Nurse Residency Program PTAP

Our Nurse Residency program is in place to support New to Practice Registered Nurses. This 12 month program is designed with new grads in mind – giving them foundational tools, resources, competence and confidence that will carry with them throughout their career.

Focus of the Nurse Residency Program:

  • Bedside Leadership
  • Patient Safety / Outcomes
  • Professional Role of Nurses

About our program:

  • Residents will be hired for a specific unit within the hospital.
  • During the first year, they will orient to the unit in addition to attending the nurse residency educational sessions.
  • Dedicated Preceptor Assignment during the length of orientation, for unit based support.
  • Nurse residents will meet once a month for the length of their residency.
  • Nurse residents will complete an evidence based practice project throughout the course of the program.
  • Formal and informal mentorship opportunities throughout the program and beyond.
  • Applications for Nurse Residents open twice a year, in the fall and early spring.
  • Meritus Health is a member of the Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative, a statewide program engaged to provide best practice, standardized approach to new to entry nurses.

Requirements:

  • Graduate of a BSN, ASN/ADN accredited Nursing program
    • If ASN/ADN graduate, must complete BSN within 3 years of hire
  • Ability to sit for NCLEX and hold a Maryland or Compact State License

Inclusion Criteria

All RN’s with less than one-year acute care experience are to participate in the nurse residency program. This may include but is not limited to:

  • A newly licensed, new to practice RN
  • An RN who may be entering the acute care setting for the first time
  • An RN who has transferred from another facility to MMC before completion of a residency program
  • An LPN who recently obtained their RN and is joining the acute care setting
  • An RN returning to practice after recently completing a refresher course
  • Any other case-by-case situation in which the leadership and education team deem appropriate for participation

For more information about the nurse residency program and its curriculum please email Bethany Varner, NRP coordinator at Bethany.varner@meritushealth.com or Jodi Irvin at Jodi.Irvin@meritushealth.com.

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