Nurse Residency Program
Residency Program for Graduate Nurses
The Nurse Residency Program (NRP) is a yearlong program developed for new graduate nurses and nurses with less than one year of acute care nursing experience. This program facilitates transition to competent nursing practice as a bedside nurse in the inpatient acute care environment. The NRP provides a structured paid orientation with emphasis on critical thinking. The program employs didactic classroom learning as well as simulation and clinical experiences.
In order to allow graduate nurses, the opportunity to focus on the areas of care that most closely match their interests and career goals, our Nurse Residency Program offers clinical specialty track options in the following areas:
1. Behavioral Health Track at Laurelwood in Gainesville only
2. Cardiac Track at Gainesville only. Units include:
- S2D Woody Stewart-Heart Failure Unit
- S2E Cardiovascular Stepdown Unit
- S3D/E Progressive Coronary Care Unit
3. Critical Care Track units include:
- Intensive Care Unit at Braselton
- Medical Intensive Care Unit at Gainesville
- Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Gainesville
- Ronnie Green Heart Center at Gainesville
- Coronary Care Unit
- Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
4. Emergency Department Track includes:
- ED at Braselton
- ED at Gainesville
5. Medical Track units include:
- B1W Medical/Surgical at Braselton
- B2W Medical/Surgical/Cardiology at Braselton
- S1B Medical/Neurology at Gainesville
- S4D Medical at Gainesville
- S4E Medical at Gainesville
- S5E Oncology/Nephrology at Gainesville
6. Operating Room Track includes:
- Operating Room at Braselton
- Operating Room at Gainesville
7. Surgical Track units include:
- B1E General Surgery at Braselton
- N4G Orthopedics/Neurosurgery/Trauma at Gainesville
- N5G General Surgery/Trauma at Gainesville
- N6G General Surgery at Gainesville
8. Women and Children’s Track:
NGMC Barrow is located in Winder. Residents hired at Barrow do not rotate to other campuses. Tracks available may include:
- Emergency Department
- General Medical/Surgical Unit
- Intensive Care Unit
- Perioperative/Operating Room
Nurse residents are hired into a specific clinical track in the Nurse Residency, not into a position on a nursing unit. During the hiring process each applicant identifies their preferred clinical track. A “track” is a group of units with similar patient populations, clinical care requirements, and clinical skills. During the first 10 weeks of the program, the residents rotates through the nursing units within their track. The resident is afforded the opportunity to experience the patient population and care needs of each unit become familiar with each unit culture. At the end of the clinical rotations, the resident is matched to a permanent nursing unit within their track based on the resident’s preferences and the availability of positions on specific units.
All tracks may not be offered in each cohort. Several tracks have clinical rotations between the Braselton and Gainesville campuses, and the resident may match to a permanent position on either campus.
A clinical nurse preceptor from each patient care unit will be paired with the nurse resident to manage the clinical aspects of their orientation period as well as engage the nurse residents into the social atmosphere of each nursing unit.
Our nurse residents are also paired with a mentor throughout their year-long residency program. The mentor will serve as a personal guide and will help assimilate the nurse resident into NGHS culture. Through monthly meetings with each nurse resident, the mentor will closely monitor the progress of orientation and offer guidance and support as needed.
In addition to the support provided by the mentor and clinical nurse preceptors, one of the most important components of the Nurse Residency Program is the workshop series. Nurse Residents will attend residency seminars that support the development of complex skills such as EKG awareness, prioritization and nurse-to-physician communication. The workshops also provide an opportunity to practice technical skills and develop critical thinking through the use of high fidelity patient simulations.