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Nurse Residency Program

New graduate nurses should not start their professional journey alone. Here at Rush, our Nurse Residency Program supports the new baccalaureate or master’s-prepared graduate throughout the first year of clinical practice.

We are part of the University Healthsystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (UHC/AACN) Nurse Residency Program. This is a research program looking at best practices for supporting new graduate nurses. The goal is to support your professional transition from the life of a student to that of a practicing professional nurse.

As a new graduate nurse at Rush, participation in monthly residency meetings will be part of your regular work assignment. Your nursing director will support this participation by committing your time to these seminars. Expert nurses lead seminars and special projects emphasizing topics that integrate real-world experience with the application of evidence-based practice. Topics covered may include the following:

  • Patient safety
  • Critical thinking
  • Communicating care
  • Leadership skills
  • Stress management
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Professional career development

All new graduate RNs hired by Rush are automatically enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program.

Learn more about the Rush Nurse Residency Program at Rush

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