nurse resident


Residents are provided with a journal which they can use to write about specific clinical experiences that are meaningful, difficult, or relate to seminar content. Journals can help guide small-group workshop discussions. All residents are expected to complete their journaling, which may be done using a structured clinical narrative format, free-writing, or even illustration; whatever is most comfortable for the resident to promote self-reflection with the goal of improving clinical reasoning and practice.

Residents complete an evidence-based practice (EBP) project with an assigned small group. A list of potential topics is provided to help identify areas of need within Eastern Maine Medical Center, as well as education on the project development process. The goal is to plan and implement an evidence-based practice project that will positively impact nursing practice and patient care.


Residents complete evaluations at the start of the program, and again at six months, 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months. An e-mail with instructions will be sent to participants when it is time to complete the surveys, which will all be done electronically using an Eastern Maine Medical Center employee ID as the login. Surveys are anonymous and are sent directly to Vizient. Eastern Maine Medical Center does not see any results until data collection is completed, and only then in aggregate form. It is vital to complete the surveys not only for program development, but to help us measure critical data points such as retention and job satisfaction and compare against national benchmarks.

Currently, hospitals participating in the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program have an aggregate turnover rate of first-year nurses of 5.6%, compared to the national average of 27.1%.
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours will be provided. Evaluations must be submitted at the end of each workshop to receive credits.


NRP Meeting Place is a website developed specifically for residents enrolled in the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program nationwide. It provides a platform to connect with other residents as well as access information regarding current issues in nursing practice. Information is provided in each participant's welcome packet on how to access this resource.  


Each resident will be assigned to a small group, called a pod, with whom they will remain for the duration of the program. This pod will be led by a nurse facilitator who will serve as a mentor for the pod. This leader, along with nurses' peers, will be a source of support and guidance throughout the program.
If you have questions or concerns that require special attention, please contact the Residency Coordinator, Clinical Education Manager, or Director of Professional Practice at any time (contact information below).
Erica Caron, BSN, RN
Staff Developer, Residency Program Coordinator
Sandy Benton, MSN, RN
Manager, Clinical Education
Kim Demers, BSN, RN
Director of Administrative and Professional Services