Nurse Residency Program

The nurse residency program is an extensive orientation of novice nurses with less than one year of experience. This orientation allows them to slowly transition into competent clinical practice. They are assisted through a combination of traditional classroom instruction and preceptor support. This education also includes a basic arrythmia course and ACLS certification.

Residency Program goals:

1. Increasing your clinical skills and helping you develop the technical skills needed for the specialty;
2. Developing your critical thinking skills;
3. Equipping you with effective delegation and organizational skills; and
4. Providing mentorship.
As an RN intern, you initially receive a comprehensive orientation–including a thorough review of policies and procedures, instruction in new technical skills, and experience on a Med-Surg rotation for a twelve week period.
After your twelve weeks on Med Surg you are paired with a trained preceptor in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Department (ED), or Maternal Child Health Department (MCH). You will be on one of three units for a 4 week orientation period prior to rotating to the next unit. On these units you will be given a gradual increase in responsibility over time. You will also receive off-unit experiences such as with the IV competencies and Respiratory Therapy Department teams.

>Internship Requirements:

• Current copy of résume
• Graduate from an accredited school of nursing (ADN or BSN required)
• RN license from the state of VT. prior to beginning employment
• Graduate nurse with less than one year experience
• Two letters of recommendation from employer or school.
• Current AHA BLS Healthcare Provider

North Country Hospital offers comprehensive benefits, incredible career and educational opportunities, and highly competitive salaries.
Nurses who are accepted into North Country Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program are expected to demonstrate the following:
• Successful completion of basic competencies
• Successful completion of a competency skills checklist
• Participation in evaluation sessions (written and verbal) during and at conclusion of the program

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