Rice Hospital Nurse Residency Program

For the first year of their employment at Rice Memorial Hospital, new graduate nurses are a part of our Nurse Residency program. New graduate nurses orient with trained preceptors to become proficient healthcare professionals. The preceptors facilitate growth and development for new nursing staff by providing them with the tools and resources they need to create an environment that is conducive to healing, growth and well-being for our patients and co-workers alike.

Preceptors and new graduate nurses have unique roles in helping patients become partners in their care. Through focused activities and guided instruction, new graduate nurses will understand how patient partnerships improve safety and result in better health outcomes.

Benefits of the Nurse Residency Program

  • Includes one day of general hospital orientation and 4 days of classroom nursing orientation
  • Expert instructor with advanced degree
  • New graduate nurse has 27 shifts of orientation on the nursing unit and works with a trained preceptor during this time; moving toward a gradual transition from one patient to four patients
  • Individualized approach to meet your learning needs
  • Conferences with preceptors and nursing unit leadership, with input from Director
  • Mentor Program – new graduate RNs are partnered with a supportive mentor for one calendar year. This mentor is an RN who has experience, expertise and a treasured insight as they help to guide the new RN to discover their strengths and talents and make an impact in their personal and professional life. Mentoring benefits the new graduate RN, the mentor, our patients and their families.
  • Three New Graduate Education Days, focusing on a variety of Medical/Surgical care topics
  • Cohort meetings – guided dialogue format designed to interact with other new graduate RNs, to learn from each other in a confidential setting; to talk about their personal experiences on the units; as well as observations, concepts and questions they may want to discuss

To qualify for our Nursing Residency Program at Rice Memorial Hospital, you must be hired as a new graduate onto our Adult Health Care unit. We encourage applicants to watch for openings in our Adult Health Care unit at Rice.

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