Orientation & Training


As experienced Kennedy Krieger nurses, we guide new nurses through the transition to professional practice. Our extensive orientation program gives new nurses the knowledge and confidence they need to practice in whatever settings they have chosen. All new nurses go through a 12-week orientation program, and each new nurse is paired with a preceptor—an experienced registered nurse with whom the new nurse regularly meets on a one-on-one basis for the duration of the orientation program.

As a new nurse at Kennedy Krieger, you would work as part of a nurturing team of experienced colleagues who take pleasure in welcoming and helping new nurses. Before you know it, you will be a fully contributing member of the Institute’s interdisciplinary health care team.

Nursing Training Programs

Our nursing training programs have been approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. They provide academic and clinical support for nursing students seeking an associate, baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing. This support is available for either a portion of or an entire academic semester. For more information about the various training opportunities and how to apply, please read the information below.

Our Nursing Department offers undergraduate and graduate training opportunities that involve nursing students working one-on-one with either a baccalaureate degree-prepared or a master’s degree-prepared registered nurse preceptor. Clinical settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Pediatric rehabilitation inpatient unit
  • Pediatric neurobehavioral inpatient unit
  • Pediatric inpatient feeding disorders programs
  • Pediatric outpatient programs
  • School-based programs

Guidance and support is provided to graduate-level nursing students working on scholarly projects.

Clinical Practicums

Our Nursing Department offers its nurses clinical practicums in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Clinical activities include, but are not limited to, providing nursing care to pediatric patients who require rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries, brain and neurological disorders, severe feeding difficulties, developmental delays, and neurobehavioral diagnoses. (This list is not all-inclusive.) All schools of nursing wishing to use Kennedy Krieger Institute for clinical activities must sign the Kennedy Krieger Institute standard affiliation agreement.


When we’re determining who among Kennedy Krieger faculty members will serve as preceptor for a new Kennedy Krieger nursing student, we  take into consideration the nursing student’s academic needs and the clinical expertise of Kennedy Krieger’s faculty members.


Interested students should ask their nursing school’s representative to contact Kennedy Krieger clinical nurse specialist Elizabeth Dipieto to discuss clinical opportunities for nursing students.

Contact Information
Elizabeth Dipietro, MSN, CRRN, PCNS-BC
Email: DiPietroE@KennedyKrieger.org
Phone: 443-923-9477