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Nurse Residency Program welcomes all-star class

February 21, 2014

It was a momentous morning Monday, Feb. 17, as 16 registered nurses officially began their careers at Backus, by way of the hospital’s acclaimed Nurse Residency Program.

This group of new clinicians gathered in main lobby conference room one as they learned about the Backus culture, its values and proud history. Rigorous orientation continued through Friday, helping to prepare the nurses for their work in patient care.

Lisa Gilmore, RN, MSN, MBA, CDE, Backus Clinical Leader for Patient Education and organizer of the Residency Program said, “With the growing success of our quality program, it is becoming increasingly competitive. We have an amazing class of nurses reaching from a wide range of terrific colleges and universities. As always, it was difficult to select our residents because we had a large pool of very qualified candidates.”

According to Gilmore, Backus received more than 150 nurse residency applications and interviewed more than 40 applicants. As part of the program, candidates were required to pass each component of a three-part interview process. Of the 16 finalists, roughly 60% of them have earned their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with the rest of the group working toward this degree.

“We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to select the ‘best of the best’ from graduating classes across our region to fill the Residency Program,” said Mary Bylone, RN, MSM, CNML, Hartford HealthCare Regional Vice President, Patient Care Services.

“This consistent infusion of innovators into our nursing community ensures we reach our goals of not only providing the best care, but also employing the best people. Please be sure to open your arms wide and welcome them into practice.”

As part of the 16-week program, nurse residents will spend one day a week in the classroom and four days on clinical units. Following this period, the group will continue to attend monthly seminar days for the next year, where they will receive additional training and mentorship.

Since the program was developed in 2009, this is the ninth group of nurses to train at Backus — with the goal of transitioning to a permanent nursing position at the end of the initial 16-week period. After the successful completion of this phase, the Nurse Residency Program will have trained a total of 153 skilled and confident nurses.

True to its commitment to offer the best possible preparation and instruction, the Nurse Residency Program continues to innovate and includes two new immersion tracks.  Surgical Services and Psychiatric Emergency Services were added to this group’s program, with two residents in each of the new tracks.

Surgical Services resident Jaimice Fine-Clark, RN, said, “This is a natural career progression for me, and I’m really excited about it. Prior to becoming a nurse, I worked as a surgical scheduler. While I was in nursing school, I worked for Dr. Friedman, which made me familiar with some of the other aspects of pre- and post-surgical care.”

“One of the advantages of our program is that it’s able to expand and contract based on organizational and staffing needs,” said Ellen Crowe, RN, BSN, Hartford HealthCare Regional Director, Patient Care Services. “To develop a new immersion track, we work with the specialty area to launch a team of subject matter experts. We then determine how the track will progress and develop track objectives.”

Rather than learning a general curriculum, nurse graduates have the option to choose a track that best suits their professional interests. Depending on need, the Residency Program offers nine tracks including Surgical Services, Operating Room, Med/Surg, Critical Care, Emergency Services, LDRP, Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Emergency Services and Home Health.

“The Surgical Services track is a wonderful opportunity for a new graduate,” said resident Angela Langlais, RN. “I’m really looking forward to learning how to take great care of our patients in the peri-operative setting.”