Program Overview

The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is a one-year program that consists of 12 weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions to complete the program. The mission of the program is to empower the new graduate in their transition to independent practice. We create a supportive work environment that allows for safe development of clinical judgment and critical thinking in an evidence-based practice setting. The program is designed to close the experience gap between nursing school and clinical practice through mentorship and ongoing education.

What Our Graduates Say About the Program

  • "Residency at LWRMC helped me channel my nerves and apply my excitement to my job and my patients. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I know I have found my niche and I couldn't be happier." — Grace Tighe, RN
  • "I discovered my love for LWRMC while I was in the Nurse Residency Program. They're an outstanding team." —​ Liezza Tuzhyk, RN

Resident RNs are adult learners who are active participants in the learning process and are responsible for seeking out opportunities to help advance their practice. They work with clinical leaders, who draw from current bedside experience and serve as mentors to guide the RN throughout their time in the Graduate Nurse Residency Program. 

Program Goals

The goals of the Graduate Nurse Residency Program are to:

Build confidence and provide support to the new nurse graduate as they transition to independence in their profession

This is done through w​eekly round-table group discussions and continuing education, includes case studies, field experts and role-play to help participants learn directly from their own experiences and that of their peers.

Promote a safe environment for clinical skill-related growth

Guidance is provided on a range of topics, including respiratory and wound care, cardiology and nutrition. Classroom time builds upon fundamentals and knowledge acquired in nursing school that is applied to the patient at bedside.

Create a successful transition to independent practice and foster career development

Residency builds upon topics in succession to create independent critical thinking and clinical judgement. Special focus is given to each new graduate according to their individual interests and goals.


Curriculum

The Graduate Nurse Residency Program is a one-year program that consists of 12 weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions to complete the program.

Weekly Seminars

  • Held the first 12 weeks of the program.
  • Build confidence in new practice and provide support during the transition to your new profession.
  • Through weekly round-table group discussions and continuing education, residency assists new graduates in learning from their own personal experiences as well as from their peers. Our unique program utilizes case studies, role play and field experts to increase confidence in their role.

Monthly Seminars

Monthly seminars cover a range of topics from various service lines. These may include: Breast Health, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Laboratory Services, Electroencephalography, Emergency Services, Gastroenterology, Medical Surgical Services, Obstetrics, Orthopaedic Services, Physical Therapy, Radiology, Respiratory Services, Sleep Center, Stroke Services, Surgery, Women's Services or Wound Care.

Transition to Practice Breakfast

  • Held upon conclusion of weekly seminars, after the first 12 weeks of the program.
  • Celebrates residents moving from the classroom into practice.

Benefits of the Program

Benefits of the Graduate Nurse Residency Program include:

  • Competitive pay, benefits and paid time off
  • Small community hospital with many opportunities for hands-on training
  • Supportive environment including personalized weekly one-on-one coaching
  • Helps bridge the gap between nursing school and clinical practice
  • Learn one-on-one with service line leaders

Application Process

  • Applicants must be a recent graduate of an accredited ADN or BSN program and have a current unencumbered Florida license.
  • This program requires a two-year commitment, which consists of advanced classroom and clinical skills training on a regularly scheduled basis during the first year, followed by an additional year of employment. Please Note: Upon acceptance to the program, new hires will be required to sign a commitment letter.
  • To apply to the program, search for graduate residency positions on our careers website and provide the required information.

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Contact Information

For more information about the Graduate Nurse Residency program, please contact JoAnn Dillon, HR Manager, at joann.dillon@lwrmc.com.