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DescriptionJob Schedule: Full Time
Are you ready to start your RN career, but need experience to reach your goal of working on a Med/Surg floor, Emergency Department, or Critical Care unit? Backus Hospital offers employment opportunities through a unique program designed to bridge the gap between nursing school training and actual nursing practice in an acute-care setting.
The Backus Nurse Residency Program builds on the newly-licensed nurse’s previous academic knowledge by providing in-depth learning through clinical immersion, simulation training and classroom-style activities. Some of these learning activities include emergency situations, effective communication, documentation, time management, mandated reporter training, and many more.
Nurse Residents will select a specialty track in which they will receive focused clinical education and mentoring, sharing a patient assignment with a Clinical Partner for approximately 12 weeks. The specialty tracks offered will vary based on the needs of the hospital. Previous tracks that have been offered include: Medical/Surgical & Telemetry, Critical Care (CCU), Psychiatric, Surgical and Emergency Services. In addition to clinical immersion on the track units, Nurse Residents meet weekly in a classroom format to share experiences and receive additional education and training.
Following successful completion of the Clinical Immersion phase, Nurse Residents will transition to their staff position. Nurse Residents are expected to be able to work any shift (Days, Evenings, or Nights), and the ability to maintain a flexible schedule is required. Professional development opportunities will be provided to Nurse Residents for the remainder of the one-year period through seminars, simulations, and monthly check-in meetings with Clinical Coaches and Educators.
Upcoming Nurse Resident Program start dates are July 20 and October 26, 2020. May 2020 graduates are encouraged to apply ASAP.
Admission to the Backus Nurse Residency Program is highly competitive. Online applications are continually accepted and new graduates are encouraged to apply prior to graduation.
In addition to the online application, the following must be emailed to:
• Nursing School Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
• Essay answering the following questions (500 word maximum for all answers)
o Why draws you to the Backus Community?
o What qualities do you possess to contribute to your success in a nurse residency program?
o Do you have a specialty area you are primarily interested in?
Education: Graduate of a school of nursing, BSN preferred
Experience: New RN Graduate or less than one year experience in an acute care setting as an RN. Previous acute care experience or experience in another health field preferred.
License and Certification:
Active State of CT RN license OR new graduates may start under Graduate Nurse status (per the State of CT DPH guidelines) but MUST successfully complete first NCLEX testing no later than 60 days from nurse resident program start date or 90 days from your graduation date, whichever occurs first.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) upon hire.
Ability to obtain and maintain department specific certifications.
By completing the Nurse Residency Program, newly-licensed nurses are able to competently and safely manage a full patient assignment with confidence, and will be well-positioned to become future leaders in the nursing profession.