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Fort HealthCare (FHC) is pleased to offer a comprehensive education & development, 1-year Nurse Residency Program to newly employed Fort HealthCare nurses.  The overarching goal of the Nurse Residency Program is to support the new nurses’ transition from nursing school into practice while following Fort HealthCare’s mission – Improve the Health and Well-being of Our Community. 

Program Goals

  • Support new graduates in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  • Facilitate development of leadership skills and nursing professional development.
  • Review & utilize evidence-based practices while supporting clinical thinking/judgment and decision-making skills to provide quality, safe care with optimal patient outcomes

Program Benefits

  • Increase recruitment of newly licensed nurses and a reduction in new nurse turnover.
  • Encourage collaborative relationships with FHC leaders and their peers.
  • Develop critical thinking & critical judgment skills through the provided active learning opportunities.

Entrance Recommendations

  • Recent graduate (of up to one year after graduation) with a degree from an accredited ADN or BSN program.
  • New to the acute care setting of nursing.
  • Support and guidance from Departmental Management Team for a one-year commitment.
  • RNs, which have greater than one year of experience or are NOT new to the organization, and LPNs are invited to participate in program topics as deemed appropriate by their department director/manager.

Nurse Residency Program Schedule

First Wednesday/month; 8a – 3p: Learning Center
Classes are held in the Learning Center/Classroom A.  The program incorporates various presentations by FHC leaders and active learning opportunities such as case studies, simulation, small group discussions in a supportive environment.

Overarching Program Topics

  • Stress Reduction/Management
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Resiliency Training
  • Population Health Overview
  • Community Health & Wellness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Generational Differences
  • Leadership Enhancement
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Professional Image
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Shared Governance
  • Body Systems Review
  • Diversity of the Care Environment
  • Regulations & Risk Management
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Infection Prevention Practices
  • Pain Management
  • Responding to Emergencies
  • End of Life

Contact Information

Your department Director/Manager or Lisa Rudolph, MSN, RN, Education Services Manager