The Nurse Residency Program at Cooper

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 theory and 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.


The Nurse Residency Program at Cooper University Hospital is designed for new to practice Nurses who are a newly licensed, new-to-practice RN or RN with less than 12 months of hospital-based experience at the time of hire.

Program Objectives

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

  • Preparing new-to-practice Nurses to expand their critical thinking skills and build upon their clinical leadership skills at the bedside
  • Applying topics covered during Nurse Residency to every-day 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 practice by incorporating topics related to qualitative and quantitative research, process improvement, and institutional policies and procedures

More Information

If you have any questions regarding the Nurse Residency Program at Cooper University Hospital, please contact:

Trish Egenton MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, NE-BC
Interim Nurse Residency Program Coordinator