The ICAHN Rural Nurse Residency Program consists of four face-to-face meetings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., monthly support and clinical story-sharing using technology and online discussion boards on topics of relevance to nursing practice. The Southern ICAHN Rural Nurse Residency Program begins January 19, 2016, and will be held at the Rend Lake Market Place in Mt. Vernon. The Central ICAHN Rural Nurse Residency Program began in September 2015. This year-long nurse residency program is designed to help new nurses transition into clinical practice.
Nurse residents meet monthly via technology for 45 minutes for clinical story-sharing. Nurses can join via computer with webcam or via tablet, IPad, or Smart phone with camera and sound capabilities. Nurses will need to be in a quiet place with internet access. Discussion boards will also be a part of the curriculum for the nurse residents to complete in between face-to-face meetings. Discussion boards use a learning management system with unique login and password to provide secure discussions by the nurse residents.
Program Participant Assignment Login: http://lms.illinoisnetwork.org/oltpublish/theme-lms/cms.do?view=2015 ICAHN Rural Nurse Residency Program
The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network adapted the SOAR-RN (Supporting Onboarding And Retention of Rural Nurses) program provided by Marquette University to meet the needs of critical access hospitals in Illinois. Based on input from those hospitals who participated in the SOAR-RN Program and those interested in offering a nurse residency program, ICAHN developed a model to provide an evidence-based, customized program to help new nurses acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to provide autonomous, safe care.
Nurse residency program are evidence-based support for new nurses transitioning into clinical practice. Upon completion of this program, nurse residents will have increased competency in quality care delivery, critical thinking ability, clinical decision-making capability, organizational integration and retention, skill in using evidence-based information, and a commitment to life-long learning. The value-added return on investment for hospitals includes improved patient safety, enhanced awareness of evidence-based practice, demonstration of organizational commitment, enhanced clinical judgment, and enhanced clinical skills.