Program Description and Evaluation
The paid Pediatric Nurse Residency is one-year long with three phases. The program is highly supportive, with sequential learning experiences including didactic classroom lectures, structured computer-based learning, case studies, and clinical experiences incorporating simulations and hands-on technical skill development.
Phase I (0-3 months) is considered the most intensive and rigorous. The first weeks consist of central and unit-based orientation. During Phase I the RN works with a primary preceptor to support clinical competency development. The curriculum includes an extensive array of content pertinent to the pediatric population, clinical skill and RN responsibility within the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Phase II (4-9 months) includes scheduled classroom meetings once every month. These meetings provide peer networking and support sessions, build clinical knowledge, define the professional registered nurse role and further refine clinical skill development. During this phase the RN will have the opportunity to select a "Clinical Challenge." The “Clinical Challenge” assignment is an opportunity for self exploration of a professional practice issue. Prior to completing Phase II the RN will have the opportunity to make a professional presentation to nursing peers.
Phase III (9-12 months) permits the RN to self direct three separate areas of concentrated learning activities to promote his/her professional development via shadow days. Phase III ends with an Evidence- based “Change Project” and presentation to peers and nursing leadership. This project introduces the RN to stakeholder theory and the application of stakeholders in a selected change project.
During the first three months of the program, the nursing intern and RN preceptor complete a bi- weekly customized goal and development plan. Informal talks between the staff development specialists, clinical instructors, clinical coordinators, clinical educators, and professional practice specialists provide feedback on areas of future growth.