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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

Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) offers a comprehensive, one-year Nurse Residency Program (NRP) to help newly licensed nurses develop essential skills and competencies as they transition from nursing student to an independent, professional nurse. Nurse residents receive their full salary and benefits and are paid to attend the monthly seminars.

  • All newly licensed nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing program and have less than one year of experience are automatically enrolled. 
  • All YNHHS practice sites that hire newly licensed nurses, and all specialty areas that hire newly licensed nurses are included.
  • Enrollment occurs on a rolling basis, based on start date so there’s no delay to starting work. No separate application or interview is required. 

The NRP includes:

  • Skills and simulation training
  • Practice-based orientation with dedicated, trained preceptors and hands-on clinical experiences
  • Twelve monthly seminars rich in evidence-based content and networking opportunities. Seminars include dedicated reflection time with a small-group mentor, interactive learning activities covering a wide range of clinical and professional topics, and an evidence-based practice leadership project.
  • Professional development and career planning support
  • Specialty training in areas such as critical care, stepdown, pediatric and operating room


Yale New Haven Health System’s NRP uses the evidence-based and adaptable Vizient/ANCC curriculum, which is updated regularly based on accreditation requirements and organizational needs.

The overarching framework includes these domains:

  • Knowledge for nursing practice
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Person-centered care
  • Leadership and system-based practice
  • Development of the professional nurse
  • Scholarship for nursing practice
  • Foundations of nursing quality and safety

Nationally accredited

YNHHS’ NRP has earned Accreditation with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP). The accreditation signals the organizational commitment to upholding the highest standards in transition to practice, and toward meeting these program goals: 

  • 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