About the Program

The Nurse Graduate Residency Program (NGRP) supports new nurse graduates as they transition into their professional nursing career. This evidence-based program based on the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ model will strengthen clinical and leadership competencies, improve patient outcomes and support professional development. The program is designed to help nurse graduates gain the skills and confidence as professional nurses with the UM SJMC health care team. The program offers crucial learning experiences related to leadership development and career planning, and gives graduate nurses the chance to receive personalized guidance from our knowledgeable, dedicated and expert interdisciplinary facilitators.

The program consists of 12 seminars with curriculum that includes but is not limited to:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Process Improvement
  • Management of the "Changing Patient Condition"
  • Professional Development
  • Ethics in Nursing
  • Pain, Healing Therapies, Self-Care
  • Evidence-Based Practice

An eligible NGRP participant must have a current Maryland RN license (or other compact state per MBON), confirmed employment by UM SJMC as a registered nurse, and be newly licensed or determined to have less than 8 months acute care experience and/or no exposure to a residency program at their prior place of employment.

Program Commitment

Your commitment to your profession will mean even greater things for your patients, fellow nurses and the entire staff at UM SJMC. As an NRGP participant, we expect:

  • Attendance and active participation in all 12 seminars
  • Promotion and practice of our values and True North focus
  • Completion of an evidence-based project
  • Adherence to policies and guidelines set forth by UM SJMC
  • Attendance at the Nurse Graduate Residency Program graduation

Program Benefits

Benefits of the program include:

  • Evidence-based curriculum that reinforces critical thinking
  • Support from peers, clinical experts and nurse leaders
  • Ongoing inter-professional team building


If you have any questions about the Nurse Grad Residency Program, please contact Ellen Sheridan, MS, MEd, RN, NGRP Coordinator, ellensheridan@umm.edu, 410-337-1524.