The Acute Care RN Residency Program at Piedmont Hospital is for new graduate nurses, nurses with less than one year hospital experience or experienced nurses who are interested in changing specialty areas. The program is designed to help the Resident attain more clinical experience, knowledge of pathophysiology, and critical thinking skills to facilitate transition into the Acute Care specialty area.
The Acute Care RN Residency Program provides clinical experience and instruction while giving the participant the experience on an Acute Care Unit. The one-on-one clinical education provided in each acute area is formally structured using pathways and specific timelines. The educational format requires the RN Resident to complete daily pathophysiology study and self-study exams throughout the clinical rotations.
Classroom study includes in-services from Wound Care Specialists, Stroke Specialists and more. Upon successful completion of the Acute Care RN Residency Program, the resident is guaranteed a staff nurse position in an Acute Care area. Placement and shift is based upon the staff needs of the units.
During the program, the Resident will receive a staff nurse salary with full-time benefits. The clinical training may consist of day, night and weekend shifts. This enables the provision of experienced preceptors in each clinical area but also requires flexibility on the Residents' part. Shift differentials are provided when applicable.
Although the selection process for the Acute Care RN Residency Program is competitive, the program is extremely challenging and rewarding. Panel interviews are conducted by the coordinator of the Acute Care RN Residency Program and clinical managers of various acute care units. Nursing students or graduates who have not yet received a license may apply and interview. However, a current unrestricted Georgia Nursing License and AHA-approved CPR card is required prior to beginning the Acute 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