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Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Offers Future Nurses Unique Learning Experience Through Distinguished Residency Program

(Bakersfield, CA - August 29, 2022) Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (BMH) joins a group of elite organizations from around the globe that has earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation With Distinction for the hospital’s RN Residency Program.

“We are honored to receive this recognition by the ANCC. It is yet another demonstration of Memorial’s commitment to the pursuit of clinical excellence by our nurses and caregivers,” states Ken Keller, President and CEO of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. “Participation in this program ensures that our nurse residents have a robust, effective mentorship period that helps guide their clinical journey and immerses them in the hospital’s cultural experience during their initial year in practice.”

The evidence-based curriculum offers nurse residents at BMH a collaborative learning environment to successfully transition into clinical practice. Residents are given the opportunity to work alongside experienced clinicians and learn in a real-life setting to be better prepared and more confident as they enter the workforce.

“Memorial Hospital is dedicated to our RN Transition to Practice Program,” said Robin McNabb, Chief Nursing Officer at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. “Since 2009, our 12-month nurse residency program has provided a comprehensive structure that includes education, orientation, support, mentoring, and professional development. The development and design of the program allow for nurse residents to efficiently transition into safe clinical practice and supports continual professional growth through their first year of nursing practice.”

RN residents at BMH work alongside nurses in areas such as critical care, labor and delivery, surgery, pediatrics, emergency department, and other departments throughout the hospital.

Recruitment for our March 2023 residency cohort will begin soon, with interviews starting in October. For more information about Memorial’s RN Residency Program please visit



About Dignity Health Memorial Hospital

Dignity Health Memorial Hospital is a 385-bed acute care medical center offering a full range of services including the Sarvanand Heart and Brain Center, Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital, expanded maternity and family care, the Lauren Small Children’s Center including the area’s only dedicated pediatric emergency room, orthopedic services, wound care center, 24-hour emergency care and general/outpatient surgery. Memorial Hospital is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and is home to the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House and Hope House. A member of CommonSpirit Health, Dignity Health Memorial Hospital is a trusted community partner, serving residents of Bakersfield and Kern County with quality, compassionate care since 1956. Learn more at

Publish date: 

Monday, August 29, 2022