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Celebrating our future health care colleagues

Celebrating our future health care colleagues
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital honors RN Residents at Transition Ceremony

Belleville - A Transition Ceremony was held recently for the eleven Registered Nurses who completed St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Versant RN Residency Program.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital announced this innovative and exciting program for new graduate Registered Nurses in July 2006 and it has successfully grown ever since with approximately 179 transitioning from the program since its inception.  A new cohort will start in July with 20 participants.
The Versant RN Residency is a comprehensive, evidence-based onboarding of new graduate nurses that helps them gain the experience, judgment, skills and confidence they need to navigate the complexity of hospital life.

Components of the curriculum include 75% of clinical time and 25% classroom time. Individual preceptor teams as well as individual mentors are assigned to each participant. This innovative, one-on-one attention prevents novice nurses from feeling overwhelmed in their first year of work. Debriefing and colleague support groups are also provided throughout the residency and during their first year at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Residents progress to high competence levels quickly, safely and efficiently.

The Versant RN Residency was the first Residency of this type in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Qualified RN retention is a major goal of hospitals in general, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues to be at the forefront with this progressive and unique program by providing this additional career education opportunity.

“Our residents are hired as full-time colleagues and remain full-time on their unit after they successfully complete the RN Residency,” said Sharon Busch, RN Residency Coordinator. “These new graduates join the many past residents and our other dedicated nursing staff as qualified and independent professional RNs providing region leading health care to our patients.”

Learn more about St. Elizabeth’s RN Residency on website at http://www.hshscareers.jobs/st-elizabeth-training.html or contact Sharon Busch at 618.234.2120, ext. 1098.


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