Nurse residency program

The registered nurse profession is one of the most valuable resources in the healthcare community. At East Texas Medical Center, our registered nurse residency program is designed to improve the overall skills, cognitive ability and critical thinking of the professional nurse, who has recently graduated and entering nursing for the first time or is entering/re-entering the nursing profession within a hospital setting.

Our evidence-based residency program is designed to recruit and retain the highest quality professional nurses. The nurse residency program will enhance previous nursing knowledge/skills and will assist the professional nurse in developing new skills and knowledge necessary to perform safely, competently and efficiently as a registered nurse.

Our residency program offers various clinical units for the nurse to choose from. The clinical areas include: medical surgical, oncology, orthopedics, telemetry, critical care/intensive care, trauma, cardiovascular, neurology, renal transplant, emergency department, maternal/child, pediatrics and surgical services.

Learning activities for the beginning registered nurse includes class room lectures, interactive activities, online learning activities, clinical competency checklists, and periodic evaluations by the clinical manager/director. Preceptors with clinical expertise will be assigned to the new nurse on the clinical unit to teach and mentor the new GN/RN and guide them in all phases of the clinical RN job description.

Program goals

  • Demonstrate clinical competence in a multidisciplinary team approach within the RN job description and the Texas Nurse Practice Act.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking processes with various patient populations and clinical situations.
  • Utilize the nursing process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care for various patient populations.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills to maintain the highest standard of nursing care for optimal patient outcomes.
  • Develop time management skills to organize tasks for efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Provide exceptional nursing care by utilizing clinical knowledge, evidence based practices and cost effectiveness.
  • Assume responsibility for personal and professional learning and growth in the role of the professional nurse and leadership role.
  • Utilize the proper chain of command and communication among all members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching skills using the “teach back” method for patient, family and /or significant other education.
  • Identify resources available to meet the holistic needs of the patient/family.