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Nurse Residency Program graduates first group of nurses

Sep 10, 2021, 12:53 PM
The first group of 24 nurses to enter Skagit Regional Health’s Nurse Residency Program graduated in August after a full year of additional training and mentorship.
Nurse Residency

The first group of 24 nurses to enter Skagit Regional Health’s Nurse Residency Program graduated in August after a full year of additional training and mentorship. The organization currently has 71 nurse residents at different stages of the program and is hiring for cohorts five and six in the program.

During the one-year program, nurse residents complete monthly education including classroom sessions, simulation and patient experiences to advance their knowledge, skills and confidence in the complex healthcare setting. Each nurse resident will also have a skilled preceptor to help provide support.

“We are so excited to have a program that will support our Nurse Residents as they transition from student nurse to Registered Nurse,” said Michelle Marty, Director of Clinical Practice and Education/Acute Care at Skagit Regional Health.

Katie Comstock, RN, an acute care nurse at Cascade Valley Hospital, was delighted to participate in the residency, after searching for the right career in the healthcare field. She recalls participation in the Operating Room rotation when she made an important realization.

“It wasn’t the OR rotation that pulled me in, it was the people,” she said. “Some absolutely amazing people, who were loving and close-knit, working together to truly care for the patients.”

Comstock said she highly recommends the program.

“The year of residency was pretty much everything we were told it would be. There were challenges, days when we wondered what we got ourselves into and days where we left knowing that, despite the hard work, we did good and right by our patients,” she said.

Participants must be post-baccalaureate and associate degree nurses with less than six months experience and be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Washington. They will participate in a curriculum and program structure following the Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nurses model.

Applications for additional, future cohorts of students will be accepted. Learn more about the Nurse Residency Program on our website, or email questions to HR@skagitregionalhealth.org.

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Nurse Residency Program graduates first group of nurses

Sep 10, 2021, 12:53 PM
The first group of 24 nurses to enter Skagit Regional Health’s Nurse Residency Program graduated in August after a full year of additional training and mentorship.
Nurse Residency

The first group of 24 nurses to enter Skagit Regional Health’s Nurse Residency Program graduated in August after a full year of additional training and mentorship. The organization currently has 71 nurse residents at different stages of the program and is hiring for cohorts five and six in the program.

During the one-year program, nurse residents complete monthly education including classroom sessions, simulation and patient experiences to advance their knowledge, skills and confidence in the complex healthcare setting. Each nurse resident will also have a skilled preceptor to help provide support.

“We are so excited to have a program that will support our Nurse Residents as they transition from student nurse to Registered Nurse,” said Michelle Marty, Director of Clinical Practice and Education/Acute Care at Skagit Regional Health.

Katie Comstock, RN, an acute care nurse at Cascade Valley Hospital, was delighted to participate in the residency, after searching for the right career in the healthcare field. She recalls participation in the Operating Room rotation when she made an important realization.

“It wasn’t the OR rotation that pulled me in, it was the people,” she said. “Some absolutely amazing people, who were loving and close-knit, working together to truly care for the patients.”

Comstock said she highly recommends the program.

“The year of residency was pretty much everything we were told it would be. There were challenges, days when we wondered what we got ourselves into and days where we left knowing that, despite the hard work, we did good and right by our patients,” she said.

Participants must be post-baccalaureate and associate degree nurses with less than six months experience and be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Washington. They will participate in a curriculum and program structure following the Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nurses model.

Applications for additional, future cohorts of students will be accepted. Learn more about the Nurse Residency Program on our website, or email questions to HR@skagitregionalhealth.org.