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Graduate RN Residency Program

This program is open to current staff working at Circle Health / Lowell General Hospital or nursing students completing their Senior Capstone at Lowell General Hospital. Applicants must have a BSN and have an interest in pursuing a residency program in an acute care setting.

To be considered for the Lowell General Hospital New Graduate RN Residency Program, you must complete an application during the designated application period. Please attach your resume and a cover letter, as well as indicate your top three units of interest. For Capstone applicants, a letter of recommendation from your Lowell General preceptor must be included with your application.


The program currently starts once a year in August and runs over a 12-month period


  • Current Lowell General employee or nursing student with Senior Capstone at Circle Health / Lowell General Hospital
  • Graduating from an accredited nursing program with a BSN¬†
  • Valid Massachusetts RN license at the start of the program
  • Must be willing to make a two-year commitment to remain with Lowell General Hospital upon completion of the program

About the residency program:

  • The program runs for a total of 12 months.
  • Residents will be oriented to their clinical unit and role over an average of three to four months on a case-by-case basis.
  • In addition to working as nurses on the clinical unit they were hired to in the hospital, residents have classroom education and debriefing as a cohort every other week for the first 12 weeks and then monthly for the remaining nine months.
  • The goal is to support the residents to become well-rounded, professionally-developed nurses who can think critically, manage their time and delegate appropriately.
  • New graduate nurse experiences are molded to meet the needs of each of the participants of the program and the needs of the department they will be working.
  • Classes throughout the residency include leadership training, resilience building, volunteer opportunities, spiritual care, palliative care, and more.

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