Broward Health Nurse Residency program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base, skill set and structured support needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. The residency program supplements the traditional hospital and unit orientations. One of the primary goals of the program is to improve the residents’ critical thinking skills and ability to manage outcomes data to promote patient safety.
Broward Health’s Nurse Residency Program is designed in conjunction with the Galen Center for Professional Development. The focus of the program content is on development of residents’ leadership skills, clinical competence, application of outcomes data to patient care improvements and professional development. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and “real-life” professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art care.
Broward Health's Nurse Residency Program provides classes on a quarter systems with cohorts beginning in February, April, July and October of each year. To apply, please visit www.browardhealth.org. If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Jones, Coordinator Nurse Residency Programs at 954-888-3519.
|Application Window||Proposed Cohort Dates|
|December 2016||February 2017|
|February 2017||April 2017|
|May 2017||July 2017|
|August 2017||October 2017|
The Nurse Residency Program at Broward Health is a structured competency based immersion orientation program. The year-long program provides a series of learning experiences designed to support new nurses as they transition into professional nursing practice.
You may interview and be offered a position contingent upon passing the NCLEX, however, you must have an active license prior to your first day of employment. Students looking to start after licensure will be able to apply to the next Nurse Residency Program cohort offered.
ASN and BSN graduates are all eligible for the program. It is expected that ASN graduates will be committed to completion of the BSN degree within five years.
The first week of employment will be full time, 8-4:30pm weekdays. When you begin the unit orientation you will work the same hours as your Clinical Coach. Once orientation to the unit is completed, you will move to the regularly scheduled pattern of shifts for your position. Time dedicated to the Residency Program activities will be accommodated in your schedule.
All hours worked during the residency are paid at your regular the hired RN rate.
Yes, paid leave and requests for time off will follow Broward Health policies.
No, this program complements and supplements the traditional orientation. All new graduates will complete the traditional orientation which has class, online and clinical practice experiences. The orientation will take place on the clinical unit for which the nurse is hired.
The Resident applies to a specific clinical area and remains in that clinical area for the duration of the Nurse Residency Program to provide optimal clinical experiences.
The Program Coordinator of the Nurse Residency Program, unit Clinical Specialists, Clinical Coaches, Debriefers and Mentors for each clinical area have experience in transitioning new nurses from students to professionals and in the clinical specialty areas they support.
The Managers participate in the interviewing and selection process for all of the Residents in her/his assigned clinical unit. In addition, the Managers are responsible for scheduling, facilitating the individualized preceptor experience, continuously revising the unit-specific orientation pathways, and evaluating the progress of each assigned Nurse Resident.
The Managers have the overall responsibility to ensure that the Nurse Residency Program provides the socialization, clinical and educational experiences for the professional growth and development of new graduate nurses at Broward Health.
Each resident is expected to complete assigned E-Learning Modules focusing on specific barriers nurse face in meeting quality and safety standards and provide successful strategies and interventions intended to increase patient safety, reduce hospital associated conditions, increase core measure compliance, and increase patient satisfaction.
E-Learning Module topics include:
Monthly seminar days begin with a facilitated discussion of the residents’ experiences since the last seminar. This time allows the residents to share concerns, fears and frustrations and to ask questions. Many residents identify this part of the seminar as the most important to them.
After the discussion segment of the seminar, the focus turns to application of curriculum content to actual complex clinical scenarios.
Seminar topics include:
Residents will select / or be assigned a mentor to serve as a resource to promote professional growth and participate in hospital-wide and unit based councils to drive evidence-based quality improvements.
Engagement topics include:
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