Friday, May 17, Humboldt General Hospital celebrated four new nurses who
came through a robust year-long clinical orientation and professional
development program with flying colors.
Two years ago, Humboldt General Hospital began the 12-month Nurse Residency
Program to both educate and support new graduate nurses and nurses transitioning
to a new area of practice, and according to HGH Nurse Educator Tina Wilson,
it has been an amazing success.
“The program is meant to be intensive,” she said, “and
that means it requires a lot of effort, both from our graduates and from
their support staff.”
Wilson said she has been very impressed with graduates from the program
so far. “This is our second team of graduates since we began and
I just want to thank the girls for their hard work and all the staff that
have supported them.”
May 17, Jessica Grannis (ER), Marina Lopez (Acute Department), Melissa
Jimenez (OB) and Bianca Garcia (OR) were recognized during the hospital’s
annual “Employee Recognition Dinner.”
According to HGH Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Bryan, who presented the
nurses with a graduation certificate and flowers, the young women not
only took advantage of all the clinical and professional development opportunities
available through the program, but they each completed a major capstone
project that will help their fellow nurses improve patient care.
The program includes a structured clinical orientation where nurse residents
take part in education through simulation, skills days and subject matter
presentations based on nationally recognized best practices.
Additionally, nurse residents participate in professional development where
they explore their roles as nurses as well as how to integrate nursing
theory into their everyday practice. According to Wilson, goal-setting
and accountability are foundational to the program’s success.
Now that the four nurses have successfully completed their residency, Wilson
said they graduate to staff level at Humboldt General Hospital; they also
may have the opportunity to precept future generations of new or transitioning nurses.
“We are very proud of these girls and their amazing progress over
the past year,” said Wilson. “Graduating from nursing school
is just the first step toward becoming a nurse. The next step is to understand
you have a lifetime of learning ahead of you, and for us at HGH, that
begins with the nurse residency program.”