The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Care New England Residency Program for New Graduate Home Health and Hospice Nurses is an exciting opportunity for motivated individuals who are passionate about community-based or hospice nursing.

The VNA of Care New England has been dedicated to providing home-based care for Rhode Islanders since 1908. As this commitment continues to grow, this one-year nurse residency program was created to enhance the quality of nurses entering home care and, therefore, improve the care our patients receive. By pairing new nurse residents with an experienced mentor, they receive the support and guidance needed to meet the challenges of the first year in practice. It will ensure new nurses are ready to be independent, safe clinicians.

Residency Overview

Residents spend one year in length with a dedicated preceptor. Initially, the preceptor exposes new graduates to home care through supervised visits, providing ongoing support and mentorship as participants progress through the residency. The typical day of a nurse resident consists of morning report, planned education, patient visits, and visit debriefing. The combination of practical application, educational opportunities, and peer support are integral in making the transition from new graduate to competent nurse. Nurse residents have the option for further training in palliative and hospice care upon completion of the residency.

The Residency Program for New Graduate Home Health and Hospice Nurses targets recent graduates with less than one year of nursing experience who are preferably bachelor’s prepared and have passed the RN NCLEX exam. Applicants must be willing to work full-time and be independent, critical thinkers. At the VNA, our nurses use a holistic approach to address the challenges faced by Rhode Islanders today. A love of community health is a must for working in this field.