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RN Residency Program Welcomes First Class of Recent Graduate Nurses

Anchorage, AK (April 12, 2013) – Alaska Regional Hospital this week welcomed the first nine nurses into its new RN Residency Program, a comprehensive, evidence-based residency program for newly graduated nurses.

The hospital’s partnership with Versant—an education and training system that transitions recent nursing graduates from students to professional practitioners—is the state’s first and only partnership like this and is part of Alaska Regional’s continuing efforts to hire, grow and retain nurses to meet Alaska’s nursing shortfall and the rising demand for nursing care.

“The Alaska Regional Hospital RN Residency Program is designed by nurses for nurses,” Linda Doughty, Alaska Regional Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, says. “Every step of the way, these nursing residents are continuously supported by a network of subject matter experts, preceptors, mentors and leaders.”

The 18-week program is offered twice a year and is developed to accept 15 participants in each group.

The curriculum assists new nurses with gaining the experience and confidence needed to navigate hospital culture by advancing them to competency levels quickly, safely and effectively.

In addition to the core curriculum, the Alaska Regional RN Residency Program offers guided clinical experience, current and emerging clinical guidelines and standards, labs and simulations, and career development guidance. Participants achieve the same competence and self-assurance as a nurse who has been practicing for 12 to 18 months.

The next group begins August 19, 2013. To apply for the program, applicants should contact Rebecca Unwin, RN Residency Program Manager, at Rebecca.Unwin@hcahealthcare.com or (907) 264-1011.

SOURCE: Alaska Regional Hospital

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