Excela Health Nurse Residency Program
Excela Health offers a Nurse Residency Program to newly licensed nurses. The goal of the program is to support new nurses as they transition from nursing student to the role of the professional nurse.
The Nurse Residency Program is an 24-month comprehensive program designed to support the development of the new nurse's role as a professional, clinician and leader. There are two distinct phases of the program:
- Phase I encompasses Excela Health general orientation, nursing orientation and clinical orientation with a preceptor on the unit where the new nurse will be working. The goal of Phase I is to welcome new nurses to Excela Health and provide them with the knowledge, tools and support necessary to provide independent, safe and effective patient care. Nurse residents will learn Excela Health policies and procedures of the workplace and identify role expectations for professional nursing practice.
- Phase II, Year One is comprised of 16 hours of interactive classroom education and four, four-hour sessions that occur quarterly over the course of the first year. Phase II education builds upon the development of the new nurse by bridging gaps in clinical competence and reasoning, knowledge and skills. Nurse residents work collaboratively on an evidence-based practice project and have the opportunity to present their project to nursing colleagues and leadership at a celebratory nurse resident recognition event.
- Phase II, Year Two. During the second year, professional development of the new nurse continues with a focus on improving "people skills" to enhance teamwork, refine communication skill, and build positive relationships with others. Opportunities for growth and development at Excela Health will be explored at a nurse resident career advancement seminar.
Loan Forgiveness Program ... For Registered Nurses*
Pursuing a nursing education and subsequent nursing career can be very rewarding ... and expensive. To help ease the burden of school loans accumulated throughout nursing school, Excela Health is introducing its new Loan Forgiveness Program, a way to repay part of those loans while you build your career.
We know that working as a nurse is a great way to help patients, their families and the community in a meaningful way. So, we want to reward your efforts by helping you with your loan balance.
Here's How the Loan Forgiveness Program Works
1. Monthly student loan payments start the month after the nurse-employee completes the six-month introductory period satisfactorily.
2. For eligible nurse-employees, $100 per month is paid directly to the student loan institution of the employee's choice for up to 50 consecutive monthly payments.
3. The nurse-employee must "Meet Expectations" or higher on performance reviews. Those on a Performance Improvement Plan, formal disciplinary action, written warning or above are not eligible.
4. Those who receive the loan forgiveness must remain employed at Excela Health for at lest 12 month after receiving the final loan payment. Those who do not remain for that specified time must repay all loan payments received.
*Also includes full and part-time RNs and weekend RNs who have not utilized the Excela Health Educational Assistance benefit.
Trevor Sheesley, BSN, RN, Float Pool
Excela Health Nursing Staff
This recent letter from Trevor Walker to the Excela Health Chief Nursing Officer discusses his experience in the Nurse Residency Program.
"The Nurse Residency Program at Excela Health was an excellent way to start my nursing career: through wonderful experiences, a plethora of learning opportunities, and the ease of transitioning from a student to a full-fledged RN. I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences while in the Nurse Residency Program and would recommend it to all graduate nurses looking to start their nursing careers in the right direction. Graduate nurses need a strong base on which to build what they learned in school. This is exactly what the program accomplishes. The preceptors assigned to me did an absolutely fabulous job in fostering the nursing mindset and laying the ground work for the last few steps on the path to nursing.
Not only were the clinical experiences fantastic, but so too was the classroom time. These sessions ... helped ensure that all the knowledge gleaned during nursing school is further emphasized and polished throughout the program. This adds yet another layer to ensure each nurse is equipped with every arsenal possible to provide outstanding patient care.
My preceptors are owed a big "thank you" for my early success into nursing ... This, coupled with all the classroom time, the excellent preceptors and the general sense the program instilled showed that we new RNs were cared for, making this a truly enjoyable experience. ... I can give a lot of thanks to the Nurse Residency Program at Excela Health."