Nurse Residency Program

Cooper University Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program continues to complement our new Registered Nurses’ first year in practice while building critical thinking and leadership skills. During the past year, our Nurse Residency has continued to grow despite the pandemic, providing support to our new nurses, and empowering them with resiliency.

Cooper University Hospital was a recipient of one of the Growing Apprenticeship in Non-Traditional Sectors, or GAINS Grant, which offers vast support and resources from the collaboration. In addition, Cooper is aligned with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, which also provides support and resources within a structured curriculum that bridges the gap between nursing theory and professional practice.

In conjunction with subject matter experts, and with the support of unit based leadership, Cooper University Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program provides a unique opportunity for our new-to-practice Registered Nurses to develop confidence in clinical decision making skills, utilize evidence-based nursing in the health care setting, build a community amongst colleagues and cohorts, and to enhance their professional nursing practice.


Once hired at Cooper University Hospital, all of our new to practice RNs are enrolled in our Nurse Residency Program.  Our program is designed for our Registered Nurses who are newly licensed and new-to-practice, or RNs with less than 12 months of hospital-based experience at the time of hire.

About this Residency

The Nurse Residency Program at Cooper University Hospital is a participant in the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™. This program provides classes, competencies, hands-on skills, simulation scenarios, computer-based learning, and self-study designed to ease the transition from student to practicing professional nurse. The program aims to assist in bridging the gap between nursing theory and professional nursing practice, as well as supporting the new graduate nurse at the bedside. Curriculum covering Communication and Teamwork, Patient & Family Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, and Informatics, are main topics that are covered throughout the course of Nurse Residency. Graduation from the Program includes an evidence-based poster project that is presented at the completion of Residency.

Program Objectives

Prior to graduation from the Nurse Residency Program, all Registered Nurses enrolled in Cooper University Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program will develop, and participate in, an evidenced based poster presentation. Additional objectives for the program include the following:

  • Preparing new-to-practice Registered Nurses to expand their critical thinking skills and develop their clinical leadership skills at the bedside
  • Applying topics covered during Nurse Residency to every-day clinical practice at the bedside
  • Developing critical thinking skills and clinical decision making while continuing to expand upon topics discussed during class(es)
  • Reinforcing the importance of evidence-based nursing practice by incorporating topics related to qualitative and quantitative research, process improvement, and institutional policies and procedures

More Information

If you are a new Registered Nurse, and are interested in our Nurse Residency Program, please review our job listings and apply. We look forward to welcoming you to Cooper Nursing, and into our Residency Program. If you have any further questions regarding the Nurse Residency Program at Cooper University Hospital, please contact:

Renee Cherfane, BSN, RN
Nurse Residency and Professional Development Coordinator