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Ellis Medicine Nurse Residency Program

Nursing Residency

Ellis Medicine is committed to assisting graduate nurses with transitioning to practice as a Registered Nurse.  We have created a Nurse Residency program that begins with Orientation and extends for 16-weeks to provide opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines within Ellis that support Patient and Family Centered Care and Patient Experience.  We utilize trained preceptors throughout this time to support the new graduate as they begin their practice at the bedside.

The program is based on the Transition to Practice model provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Key themes of this program are:  Patient-Centered Care; Communication and Team Work; Evidence-Based Practice (EBP); Quality Improvement; and Informatics.  An intense 2-week program is followed by weekly sessions offering the new graduate many opportunities to integrate with other departments that will support their practice and patient care, and exploring topics to support critical thinking development.  Following the 16-weeks, the cohort will be supported through quarterly sessions to further develop concepts related to EBP and process improvement strategies.  Journaling is encouraged to assist the new graduate with reflection and further develop their critical thinking.

New graduates will also meet with the Chief Nursing Officer quarterly to informally discuss their transition to practice and the future of nursing.

Ellis Medicine hires graduate nurses based on applicant resume and interview – following background check, and meeting of hire eligibility for the organization.  To support improved patient outcomes, we follow the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations related to increasing the number of baccalaureate nurses.  Therefore, we do hire with a preference for baccalaureate in nursing degree for acute care settings.  Associate degree prepared nurses are considered on an individual basis based on previous experiences, and other educational degrees, with an expectation that they complete a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

At Ellis we have adopted the Careful Nursing Model.  This is woven throughout our program to assist the graduate nurses with visualizing the effect of the practice model on the care delivery system and their specific patient care planning.

Comments from our Nursing Residents

“The Residency Program provides you with a network of other new grads.  Over the course of the program we became friends, and moving forward I had familiar faces across the hospital.  These were people I could talk with about the struggles of being new.”

“The Residency Program was very helpful in helping me know and understand how to care for my patient.  Seeing a hip replacement in the OR, I know and understand why my patients on A3 have a lot of pain post op.  The Residency helped me be a better nurse.”

“Going to other units, meeting the other sides of the Health Care System, and exchanging expertise have definitely helped me grow not just as a RN, but as part of the Ellis Medicine staff.  Diana and Joan have made this experience great.  Knowing that we have support makes a great difference.  Even though the Thursday’s long-talks can seem exhausting, at the end of the day they do make me feel more confident and knowledgeable.”

“The Nurse Residency Program at Ellis has helped make the transition from nursing school to the “real life” nursing easier.  I appreciate having Thursday’s sessions where I observed different specialties in the hospital.”


To provide this intense support, we have developed the program to be offered twice during the summer and also following the winter graduations.  Please contact our Nurse Recruiter to indicate your interest and share your graduation dates.