Nurse Residency Program at UM BWMC

The Nurse Residency Program at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center has been developed in collaboration with the University HealthSystem Consortium and American Association of Colleges of Nursing. As defined by the UHC/AACN, the Graduate Nurse Residency is a program that effectively supports new nurse graduates as they transition into their professional roles.

Built on an evidence-based curriculum developed by experts from academic medical centers and nursing schools across the country, the program focuses on three critical areas: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional role. The curriculum contains a series of classroom learning and work experiences designed to assist new graduate nurses as they transition during the first year of practice to become leaders at the point of care. The program is intended for nurses who are in direct patient care roles. Transition experiences emphasize the development of the clinical leadership skills necessary for the advanced beginner nurse to be successful as a full partner on the healthcare team. 

Passport to Practice

Our Novice Nurse Residency Program, Passport to Practice, is a comprehensive 12-month program, created in collaboration with the Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative and Vizient/AACN. The evidence-based curriculum is designed to support new nurses as they begin their transition from novice nurse to experienced nurse by building upon the knowledge and skills obtained in their undergraduate learning.

In addition to hospital orientation, each residency cohort will meet monthly for continuing education seminars ranging in topics from critical thinking to leadership to communication, complete an evidence-based practice project and develop a professional portfolio.

Benefits of Participating in Passport to Practice

  • Provide cohort experience to promote peer and professional socialization
  • Participation in seminars led by content experts
  • Consistent, year-long support from BWMC leadership
  • Formal orientation with a preceptor ranging from 8 weeks to 6 months depending upon unit placement

Nurse Residency Candidate Requirements

  • New graduate nurses with less than one year of experience
  • Passed the NCLEX by the designated residency start date

Now Accepting Applications for August 2020 Nurse Residency Program

If you have questions about hiring or vacancy, please call 410-787-4945. 

If you have questions about program specifics, please call 410-787-4398 or email