The Critical Care RN Residency Program at Piedmont Hospital is designed for the highly-motivated new graduate nurse who has excelled clinically while attending nursing school, pursued critical care experience during their senior practicum, participated in an ICU externship, and/or worked as a nursing assistant in a critical care area while attending nursing school, and completed electives related to the ICU in their nursing program; or, the experienced nurse who is committed to pursuing critical care as a specialty.
The Critical Care RN Residency Program provides clinical experience as well as classroom instruction time. The one-on-one clinical time involves working with a preceptor who follows an established pathway that focuses on skill acquisition and critical thinking development. Classroom instruction time includes case studies and topics that coincide with assigned modules from AACN’s, “ Essentials of Critical Care Orientation”. The educational format requires the RN Resident to complete weekly pathophysiology study and self-study exams.
During the program, you will receive a staff nurse salary with full-time benefits. The clinical training consists of day, night and weekend shifts, requiring flexibility in your availability to work. This enables the provision of experienced preceptors in each clinical area. Shift differentials are provided when applicable. Upon successful completion of the Critical Care RN Residency program, the resident is guaranteed a staff nurse position in one of the four Critical Care areas. Placement and shift is based upon the staffing needs of the units.
Although the selection process for the Critical Care RN Residency Program is competitive, the program is extremely challenging and rewarding. Panel interviews are conducted by a human resources representative and the clinical managers of the critical care units. A current unrestricted Georgia Nursing License and AHA-approved CPR card is required prior to beginning the Critical Care RN Residency Program.
For questions about any RN Residency Program, please contact the Nursing Development Department at Piedmont Hospital via email at Nursing.Development@piedmont.org