MINOT, ND- Trinity Hospital in Minot recently announced the implementation of a Nurse Residency Program. Reporter Nathalie Gomez has more.
The nurse residency program at Trinity Hospital is all for the benefit of patient safety and quality of care.
“It’s meant to help the new graduate nurse make the transition from the academic world of nursing school into the bedside care of the patient,” said Danica Schaefer, Nurse Residency coordinator.
Trinity Hospital is the first to use the AACN approved program in the Tri state area.
“The program is facilitated and supported by a team of nurse educators from Trinity that is made up of six nurses from a variety of different backgrounds, said Schaefer.
Students are placed in groups with their peers in order to learn from each other.
“A lot of times were going through a big transition of being a student to a new nurse and it’s very scary, so to have people around me that are in the same boat and we can talk about what’s going on I think it’s a great opportunity,” said Hailey Ayres, Nurse Resident.
In the course of one year nurses are supplemented with case scenarios that apply to their specialty, simulations, and guest speakers.
“Being a new nurse is hard and so I think, just having experience and doing simulations I think is awesome.”
Hospitals that have implemented a program like this, have seen reductions in nursing turnover and patient care.
“Applying to a hospital that has a nurse residency program seems like the most logical decision because you’re going to get an extra level of support.”
The Nurse Residency program is used by 300 health systems nationwide.