Nurse Residency Program/Newly Licensed Registered Nurses
LVHN engages graduate nurses in an evidence-based Nurse Residency Program for the first 12 months of professional nursing practice.
This yearlong program utilizes curriculum from Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The program emphasizes regularly scheduled interactive forums, focused on developing professional nurse competency and confidence as leaders in an ever-changing health care world.
Frequently Asked Questions about the LVHN Nurse Residency Program
Q: What is the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Nurse Residency Program?
A: The LVHN Nurse Residency Program is a yearlong development course that incorporates curriculum from Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). It is considered the gold standard among nurse residency programs and will provide newly licensed nurses with a foundation for leadership and critical thinking.
Q: Who is eligible for the Nurse Residency Program?
A: All newly licensed nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing program within the previous 12 months and starting their first professional nursing role are eligible. This includes bachelor’s prepared nurses (BSN), associate’s degree (AD) and diploma nurses.
Q: What can I expect as a nurse resident at LVHN?
A: You will work in small groups with other nurse residents under the guidance of an experienced nurse resident facilitator. You and fellow nurse residents will meet for educational seminars, peer support discussions and guidance sessions led by your facilitators.
Q: What else is involved?
A: As part of your small group, you and your nurse resident colleagues will develop a clinical, evidence-based performance improvement project, with the goal of identifying and improving patient care, efficiencies or other systems at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Evidence-based performance improvement studies are expected among the professional nursing staff within our network, and have led to enhancements that result in better patient outcomes and greater patient satisfaction.
Q: What if I want to be part of LVHN but I haven’t graduated with my nursing degree yet?
A: Sophomores and juniors that haven’t graduated yet may participate in our Professional Student Nurse Patient Observation Assistant/Professional Student Nursing Assistant (PSPOA/PSNA) programs. These positions allow nursing students to work in an acute hospital setting and gain valuable insight during summer months, holiday breaks or throughout the school year.
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