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Nurse Residency Program

Complete Program Description

The Registered Nurse Residency Program (RNRP) is designed to improve the overall skills and cognitive ability of the nurse who has recently entered or re-entered the nursing profession. The evidence-based program is geared toward recruiting and retaining quality professional nurses. The RNRP will enhance previous nursing knowledge/skills and will develop new skills and knowledge needed to perform their role as a Registered Nurse.


The Residency Program offers various clinical tracts for the nurse to choose from. These tracts include:

  • Medical-Surgical
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Maternal/Child
  • Operating Room/Surgical Services

Lecture, case studies, post-conferences and hands-on experience will be utilized as learning activities for the novice/beginning registered nurse. There will be scheduled lectures and classes for the participant to attend. Clinical days will be scheduled according to available units and specific needs of the participant.

Evaluation of learning experience will include post-tests, clinical competency check lists and periodic evaluations by the director of education. Preceptors will be assigned on the clinical units and will mentor the RN and guide them in all phases of the RN job description clinically. Communication with the unit director and preceptor is an essential piece to this program.


Program Objectives

By the end of this program the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence in a multidisciplinary capacity within the job description of the RN based on best practices.
  2. Describe and demonstrate critical thinking processes with various patient populations and clinical situations.
  3. Develop professional enhancement skills in the clinical and management role.
  4. Organize tasks and utilize time management skills in order to work efficiently.
  5. Demonstrate customer service skills utilizing communication and technical knowledge to ensure ETMCRHS and department objectives are maintained.
  6. Demonstrate effective teaching skills for educating patients, family and/or significant other(s).
  7. Assess, Plan, Implement and Evaluate patient care for various patient populations.
  8. Identify resources available to meet the needs of the patient/ family.
  9. Provide nursing care by utilizing clinical knowledge according to approved standards of care and practice.
  10. Utilize proper chain of command and communication between staff unit, patient care areas and administration.
  11. Assume responsibility for their own learning outcomes.
  12. Apply knowledge and skills in performing cost-effective care for the patient/family.


A. Medical-Surgical Nursing Overview

  1. Assessment Skills
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. System Analysis
  4. Diagnostics
  5. Resources Utilization
  6. Case Studies/Analysis

B. IV Therapy Course

C. Ethical Decision Making

D. Coronary Care Course (web-based)

E. Documentation Overview

F. Chain of Command

G. Delegation/Leadership

H. Assertiveness Training

I. Charge Nurse Role/Checklist Evaluation

J. Clinical Rotations/Post Conference Learning Activities and Topics