Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency ProgramNurses comprise the largest percentage of the nation’s health care workforce. The demand for nurses is greater than ever; however, a 10-year panel study of new graduate nurses, found that 17.5 percent of them quit their first nursing jobs within the first.1 This is mainly due to a lack of professional nursing development programs available to support them as they transition from academia to a clinical setting.

Piedmont Columbus Regional proudly offers new nurse graduates a robust 12 months of continued support and professional development as they begin working in their first clinical setting at both our Midtown and Northside campuses. The residents continue their professional growth through monthly seminars and group discussions. An integral component of the Nurse Residency Program is completion of a performance improvement project focusing on an aspect of patient quality, safety or service. This project further supports the development of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills.

The yearlong nurse residency program at Piedmont Columbus Regional supports new graduate nurses as they successfully transition to competent professionals by helping them learn how to

  • Use effective decision-making skills
  • Strengthen their professional commitment to nursing
  • Incorporate best practices in the areas of quality, patient safety, and service at the bedside

Program Benefits

Benefits for nurses

  • Increases decision-making competence and confidence
  • Improves professional commitment and satisfaction
  • Enables consistent use of evidence-based practices
  • Builds stronger clinical nursing leadership and critical thinking skills

Benefits for staff

  • Improves nurse satisfaction and team dynamics
  • Reduces staff turnover
  • Increases efficiency and safety
  • Improves morale and reduces team stress

Benefits for patients

  • Improves quality of care and safety
  • Improves patient experience
  • Engages more committed caregivers

A Note to Nurse Resident Candidates

The Nurse Residency Program supports, empowers and equips newly graduated nurses during their first year of practice at Piedmont Columbus Regional.

Nurse residents will attend monthly, evidence-based seminars during the first year of practice. While clinical skills are reviewed, practiced and introduced during unit-based orientation, the nurse residency program is designed to support your professional growth and development.

Amalia Acevedo-Sanic, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CMSRN
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator

1Newly licensed registered nurses: facts and figures. RN Work Project website. Accessed March 7, 2017.
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