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Nurse Residency Program

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Nurse Residency Program, which focuses solely on rehabilitation, is among the only programs of its kind in the country.

Our 12-month program supports nursing school graduates as they transition into their first professional nursing role through a rehabilitation setting. Good Shepherd’s residency program has adopted the evidence-based curriculum designed by Vizient (formerly University Health System Consortium) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

At the conclusion of the program, graduate nurses will:

  • Make the transition from novice nurse to advanced beginner nurse
  • Develop effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance
  • Strengthen commitment to nursing as a professional career choice
  • Incorporate research-based evidence linked to practice outcomes into the care provided


  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital (Allentown, Pa.), the only freestanding hospital fully dedicated to short-term acute rehabilitation in the region
  • Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center (Allentown, Pa.) and Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem (Bethlehem, Pa.), where our residents with severe disabilities require medical care in a home-like environment
  • Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital (Bethlehem Pa.), a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) specializing in patients who require extended recovery periods but are still medically too fragile to transfer to a skilled nursing facility or acute rehabilitation hospital
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit (Bethlehem, Pa.), the only unit in the region offering specialized inpatient pediatric rehabilitation programs to treat children with complex medical and congenital conditions

Rehabilitation Nurse Residency Program Expectations

  • Practice professionalism regarding behavior, work ethics and attitude
  • Practice Good Shepherd’s mission and vision, as well as follow policies and procedures
  • Participate in all learning experiences and program components
  • Attend monthly seminars to support your knowledge base and guide your practice
  • Complete all program surveys and evaluations
  • Attend the Nurse Residency Graduation Celebration and present the following:
    • Professional portfolio
    • Unit-based/hospital-based committee membership
    • Evidence-based practice project

Application Criteria

  • New graduate with less than 18 months of RN experience
  • Nursing Residency Program objectives
  • Integration of the nurse resident into their role responsibilities
  • Provision of a preceptor/mentor for the nurse resident
  • Development of safe, competent nursing care

Program Benefits

  • Proven, evidence-based curriculum that strengthens critical thinking and skill development
  • One-on-one clinical experience with preceptor
  • One year of orientation, including classroom and clinical education
  • Support from experienced nurses, educators and leaders

Contact Information

Benita Cobham, MSN, RN
Nursing Residency Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Mona Padalia
Nurse Recruiter
[email protected]