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Nursing Residency Program

Ellis Medicine is committed to fostering the professional practice of newly hired Registered Nurses and Graduate Nurses (GNs).  Ellis Medicine offers a yearlong nurse residency program that provides the graduate with a supportive transitional path from novice to competent practitioner through a variety of nursing educational experiences. The Nurse Residency Program is designed to ensure that every GN is provided with structured opportunities to engage with multiple collaborative team experts to enhance their personal situational awareness and provide quality patient care.

The education offered during the residency program will include clinically oriented classes, use of high fidelity simulation and guidance on completing an evidence based practice project.  The focus of these classes will be on critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary teamwork and communication, prioritization and delegation, quality indicators and the patient experience, and advance in nursing professional practice.

Through strong preceptor/mentor relationships, the nurse residency program offers the unique opportunity to learn from nurse colleagues so you may develop your professional talents.

All graduate nurses and registered nurses, with less than one year's experience who are hired at Ellis Medicine, are automatically placed in the Residency Program.

Graduate Nurses beginning their careers at Ellis Medicine will be broken into three cohorts depending on what time of the year they start.  Program dates will begin in March, August, and October.  Any graduate nurse beginning in the months of December, January, February, or March will have a March start date for their GN residency program.  Any Graduate Nurse beginning in the months of April, May, June, or July will have an August start date for their GN residency program.  Any Graduate Nurse beginning in the months of August, September, October, or November will have an October start date for their GN residency program.  Group 1 cohort will meet the first Monday of the month, Group 2 cohort will meet the first Tuesday of the month, and Group 3 cohort will meet the first Thursday of the month.  The program will run from 7am to 11am on each of the scheduled days.  Please see the calendar below for groupings and specific dates for each cohort group.

Purpose of the Program:

  1. Effectively recruit and retain qualified new graduate nurses
  2. Facilitate the development of clinical leadership skills necessary for the first year of transition into practice
  3. Meet the educational needs of the nurse during their transition into practice in order to instill confidence and competence, standardize orientation and stabilize retention.  
  4. Establish a framework for understanding nurse sensitive indicators

Program Objectives:

At the Completion of the Nurse Residency Program, the Graduate Nurse will:

  1. Demonstrate effective clinical decision making skills
  2. Apply clinical nursing leadership when administering care
  3. Employ research-based evidence into practice
  4. Execute the transition from novice or advanced beginner to competent provider

Mentorship Program

The Nurse Mentorship Program at Ellis Medicine promotes personal and professional development of nurses through the creation of supportive and nurturing relationships. This program fosters our culture of nursing excellence by providing an atmosphere of personal and professional growth for the new employee, preceptor and department

Ellis Medicine uses a structured, evidence based mentorship program to support the professional development and retention of Registered Professional Nurses. The goal of the program is support the Nursing Professional development standards for mentoring which includes role model, advisor, counselor, and confidante.

Our mentoring program operates under the notion that when a nursing professional assumes a new role at Ellis Medicine, he or she becomes a novice again. At Ellis Medicine, we also find it essential to support those transitioning from classroom to real-world heath care settings.  Successful mentorship programs facilitate new role transition, competence and confidence of the mentee while also improving job satisfaction and retention rates.  

Any experienced nurse who wishes to mentor a novice nurse need simply to apply to be a mentor, complete the mentor training course, and meet the minimum meeting requirements over the course of a year to be compensated.