Overview of the new graduate nursing program at Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare residency is one year.

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Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital residency is one year. This is a UHC AACN™ accredited program.

Emory Healthcare has designed its new graduate nursing program with the intent to fully partner with new nurses in their transition to full-time employment outside of nursing school. With this program, these nurses are greeted with full support during a time of change and learning.

New graduate nurses are hired two times each year. Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital hires new graduate nurses three times per year. At the start of employment, resident nurses (the title of new graduate nurses at Emory Healthcare) are hired onto a specific unit. They begin in one of the following unit-specific orientation programs:

UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program for Resident Nurses: The UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program is an evidence-based program developed by the University HealthSystem Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Emory Healthcare has adopted this program and administers it on-site at Emory Healthcare. It consists of monthly sessions for the first year of practice to support the new nurse residents as they transition into their first professional role in nursing. Outcome data from the residency has demonstrated that, through participation in the residency, residents develop improved confidence, competence, communication skills and leadership capabilities. They also demonstrate a decrease in stress levels. Residency sessions and facilitator support are planned and delivered with the primary goal of assisting the new resident nurse in acquiring the skills necessary to become successful as a full partner of the health care team.

Critical Care: This program includes a clinical orientation with an experienced preceptor and two courses – a basic dysrhythmia course and an introduction to critical care course.

Emergency: This full-time program prepares nurses to function as team members in the emergency department. The program follows the Emergency Nurses Association core curriculum and provides classes along with clinical orientation each week with an experienced preceptor.

Medical-Surgical Subspecialties: This program is designed to provide novice nurses socialization into the medical and post-operative surgical nursing area. The major emphasis is to expand the participant's knowledge base and enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The program is composed of core classes and specialty-specific classes. The content is based on common disease processes, health alterations and therapies seen in orthopaedic, neurologic, gynecologic, plastic, general surgery and general medical patient populations.

Neuroscience: Two residencies are offered in this rapidly expanding specialty area of nursing – a program for novice nurses working in non-ICU neuroscience units and a program for neuroscience ICU. The program includes core classes in neurosciences and preceptor-guided clinical orientation. Participants learn from experienced nurses who provide support and mentoring at the bedside.

Oncology: This program is designed to provide novice oncology nurses with didactic and clinical experience to begin specialization in medical hematology, oncology and marrow/stem cell transplantation.

Perioperative: This course provides instruction on basic theoretical and clinical components of perioperative nursing. The clinical rotation immediately follows.

Rehabilitation: This program is designed to provide both classroom and clinical education in rehabilitation nursing. The course follows the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse core curriculum and prepares nurses for certification.

Women's Services (Mother/Baby, NICU, Antepartum, OB/GYN, L&D): These programs are designed to provide both classroom and clinical education.  

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