Seven registered nurses at HaysMed were honored recently at a recognition ceremony and luncheon. They completed the yearlong RN Residency Program offered at HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System.

The program began in July 2017, and the nurses spent the first three weeks in a classroom setting. The remainder of training focuses on clinical experience, one-on-one mentorship with their preceptor, high-fidelity simulations and on the job training. Additionally, nurses receive training from professionals in several departments, such as radiology, pharmacy, cardiac care, periop and others.

The RN Residency class included Danelle Glines, RN, Tabitha Greathouse, RN, Andrew Heimann, RN, Tara Hoekman, RN, Katie Rabe, RN, Shelby Rohr, RN and Amanda Rudman, RN.

The RN Residency Program at HaysMed is one of only two in the state and has been offered since 2008. Shari Hertel, RN, heads the program and has oversight of all the training. HaysMed also works closely with critical access hospitals in the region through a rural residency program to provide training to nurses practicing in the rural setting.

“The ever-changing health care landscape presents challenges and opportunities to new nursing graduates.” Hertel said. “Our evidenced based residency program goes beyond basic orientation and provides a clinical preceptorship focused not just on delivering competent care, but also in how to develop and grow in the nursing profession. The positive clinical outcomes benefit not only the participating nurses, but also our patients.”

There are 10 nurses scheduled in the next program which begins in July and six nurses enrolled in the Rural Residency program. The program is open to newly graduated RNs.