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Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, this organization planned to launch a New and Improved Nurse Residency Transition to Practice Program (NRTTPP), designed under the guidelines provided by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program, in July 2020. The organization was committed to excellence in onboarding new nurses to improve retention, RN satisfaction, and patient outcomes. With the closing of nursing schools and the early release of nursing students eligible to begin work in May, accelerated measures were necessary to continue the commitment and offer the NRTTPP. Preceptor standardization, policy revision, and didactic offerings were not finalized. Additionally, the Designated Training Unit for the NRs was repurposed for a COVID Patient Cohort Unit. PPE challenges made utilizing this unit for training no longer practical. Space planning posed new challenges in plans to create a cohesive cohort and to provide adequate socialization. Despite the unsurmountable obstacles, the NRTTPP successfully launched in June 2020.
Maura Cash is the Nurse Residency Program Manager at Kootenai Health. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Education through Northwest Nazarene University and has worked in nursing education for the past 6 years. Maura started her career in Medical Surgical nursing and holds a CMSRN specialty certification. Maura grew up in Coeur d’Alene, ID where she currently resides with her husband and daughter. Together they enjoy many outdoor activities that North Idaho provides.
Nikki Graham has been a nurse for over thirty years with significant experience in nursing education and leadership. Currently, as Director of Nursing Excellence at Kootenai Health in Northern Idaho, Nikki is the Magnet Program Director and has oversight of Nursing Education, Practice and Development, and Student Services. She serves both nationally and locally on several academic and nursing organizational boards and committees. Nikki lives with her partner and dog and can be found outside enjoying the mountains when not at work.
Describe at least 3 elements necessary to include in a Transition to Practice Nurse Residency Program.
Discuss challenges and threats to Nurse Residency socialization and on-boarding during pandemic restrictions.
Describe solutions to challenges and threats to socialization and on-boarding of Nurse Residents during pandemic restrictions.
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