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Magnet Nursing at Bristol Hospital


Bristol Hospital is the first hospital in Hartford County to achieve Magnet status. The Magnet Award recognizes exemplary nursing practice that shines above the rest, a healthcare environment where you can find comfort bringing your family. 

At Bristol Hospital, our nurses are “Everyday Extraordinary.” The true essence of our nursing practice is a patient centered focus where nurses use therapeutic healing, empathy and research to deliver care. Promoting excellence and growth in nursing through professional degrees, certifications and shared governance are just a few qualities making us stand out.  

Bristol Hospital’s 12 month graduate nurse residency program is designed to support and transition nursing graduates from academic education into professional practice in an acute care setting.  The foundation of the program is to provide insight and development opportunities intended to optimize their experience for the first year and create a positive foundation for the rest of their nursing career. The curriculum supports evidence-based practice, communication, collaboration, & autonomy. Our graduate nurses experience a 1:1 preceptorship, monthly seminars with their peers, and support from their leaders, peers, and professional development team. Transitioning from student to nurse is challenging. Our program is designed to strengthen that transition to practice and establish strong, competent, and professional nurses.


Nursing presents best practice to internal and external audiences cultivating a relationship of trust and education.  Our nursing culture promotes mindfulness and self-care, a physical and mental rejuvenation, cultivating a patient care focus on quality and satisfaction. Collaboration with our interprofessional teams helps develop strong bonds and improve communication across the continuum for patient safety. 

Our qualities of transformational leadership in nursing practice promise a bright and healthy tomorrow in the future of healthcare excellence.