Nurse Residency Jump Starts Careers for New RNs
New six-month program offers enhanced training
Two new nurse residency programs at MidMichigan Health promise to help graduating nurses successfully launch their careers in the increasingly complex field of nursing.
The residencies in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care will provide six months of additional training and mentorship for nurses. Upon successful completion of the program, nurses will have completed all relevant life support certifications, have worked directly with a preceptor for six months and be ready to work in any fast-paced and sophisticated Emergency Department or Intensive Care Unit. In addition, the nurses will have earned a guaranteed job offer from MidMichigan Health.
Applications for the program are currently being accepted, with only six slots available. Newly graduated nurses with a BSN degree and less than one year of experience as a registered nurse are eligible.
“This program will provide a valuable bridge between finishing school and beginning one of the most exciting and rewarding nursing careers,” said Tara Neeb, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.E., clinical education nurse specialist, MidMichigan Health. “Nurses will build the skills and confidence they need to be an excellent and compassionate emergency room or critical care nurse.”
Resident RNs will work with an experienced preceptor in one of MidMichigan’s Emergency Departments or Critical Care Units, as well as participate in additional education, certification and simulation laboratory training. Various projects will also help nurses develop an evidence-based approach to guide their critical thinking skills and form their own personal philosophy of care.
“It’s hard for a new nurse to jump into many of the more advanced areas of nursing like critical care,” Neeb said. “MidMichigan’s commitment to these nurse residencies will help nurses jump-start their careers. They will work side-by-side with a preceptor and get the support they need to be truly successful.”
After completion of the residency, nurses continue “Transition to Practice” training for an additional six months. The health system requests a two-year employment commitment as part of the residency. The residency is a paid position.
Registered nurses interested in applying for the program may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.midmichigan.org/nurseresidency.