CMC nurse residency program now accepting applications


To help develop its “future nurse workforce with a structured and evidence-based educational program,” Cartersville Medical Center is among 22 hospitals in the TriStar Division of HCA that will offer a nurse residency program.

“This program will provide the new nurse graduate the opportunity to transition into the hospital’s professional work environment with ongoing education and support,” said Toni Strawn, director of CMC’s staff development. “It will include monthly education sessions on topics, such as critical thinking skills, patient experience, professional development, ethics and charge nurse fundamentals to name a few. Experts from the facility and division will be presenting the monthly sessions.

“The new nurse graduates will have the opportunity to obtain specific knowledge within their chosen clinical specialty, practice in a simulation environment and be precepted by experienced nurses on their unit.”

Strawn continued, “We will be offering this program twice each year and are looking forward to developing our future nurse workforce with a structured and evidence-based educational program.”

To enroll in the Winter 2017 Cohort, which starts Feb. 13, 2017, prospective participants can apply through Sept. 23.

According to the CMC news release, “The TriStar Nurse Residency Program is a full-time, entry-level registered nurse career opportunity that supports new graduates as they transition from student nurse into the professional nursing role responsible for patient care in a hospital unit. ... Eligibility criteria includes being eligible to graduate from an accredited program or having less than six months experience as a graduate nurse; a 3.0 grade point average; and accepting a two-year commitment. Selection includes an interview with nurse leaders and peers from the care area of choice.”

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