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Student Nurse Internships

Each year, student nurses from academic institutions throughout the U.S. spend eight to 10 weeks working in various service lines throughout Yale New Haven Hospital to improve their understanding of the professional nurse’s role. Interns learn clinical skills by providing patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse, and attend patient care conferences and team rounds.

Center for Professional Practice Excellence (CPPE)

YNHH’s CPPE promotes practice excellence, professional growth and development and lifelong learning by providing educational programs and consultation. CPPE is a centralized resource for education and clinical expertise. Resources include the Nursing Core Education Team; a robust Approved Provider Unit offering continuing nursing education credit across clinical specialties; certification preparation courses; and a nationally recognized Nurse Residency Program.

Nurse Residency Program


Established in 2005, the YNHH Nurse Residency Program provides a yearlong experience for newly graduated nurses to support their transition to professional nursing practice. Since its inception, the program has transitioned more than 2,100 registered nurses, while meeting or exceeding national benchmarks for retention and quality outcomes. The program continues to grow exponentially.

Program Description

Through a partnership with VizientTM, the Nurse Residency Program delivers an evidence-based curriculum focused on building nurses’ knowledge and skills in leadership, patient outcomes and professionalism. Upon hire, nurse residents are assigned to a cohort, with whom they participate in monthly sessions. Sessions include clinical reflections, interactive classroom exercises covering a wide range of clinical and professional topics, and a leadership project.


In 2018, the Nurse Residency Program became nationally accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP).

The accreditation signals the organizational commitment toward meeting residency program goals:

  • Support the transition from academia to professional nursing practice
  • Establish a professional nursing career pathway
  • Promote retention of clinical nurses
  • Enhance patient outcomes
  • Incorporate evidence-based research into clinical practice
  • Develop clinical skills and professional competencies

Additional Education and Advancement Resources

  • Recognition and Career Advancement Program (SPIRE Clinical Nursing Advancement Program)
  • Nursing Grand Rounds
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Simulation Training
  • Preceptor training
  • Nurse-in-Charge training
  • Specialty training such as: critical care, stepdown and pediatric transitions
  • Phlebotomy training
  • Affiliation with Yale University School of Nursing