program

Lawrence General Hospital is committed to providing a comprehensive New Nurse Residency Program to graduate nurses. This unique program is designed to provide all-encompassing clinical exposure in an acute care setting for registered nurses with one year of experience or less.
 Applicants are hired into this program as full-time clinicians on a monthly basis.

For more information on the New Nurse Residency Program, contact:

Carolyn Colberg, Director of Human Resources
Russell Martin, Director Clinical Resources
Nurse Residency Program

  • Coordinated by the Professional Development New Grad Program Coordinator, with support from unit-specific educators
  • Designed to provide classroom, simulation, and clinical education aimed at assisting the new graduate nurse with transitioning from a student to a competent nurse, able to provide high quality, safe care to our patients
  • Based on Patricia Benner’s novice to expert educational model
  • The new nurse remains in the program for a 12-month period, working on professional growth through education, feedback, and reflection
  • Involvement in the Preceptor Program

Curriculum includes:

  • New Grad Council (provides additional learning opportunities and peer support)
  • Generic Educator Day (concentrates on knowledge and skills needed by all new grads)
  • Unit-specific classes (provides knowledge and skills needed to care for patients on specific units, for example: surgical, cardiac, and dialysis patients)
  • Training class on placing IVs and skills needed to care for central lines
  • Training class on caring for patients with wounds
  • Trainings by Professional Development Specialists and other members of the Lawrence General family. Includes but is not limited to:
    • Time Management; Prioritization; Communication Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Generational Differences; Elder Care
    • How to handle being part of a medical emergency
    • Spiritual Care by our hospital clergy
    • Addiction with our Behavioral Health Addiction Specialist
    • Abuse and Trauma-Informed Care
  • Additional education sessions by specialists from our various departments including respiratory, behavioral health, laboratory/blood bank, social work, case management, and many others
  • Trainings by outside resources - includes but is not limited to:
    • Tissue Donation with staff from the New England Donor Services
    • Palliative Care and Hospice with staff from Merrimack Valley Hospice
  • Shadowing in various departments based on the new grad’s home unit. (For example: new nurse on a surgical unit will go to surgical services; new nurse from telemetry will go to the Cardiac Cath Lab)

Nurse Residency Program Application Information

  • Designed for nurses with one year of experience or less
  • Required to be a graduate from an accredited nursing program with an ADN or BSN 
  • Required to have a valid Massachusetts RN license at the start of the program
  • Potential candidates are screened for hire each month
  • New grads are hired primarily onto the Medical/Surgical and Telemetry units, with occasional opportunities in our specialty and critical care departments


  • Committed to well-being of patients; shows compassion for patients and families
  • Collaborative environment with shared goals
  • Culturally diverse
  • Great place for self-starters, staff encouraged to take initiative


  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance for employees working 24+ hours
  • Up to 9 holidays/year
  • On-site parking
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Robust Employee Assistance Program with a strong focus on employee wellness
  • 403(b) retirement savings account
  • Flexible spending account for dependent care and medical expenses
  • Life insurance
  • Discounts to local gyms & theme parks
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Auto/Home insurance
  • Pet insurance