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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

The residency program is one year in length, beginning each September, with a dedicated preceptor for every six new graduates hired. Initially, the preceptor exposes new graduates to home care through supervised visits, providing ongoing support and mentorship as participants progress through the residency. Two positions are available for new graduates interested in palliative care and hospice care. 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.

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.

The VNA of Care New England is a non-profit, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified visiting nurse, home health care and hospice agency accredited by the Joint Commission.

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Program Breakdown

  • Phase I (0 to 3 months) - Focus on orienting to the agency and care of the home care patient.
  • Phase II (4 to 6 months) - Focus on managing a caseload as a team.
  • Phase III (7 to 12 months) - Focuses on becoming independent case managers and developing professionally.

The curriculum is threaded throughout all phases of the residency program and includes topics such as:

  • Wound and ostomy care
  • Chronic illness management
  • Safe patient handling
  • Diabetes education
  • Integrated case management
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Palliative care
  • End of life discussions
  • Hospice

Application Process

If If you are looking to jump-start your nursing career, we encourage you to apply for the VNA of Care New England’s Residency Program for New Graduate Home Health and Hospice Nurses. Eligible candidates must submit an online application to the position titled RN (New Graduates) by May 31, 2019.

For additional questions, please contact Lisa DiMaria, nurse residency manager, VNA of Care New England, at (401) 921-8842 or Ldimaria@carene.org. All applications must include the documentation listed below.

  • Personal statement that describes "Why you want to be a home health nurse?" and "What qualities you possess that will make you a good home health nurse?"
  • Resume with clinical information and experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a clinical instructor.
  • Educational transcripts (unofficial).
  • Nursing license, if available (required prior to July 31, 2018).

About the VNA of Care New England

The VNA of Care New England is a non-profit, Medicare and Medicaid certified visiting nurse, home health care and hospice agency, accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1908, the VNA of Care New England has been a trusted community resource, providing Rhode Islanders with quality health care in their homes. Serving adults and the elderly, the VNA offers a comprehensive line of cardiac, pulmonary, rehabilitative, palliative care and hospice. Employees include registered nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, home health aides, nutritionists, a respiratory therapist, medical director, and chaplains. VNA of Care New England affiliate, HealthTouch, Inc., is a private pay, home care agency, dedicated to helping individuals to remain living safely and independently in their homes.