The Nursing Administration at University Health is proud to offer a Nurse Residency Program, which introduces the new graduate to the nursing profession by providing clinical and leadership training and support as the nurse transitions to a full partner on the healthcare team. University Health has partnered with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ to provide resources to help our new nurses gain confidence and increase competence during this 12-month program. As part of the program, University Health will provide new graduates with support and development in the following ways:
- Provide a standardized curriculum of classroom and simulation.
- Monthly seminars and specialty courses designed for your specific unit. Topics to be covered include patient safety, evidence-based practice, procedure specifics, time management techniques, conflict resolution techniques, communication skills, stress management techniques and professional development training.
- Provide a structured clinical orientation with a preceptor(s) along with consistent preceptor feedback. You will have a preceptor(s) or mentor(s) support person during the Nurse Residency Program.
- Provide a venue for RN role development as well as nursing survival skills.
- Provide a setting for relationship building with other new graduates using a cohort model.
- Monthly meetings with your Nurse Residency coordinator and preceptor for progress reports.
- Mentorship while completing a facilitated evidence-based practice project.
- Paid salary and benefits for hours worked while in the Nurse Residency Program.
To be considered for the program, residents should:
- Hold an associates or bachelor's in nursing science from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- Have a GPA of at least 3.0.
- Licensed as a registered nurse in Missouri or eligible to take the NCLEX within 90 days of graduation.
- Be a nurse for less than six months.
- Commit to the one-year residency program.
Nurses who apply for a specific RN position and have less than six months of experience as a nurse will automatically be placed into the Nurse Residency Program.
- Nurse Residency Program positions are listed as residency clinical nurse RN.
- New graduate nurses are hired into all clinical areas, including specialty areas, depending on need.
- A new cohort starts three times a year.