The Nurse Residency Program:
Evidenced-Based Nurse Residency Program for RNs!
the Nurse Residency Program
The Lee Health
Program is a cutting edge, evidence-based nurse residency
program for newly licensed nurses, nurses wishing to change
specialties, and nurses returning to the acute-care setting
after an extended leave. Nurses hired into the Nurse Residency Program will receive
needed support, education, professional development and
Each nurse resident, in the
Nurse Residency Program, will receive an in-depth
assessment of their critical thinking skills that are necessary
for success in acute-care. This assessment will guide nurse
educators in the development of an individualized orientation
plan for each nurse resident.
Lee Health's Nurse Residency Program's main objective is to help transition the
nurse resident into a safe, competent, confident and satisfied independent
nurse! The first year of practice can be a stressful time for
new grads, so all participants in the Nurse Resident Program will also be
assigned an Resident Development Specialist (RDS) to ensure
oversight of their development and to provide support and
In addition, the Nurse Residency
Program offers experienced nurses the opportunity to bridge to a higher level of
acuity, thus promoting clinical advancement and career growth. The prgram also
supports nurses who are returning to the bedside. Experienced nurses would apply
to the Experienced Nurse Bridge Residency.
How Will the
Nurse Residency Program Help Me Reach My
Nurse Residency Program is a truly individualized program, the classroom
content and clinical experiences have been designed to be
tailored to the unique needs of each nurse resident.
The Nurse residents will be introduced to
professional practice and explore such topics as:
• Delegation, Prioritization, the Lee Health Care Model, Ethics, Cardiac Rhythm
recognition, and Journal Clubs
• Sabotage Savvy/Conflict Management
• Reflective Learning
• Evidence-Based Practice
In the weeks
that follow, each nurse resident will work side-by-side with an
experienced nurse, referred to as a Clinical Coach, who enjoys
working with nurse residents and who has completed additional education
to prepare for the role.
Nurse Residency Program there is not a pre-determined length of time allotted
for a nurse resident to transition to independent practice. We have
found that the typical length of time for orientation may extend
from 6-20 weeks, depending on the practice area and the needs of
The RDS will meet with the
nurse resident on a regular basis, at least
daily or weekly at first, to ensure a smooth transition to
independent practice. The RDS will then continue to work with
the nurse resident for a period of two years to assist with professional
development, career planning and mentorship.
• Emergency Department
• Intensive Care
• Labor and Delivery/ Mom-Baby
• Neonatal Intensive Care
• Operating Room
• Pediatric Intensive Care
• Progressive Care
Dialysis, Home Health
Lee Health has
four acute care, and two specialty hospitals. They are: Cape
Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical
Center, Lee Memorial Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of
Southwest Florida, and the Rehabilitation Hospital.ital of
Southwest Florida, and the Rehabilitation Hospital.
How Do I Apply to the
Nurse Residency Program?
For the first five days of most months,
newly licensed nurse candidates should apply online at www.leememorial.org . There will only be one “Resident/RN”
position that is posted for all to apply. Experienced nurses interested in the Nurse
Bridge Residency should apply to one job posting, "Experienced Nurse/Specialty
In order for the application to be approved and accepted,
candidates must be currently licensed to practice nursing in
Florida, and hold a current American Heart Association Basic
Life Support card valid for at least 90 days from the hire date.
tion BasicOnce the online application is approved and accepted, the
candidate may be contacted by phone for a brief interview by a
nurse recruiter in Human Resources. Several more interviews will
be conducted during the selection process, as Lee Health places a high
value on hiring the best candidates for our nurse residency program.
Due to the huge investment in each individual
development, a work commitment agreement will be
required upon hire into the Nurse Residency Program.
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