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Mercy’s Nurse Residency is an 8 month program designed to support our new graduates as they transition to independent professional practice. Offers of employment to GNs are made for a particular unit the GN indicates an interest in and interviews for. Our residency program works in collaboration with unit-specific nursing orientation to provide an evidence-based experience. All nurse residents receive nursing orientation on their assigned unit with experienced preceptors, and skill development with unit-based educators.
Residency programs are best practice and offer a variety of learning opportunities. Applicable topics are covered through two touch-point sessions early after hire, then we come together once a month for 3 classroom days, followed by a “teamwork” day which allows for coordinating in groups for the Evidence Based Practice project. Our 3 classroom days take place after you have spent time in unit orientation and with your preceptor. Residency class content is relevant to nurses in every clinical specialty. The goal is to provide a foundation and focus on topics that evidence has shown to be the most vital for discussion during the first year in the nursing profession. Examples include Communication, Critical Decision Making, Ethical Situations, Patient-Centered Care, and Spirituality.
Nurse residents have opportunity to work on a Performance Improvement project during their residency. At the end of the program, residents share their projects during a Residency Celebration which is attended by Mercy nursing leaders, physicians, and executive administration as well as area faculty, nursing peers and invited guests. The day culminates in a congratulatory luncheon as residents officially complete their program and become eligible for placement on Mercy’s professional nursing clinical ladder, SHINE. Mercy’s clinical ladder was developed to publically and monetarily recognize RNs for their dedication towards providing excellent nursing care, professional growth, and patient/family/coworker satisfaction. SHINE is an acronym for Shaping and Inspiring Nursing Excellence.
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