As it stands, students in the United States can take one of three paths to become a Registered Nurse – earn a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, or a qualifying diploma. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) Regardless of the path, all RNs are required to pass a state licensing exam and become certified. For most RNs, this is where the pre-career training ends, with continued education classes required between license renewals. But one school is doing more to get new nurses comfortable in their profession and ready to succeed in the career ahead: a residency program for RNs.
Scott Fitzgerald reports that twenty-one RNs in from Southern Illinois Healthcare have successfully completed an 18 week residency program after completing nursing school and receiving their RN certifications. Fitzgerald explains how it works:
“Designed to enhance nursing retention within the SIH system, the residency program is designed to increase student confidence and competency. Program selectees are current graduates of nursing programs with less than six weeks on the job.
Up to 50 SIH administrators and nurses were also present at the ceremony and were recognized for their work with the new registered nurses.” (Read more: First Nursing Class Graduates from Special Program)
While still growing in popularity at the local level, nurse residency programs are not unheard of. Many high-end medical facilities offer the program to students who score well in their exams and intend to become nurse specialists. Notable nurse residency programs include those from Duke University, John Hopkins, and Vanderbilt.
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