Nurse Residency Program
A PART OF CENTER FOR EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Stanford Health Care Nurse Residency Program, as a Vizient recognized program started in 2006 and has since grown into a meaningful and impactful foundation for new graduate nurses transitioning into professional practice. Supporting over 650 new grads in the past fourteen years, Stanford has been a beacon of excellence to the community and abroad, seeking to bridge the transition to practice for new graduate nurses. The Nurse Residency Program is committed to growing the nursing profession by hiring exceptional nurses from nursing programs across the country. The program leaders have a wealth of professional practice experience offering support to all nurse residents working in the various specialties of medicine, surgery, oncology and critical care.
The program accepts nurses into the comprehensive adult training program who have graduated from a BSN or MSN program accredited by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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The goal of the program is to create a bridge for nurse residents to transition from education to clinical practice. The one-year curriculum is divided into three topic areas and facilitated by content experts.
- Conflict Resolution
- Patient Care Coordination
- Profession Communication
- Resource Management
- Organization of Data
- Management of the Changing Patient Condition
- Patient/Family Teaching
- Responding to Emergencies
- Patient Safety
- Pain Management
- Infection Prevention
- Skin Integrity and Wound Care Management
- Stress Management
- Ethical Decision Making
- Cultural Competence
- End of Life Care
- Profession Development
- Evidence-Based Practice
Nurse Residency Program is a robust program that consists of:
- 280+ hours of direct clinical orientation with a dedicated preceptor
- High fidelity simulation activities that focus on acute coronary syndrome, Code blue, sepsis and respiratory failure
- Monthly seminars facilitated by content experts that focus on: individual learning styles, clinical reasoning and critical thinking (care of the cardiac, pulmonary, neuro, oncology and septic patient), palliative care, wound management, vascular access management, scope of practice, communication, delegation, time management, resource management, ethical considerations, self-care, resiliency, stress management, teamwork, career planning and professional growth and development
- Evidence-Based Project: Supported through the Department of Nursing Research and the Center for Education and Professional Development, each nurse resident is a part of creating an evidence-based practice project—impacting the quality of care provided in their own clinical areas of practice.
- The program leaders provide face-to-face support in multiple structured check-ins, helping to ensure that the transition to practice is meaningful and builds a competent, sound and independent professional practice, for each new graduate nurse.
RN, MS, PCCN
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
Kerry is the Nurse Residency Program Coordinator at Stanford Health Care. Kerry started at Stanford Health Care in 2005 as a new graduate nurse. She worked directly as a clinical nurse for 8 years before transitioning into the role of an assistant patient care manager on an inpatient unit. After six years in management, she followed her passion of mentorship and professional growth and joined the team at the Center for Education and Professional Development where she transitioned into the role as the coordinator for the Nurse Residency Program. Kerry works closely with the nurse residents by supporting their transition from education to practice and creating a program that enhances their learning, challenges their thinking and encourage their growth and development as professional nurses.
Mary E. Lough
PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAHA, FCNS, FAAN
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
Mary is our nationally recognized and awarded Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) providing invaluable guidance with Evidence Based Practice Projects. Throughout Mary’s ICU career, she has been committed to educating and mentoring nurses, advancing and improving patient care and experience, leading multidisciplinary teams and presenting at numerous conferences. One of Mary’s passions is to have multiple Nurse Resident Projects presented at upcoming Magnet Conferences.
Applying for the Program
Applications are accepted three times per year (Spring/Fall/Summer). Top candidates are invited to participate in a panel interview and a unit-level interview. Stanford Health Care receives approximately 450 applications per cohort cycle. The average cohort size is approximately 40-60 nurse residents.
All RNs hired into the program are Stanford Health Care employees and must be willing to commit to the full year with no foreseeable break in service.
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