COMPASS Program

Northeast Georgia Medical Center
The COMPASS Program

Helping Committed, Compassionate Senior Students

Description of the Organization or Practice Setting

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Northeast Georgia. NGHS is anchored by Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) four hospital campuses – NGMC Gainesville, NGMC Braselton, NGMC Barrow, and NGMC Lumpkin with a total of 723 beds and more than 700 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties.

Program Length

The COMPASS Program is 12-weeks in length. The senior nursing student (or any RN student who has completed the Fundamentals of Nursing Course) will work full-time during the 12-week period. The senior nursing students will be called COMPASS PCTs. At the end of the 12 weeks, the COMPASS PCT will be considered to continue working in the role of Patient Care Tech in a system PRN role, if desired.

Scope of Program

The COMPASS PCT Program supports the nursing student’s transition into the clinical setting. COMPASS PCTs will be managed by nurse managers of the unit to which they are hired. We have opportunities at all 4 NGMC campuses. COMPASS PCTs are hired directly into specific units for the duration of the program. Units available include the following: Medical, Surgical, Cardiac, Emergency, Critical Care, Intermediate Care, and Resource Pool.

Number of Senior Nursing Students Accepted

60 eligible nursing students will be accepted for the 2022 Summer COMPASS PCT Program. 30 will work on the day (7a-7p) shift and 30 will work on the night (7p-7a) shift. The position is full-time (0.9 FTE), three 12-hour shifts weekly, and is non-benefited.

Eligibility Criteria for Program Applicants

  • Enrolled in an accredited RN program and have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Nursing Course
  • Valid Basic Life Support Certification through the American Heart Association

Program Goals

  • Provide practical patient care and hospital experience for COMPASS PCTs
    • Acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver safe, quality care
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients through individual performance
  • Function effectively within the nursing teams by fostering open communication and mutual respect to achieve quality care
  • Recognize the patient (or designee) as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making
  • Work with shift primary nurse to learn to integrate the best current evidence, patient/family preferences, values for delivery of optimal health care, and use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes
  • Decrease RN vacancy rate
  • Recruit for the RN Residency Program
  • Provide for the effective transition and training for the COMPASS PCT

Mission, Vision, Values

Mission: Improving the health of our community in all we do.

Vision: We will be the preferred and indispensable healthcare resource throughout Northeast Georgia.

Values: NGHS prides itself on four core values, all of which help us achieve our mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. These values shape the daily interactions between our physicians, staff, volunteers, board members, patients, and their loved ones. The four core values are:

  • Respectful Compassion: I impact life’s most sacred moments
  • Deep Interdependence: I can’t do my job without you
  • Responsible Stewardship: What I do today ensures tomorrow
  • Passion for Excellence: I bring my best every day

Orientation

The COMPASS PCTs attend an organizational orientation which includes general orientation, clinical orientation, unlicensed orientation, and Electronic Health Record (EHR) training (Exceptions include current employees who have attended any of these sessions).

Group A – Start Date May 9, 2022

Week One

  • Monday 5/9/2022 –New Employee Orientation
  • Tuesday 5/10/2022 – Clinical Orientation
  • Wednesday 5/11/2022 –Unlicensed Orientation
  • Thursday 5/12/2022 – Epic Training & Home Unit Tour
  • Friday 5/13/2022 – Unlicensed Orientation

Week Two

  • Three 12-hour shifts on the assigned floor with a preceptor

Week Three

  • Three 12-hour shifts on the assigned floor with a preceptor

Weeks Four – Twelve

  • Three 12-hour shifts per week working independently in the role of PCT

Group B – Start Date May 16, 2022

Week One

  • Monday 5/16/2022 –New Employee Orientation
  • Tuesday 5/17/2022 – Clinical Orientation
  • Wednesday 5/18/2022 –Unlicensed Orientation
  • Thursday 5/19/2022 – Epic Training & Home Unit Tour
  • Friday 5/20/2022 – Unlicensed Orientation

Week Two

  • Three 12-hour shifts on the assigned floor with a preceptor

Week Three

  • Three 12-hour shifts on the assigned floor with a preceptor

Weeks Four – Twelve

  • Three 12-hour shifts per week working independently in the role of PCT