Nurse Residency Program

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), a member of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders, Inc./Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative, offers the 12-month Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™. The residency program is designed to provide a smooth transition to practice as you embark on your professional nursing career. AAMC offers the nurse residency program three times a year in February, August, and October. Cohorts of new to practice nurses meet monthly for continuing education sessions that are focused on enhancing critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills and application of evidenced-based practices to improve patient outcomes.

Benefits of the Nurse Residency Program include:

  • Support by the Clinical Education & Professional Development department throughout your first year of practice
  • A precepted unit-based orientation of up to 12 weeks (16 weeks for some specialties)
  • Peer support through mentorship and clinical reflection groups to provide support and guidance during your first year as a nurse

On behalf of the Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development, we would like to congratulate you on your upcoming graduation from nursing school and thank you for considering our Nurse Residency Program.

Shortly, you will begin a career path that offers lifelong learning, flexibility, and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping others. You will soon be on the front lines, providing care to patients during some of the happiest and most difficult times of their lives.

We realize that going from student nurse to professional nurse can sometimes be challenging, and we want our new nurses to make a successful transition. At Anne Arundel Medical Center, we believe in helping our nurses develop to their full potential and working together to achieve the best patient outcomes. Our mission is to provide a well-structured, diverse, and comprehensive residency program to ease your transition.

We encourage you to explore our website for more information about our Nurse Residency Program and hope to hear from you soon. Feel free to contact us before initiating or completing your application if you have any questions. You can reach us at

Thank you,
Ann Marie Holland, Residency Coordinator & Racquel McCrea, Residency Coordinator

Ann Marie Holland, MSN, RN, CNOR, FNE-A, NPD-BC
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator

Irma Holland, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Director of Clinical Education and Professional Development

Gena Kosmides, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nurse Residency Mentorship Program Coordinator

Racquel McCrea, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator

The curriculum focuses on 3 areas:

  • Leadership
  • Patient Outcomes
  • Professional Role

The objectives for the residents in the NRP are to:

  • Transition from being an advanced beginner nurse to a competent professional nurse in the clinical environment
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance
  • Provide clinical leadership at the point of care
  • Strengthen commitment to nursing as a professional career choice
  • Formulate an individual development plan for the nurse’s new clinical role
  • Incorporate research-based evidence linked to practice outcomes into the care provided

In the Mentorship Program, you will be provided peer support within a mentorship group led by an experienced nurse who will help support you during the first 12 months of your employment. Unlike a clinical preceptor, who focuses on individualized teaching specific to your clinical setting, your mentor’s role is that of an advocate, role model, resource, networker, and guide. He or she along with your peers will empower you through socialization, encouragement, and open and honest communication, to make the most of this exciting time and help guide you towards an established place in the nursing profession.

Candidates should apply to positions of “Nursing Graduate” via our career site.

  • Graduate of an accredited registered nursing program. *Nursing school transcripts will be requested at time of interview
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS certification required
  • Must have RN License prior to start date

Participation in the nurse residency program and its requirements is mandatory upon acceptance of a nurse graduate position at AAMC. Required elements of the nurse residency program include:

  • Attending and participating in class sessions, as outlined in the schedule
  • Completing Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ surveys,
  • Completing an Evidence-Based Practice initiative in the form of a poster presentation, which will be presented at one of AAMC’s nursing professional development events
  • Communicating at least monthly with your assigned mentor during the year-long residency program either in-person or electronically (i.e. email or text)
  • Actively participating inin class discussions, case studies, and simulation exercises
  • Demonstrating professional appearance and behavior during class (no cell phone usage, no inappropriate comments or disruptive behavior, arriving on time to class, etc.)
  • Coordinating your unit-based schedule with your unit educator based upon the nurse residency program schedule to ensure that no conflicts arise which would prevent you from attending a class. The expectation is that you will not work the night before or be assigned to work in your clinical area during class time.
  • Remaining on your initial unit of hire for the first year of employment as a staff nurse and maintaining full-time status.

The AAMC Nurse Residency Program is a Candidate for the May 2020 cycle of the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP).

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