Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Valentine, PhD, RN, (left) and Nurse Residency Program Director Rita Linus, MSN, RN-BC, take a moment during the Nurse Residency Graduation held last month at Lankenau Medical Center. Some 91 new nurse graduates from across Main Line Health celebrated the completion of a year-long transition program from college to the clinical environment as RNs.
Some 91 MLH nurses graduated from the University HealthSystem Consortium and American Association of Colleges of Nursing Nurse Residency program in August. The residency program pulls nurses from Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Paoli and Riddle Hospitals. The celebration took place at Lankenau.
The program, developed by representatives of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and their affiliated schools of nursing, is a one-year program designed to ease the transition to practice for new graduate nurses.
Led by Rita Linus, MSN, RN-BC, Nurse Residency Director, the program joins nurses with a dedicated facilitator every other month for eight hours over the course of a year. The curriculum includes patient outcomes, professional development and leadership. At the completion of the program, nurses are required to have worked on an evidence-based practice project and do a poster presentation sharing their findings, as well as a career development plan.
RNs with less than 12 months of acute care experience are accepted into the program, which is a requirement at all MLH hospitals. For this graduating class, nurses hired externally must have a BSN; nurses hired from within Main Line Health could possess a BSN, Associate’s or diploma in Nursing.
“In the year that Main Line Health instituted the BSN hiring requirement for new and external nurse graduates, the level of nursing research and impact on patient care continues to rise,” says Nancy Valentine, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Main Line Health.
“I applaud this year’s graduates and all of our nurses for how they think ahead of the game and go above and beyond in enhance patient care provide,” Valentine adds.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a non-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery. Main Line Health, with over 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, provides the area’s most advanced medicine, as well as health-centered care, education and research to help our community stay well ahead on the path to life-long health.
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