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The Nurse Residency Program was established in 2005 to assist new graduate nurses in transitioning from academia to the hospital setting. The program provides new graduates with education, support and follow-up during their first year of employment.

The program incorporates Benner’s From Novice to Expert Model and focuses on evidence-based practice and research to prepare new graduate nurses for their new environment. The Nurse Residency Program is a one-year program designed to improve confidence, competence, critical thinking, prioritization, communication and leadership.

The Nurse Residency Program curriculum incorporates multiple teaching strategies to meet the needs of new graduate nurses, including: didactic, skills stations, simulation, unit-based clinical experience with an Education Specialist as well as an assigned unit preceptor, and ongoing support throughout their first year. Unit preceptors are offered specific training in the preceptor role which includes developing critical thinking skills, giving meaningful feedback, adult learning styles, and personality styles.

Our Program:

  • Assist with initial classroom nursing orientation.
  • Clinical day with educator
  • One on one training with a unit preceptor
  • Classes consisting of didactic instruction and simulation.

Nurse Residency Program Classes:
Class 1

  • Fluid and electrolytes
  • Legalities of Documentation
  • Nutrition
  • Patient Safety
  • Post-op Care
  • Sepsis
  • Wound Care

Class 2

  • Cardiac Disorders
  • Detecting Early Patient Deterioration
  • Heart Failure
  • Neurology
  • Rapid Response
  • Respiratory

Class 3
Professional Development Class

  • CE/Licensure Requirements
  • Clinical Key for Nursing/Clinical Skills from Elsevier
  • Clinical Ladder Program
  • Code Blue
  • EBP/Research
  • Magnet/Shared Leadership
  • Professionalism in Nursing

Progress meetings: scheduled time for new graduate nurse, preceptor, educator and manager (when available) to individualize orientation needs.

Other Services 

  • Unit specific skills days in Simulation Center.
  • Additional educational opportunities and/or observational experiences based on unit of hire.
  • Collaborate with specialty unit educators.
  • Ongoing support from unit preceptor coordinator.

The Nurse Residency Program is a RN residency program within Staff Development. Thank you so much for your interest in careers at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. All new graduate nurses will be enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program no matter what unit of hire. In order to be considered for open positions, you need to apply online. Please click here to view our open positions and complete your online application. One of our HR Business Partners will review your application and determine the appropriate next steps.

For further information about the program please contact:

Debbie Cummings, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Manager, Staff Development Orientation
(859) 212-4781

Emily Maynard, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Coordinator, Nurse Residency Program
(859) 212-4775

Contact Us:
Emily Maynard, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Coordinator, Nurse Residency Program
Units: 2AO, 2C Edgewood 
(859) 212-4775
Suzan Bachmann, MSN, RN
Unit: TCUA, TCU 3C Edgewood
(859) 212-4856

Joy Francis, MSN, RN-BC
Units: Acute Care and Skilled Nursing Florence & Ft. Thomas
(859) 212-5197

Callie Gollihue, MSN, RN, CCRN
Units: TCU and Float Pool Florence & Ft. Thomas
(859) 212-478

Linda Graham, MSN, RN-BC
Preceptor Program Co-coordinator 
Units: TCU 5D, 6D Edgewood
(859) 212-4782

Sara Newberry, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Preceptor Program Co-coordinator 
Units: 2B1, 2B2, 7D Edgewood
(859) 212-4855 

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