Nurse Residency Program at Swedish Medical Center
One of the on-boarding initiatives at Swedish Medical Center is the Nurse Residency Program for new graduate nurses. As we looked at opportunities to enhance practice readiness and optimize the performance of the new graduate nurse, Swedish Medical Center determined that a six-month nurse residency program would provide the tools for a quality transition from a student role into a professional nursing role.
This program provides ongoing support that affords an understanding of the organizational structure while assisting the nurse to critically think and become a leader at the bedside. Upon hire all new graduate nurses will be assigned six consecutive monthly seminars.
These multidisciplinary seminars target topics such as:
- skill development
- knowledge acquisition
- relationship development
- quality methodologies
- time management
- reflective thinking
In addition, the new graduate completes department specific clinical orientation, on line modules, and job-required classes. Mentorships, professional role development, and career pathways are available for support and professional enhancement.