The nurse residency program at University of Louisville Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a five-year accreditation, the maximum term, from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. CCNE is a leading accrediting body for nurse education and nurse residency programs.
This is considered the industrys gold standard, and provides the metric by which all other residency programs are measured, Velinda J. Block, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, CNO of KentuckyOne Health, said in a news release. Over time, it is our goal to expand the success that has been achieved at ULH to additional sites in KentuckyOne,
The goal of the 12-month program is to further develop and transition new baccalaureate-prepared graduate nurses into the workforce, a key recommendation of the Institute of Medicines landmark report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. In 2010, the inaugural 14 residents were all graduates of the University of Louisville School of Nursing. Since then, more than 250 nurse residents from nursing schools across the country have completed the nurse residency program, according to the release.
Patients have complex healthcare needs, and it can be very demanding for new graduates, Marcia Hern, RN, EdD, CNS, dean and professor, University of Louisville School of Nursing, said in the release. The ULH nurse residency program is an extension of our senior-level transitions to practice course, providing new graduates the additional support they need to be successful.
Hern said the program is similar to the concept of the residency for other health professionals and is moving the nursing profession to a higher level within its scope of practice.
ULH is proud to be a leader in creating thriving workplace experiences; our nurse residents report improved confidence, competence, ability to organize and prioritize, communication, leadership and a reduction in stress levels, ULH CNO Mary Jane Adams, RN, MSN, said in the release.