Two nurses begin a new Nurse Residency Program at UT Health Center

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Two nurses are beginning a brand new Nurse Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

The program is an initiative of the University Health System Consortium, a collaboration between UTHSCT and The University of Texas at Tyler.

The Nurse Residency Program at UTHSCT, which officially begins Wednesday, June 27, is designed primarily for nurses with baccalaureate degrees as they move into their first professional position in an acute care setting.

The two new nurse residents are Guerda Johnson, who has a bachelor’s of science in nursing from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The University of Texas at Tyler, and Liza Delgado, who has an associate degree in nursing from Tyler Junior College.

“This program is a tool to ease the transition from student to professional nurse and to decrease job turnover for the novice and advanced beginner nurse. It provides a state-of-the-art residency for nurses, a residency program that has been field tested and proven effective by the consortium,” said Kleanthe Caruso, vice president for patient care operations and chief nursing officer at UTHSCT.

The one-year program enables entry level or advanced beginner nurses to develop effective decision-making skills and improve their clinical judgment and performance. It includes units on leadership, patient outcomes, and the professional role of nurses.

In addition, nurses learn how to incorporate research-based evidence into the care they give patients. And they gain the ability to create their own career plans.

To be considered for the residency program, preference will be given to nurses who:

  • have earned a bachelor’s of science in nursing or graduated from a master’s entry into practice program from an accredited institution within the previous six months;
  • hold an RN license or a temporary permit to practice;
  • are willing to commit to the one-year residency program requirement; and
  • work full time and actively participate in all learning experiences.

The next residency class will begin in January 2008. Information about that class and how to apply for it is already available.

For more information, call (903) 877-5737.

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