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Nurse Residency Program

Community Memorial Healthcare’s Nurse Residency Program is designed for the new-graduate Registered Nurse (RN) starting a career in the adult acute care environment. The goal is to help you build a solid foundation for your nursing career and refine your clinical judgement and leadership skills as you navigate the transition from student nurse to acute care professional nurse. Our comprehensive program consists of a series of structured learning and clinical experiences. The curriculum incorporates adult learning methodologies, simulation, and reflective practice. The interprofessional training opportunities and personalized assistance offered during this program will guide you for many years to come.

Participants in our program work in a direct care position in the acute care setting at Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura. This is a full-time benefited position; the program is a 12-month commitment, plus one additional year of work upon completion. The 16-week preceptorship portion of the program is divided into the four areas listed below and facilitated by content experts. Nurse Residents will have team training opportunities with Graduate Medical Education (GME), and work with ancillary departments to reinforce collaborative practice. The program continues with monthly seminars (Nursing Seminars/Grand Rounds) ending at graduation.

Nurse Residency Program Requirements

  • Willingness to commit to the Nurse Residency Program plus one additional year upon completion
  • Graduated from an ADN or BSN program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) by June 01, 2023
  • Must not have had any paid RN work experience prior to the start of the program
  • Must have American Heart Association BLS by the beginning of the program
  • Must have a current California RN license by August 05, 2023 (candidates may apply before licensure)

Preceptorship Areas

Frontline Nurse Leader

  • Communication and delegation
  • Prioritization and time management
  • Resource management
  • Knowledge (technical skills)
  • Management of responsibilities

Patient Outcomes

  • Evidenced-based practices
  • Pain management
  • Patient safety
  • Responding to emergencies

Professional Role

  • Ethical decision-making in practice
  • Mastering nursing documentation
  • Nursing-sensitive indicators (NDNQI)
  • Social networks in the clinical setting
  • Stress management and self-care

Quality Safety Education in Nursing

  • Patient-centered care
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Safety
  • Informatics

Evidence-based Project

At the end of the program, all RNs will work in teams to complete an evidence-based project and present to the Professional Development Council.

Nurse Resident Seminars

  • Panel discussion (program graduates return to talk with new residents)
  • Professional development
  • Coping with workplace culture (civility vs. incivility)
  • Stress management
  • Legal issues in practice, ethics in nursing
  • Interprofessional collaboration and communication

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Our next Nurse Resident Program is scheduled to start in 2024. Application details and deadlines will be announced soon!

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