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Support for You While You Care for Others

FMC’s graduate nurse residency program serves as a bridge for new nurses between school and clinical practice. The program assists new nurses with the challenges you will face with starting a new job at a new facility, adjusting to a high-stress work environment, managing insecurity and fear, and the diverse emotions involved with the first year of nursing. 

You will be provided with a strong support system, including: 

  • Graduate nurse residency facilitator
  • Preceptor
  • Fellow unit staff
  • Resource nurses
  • Team leads
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Unit educator
  • Fellow nurse residents

To learn more about the graduate nurse residency program, call 740-687-6941.

Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Learn about the graduate nurse residency program from previous participants, program coordinator and managers.

Program Benefits

In addition to reinforcing clinical skills, the graduate nurse residency program connects you with a cohort of peers who are facing similar challenges experienced in the first year of nursing. You will also learn the soft skills necessary for successfully communicating with patients, family members, physicians and fellow nurses. 

Additional benefits include:

  • Support from peers and leaders throughout your residency and career
  • Tools and resources required to be successful as you advance
  • Guidance and insight from people who have been through the process previously
  • Confidence to grow and reach your full potential as a nurse
  • Enhanced critical thinking skills
  • Improved patient outcomes

How does the program work?

Nurses who have been licensed for less than a year are automatically entered into the program upon being hired or obtaining their license.  

The year-long program consists of monthly online and in-person learning requirements designed to fit around your busy schedule.

Program stages include:

  • Graduate nurse orientation
  • Structured unit orientation focused on critical thinking, clinical reasoning and skill acquisition
  • Clinical enrichment classes
  • Professional development classes

“They wanted to help. I wasn’t just somebody who was here to clock in and clock out. They wanted to keep you here, and they wanted to invest in success for you. And I just felt like, that’s part of the reason I’m still here after all this time.”

– FMC Graduate Nurse Residency Program Graduate and six-year Staff RN

What can I expect to learn?

The goal of the graduate nurse residency program is to identify and address clinical and interpersonal knowledge gaps. Some specific areas covered include: 

  • Professional communication
  • Prioritization
  • Delegation
  • Critical thinking and clinical decision making skills
  • Building confidence as a new nurse
  • Coping with death and dying
  • Dealing with difficult patients and families
  • Ready, Set, Code drills
  • Skill development through hands-on demonstrations and simulation

To learn more about the graduate nurse residency program, call 740-687-6941.