Seven nurses in the RN Residency Program at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., recently completed their first full year as nurses.
The RN Residency program gave us the opportunity to meet with other graduates that we could relate to, Elizabeth Theil, RN, resident in the Womens Health Pavilion, said in a news release. Sharing our struggles and triumphs was helpful in improving ourselves and preparing for our future careers as nurses.
The transition of student nursing graduates to experienced, professional nurses requires gaining clinical experience and adapting to a work setting.
Learning to function in a work environment was easier than I thought it would be, Theil said in the release. We observed [nurses on] our individual units consistently throughout the program, which allowed us to already be familiar with the necessary skills and policies.
Natalie Smolko, RN, resident in the ICU, said in the release that the support from experienced nurses gave her confidence and helped her find her way.
Knowing that I was a new graduate from the residency program, everybody in the ICU made an effort to take me under their wing, she said in the release. They always reached out and asked me if I ever needed help with anything.
Jennifer Hargreaves, RN, BA, clinical education specialist, said in the release that the program has proven to be successful in transitioning the new nurses into their professional roles.
We congratulate the 2012 RN residents for successfully finishing their first full year as nurses at Beebe Medical Center, Hargreaves said in the release. We are honored to have them here.