The Nurse Residency Program at Central Maine Healthcare is a formal education program designed to extend the graduate nurse’s basic nurse education and skills and support them in the transition to professional nurse throughout a 12-month program. All nurses entering Central Maine Healthcare with less than one year of experience will be enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program, including all Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.
The residency focuses on providing a culture that prioritizes and supports professional growth and learning. Our nurse residents are the future of healthcare in our community, so it is essential to provide them with the tools, training, and support they need for their success as they begin a new career.
The 12-month program consists of a standardized orientation comprised of organizational onboarding, skill acquisition rotations, regularly scheduled Professional Development Sessions, and frequent check-in with the Residency Program staff. Our goal is to integrate new nurses into our team while giving them the confidence, support, and education to succeed in their careers.
Benefits of a Nurse Residency Program
The Nurse Residency Program is a proven, evidence-based curriculum designed by Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). We provide a one-on-one clinical experience with preceptors and ongoing support from experienced mentors, educators, and leadership. Initial structured skill acquisition education in the clinical setting supports the transition to practice based on quality safety initiatives. In addition, the residency provides foundational learning experiences and builds confidence before caring for a patient assignment.
Throughout the 12-month program, we offer multidisciplinary year-round integration of professional development sessions focused on enhancing clinical thinking, clinical judgment, skill development, knowledge application, and professional growth. Providing professional development strengthens commitment to nursing as a professional career as a life-long learner.
As part of the residency, we support evidence-based practice through an evidence-based project. Research shows that evidence-based practice directly links practice outcomes and care provided to improve health outcomes and reduce variation in patient care.
Go to Careers – myworkdayjobs.com and complete a New Graduate Nurse (RN) application