Versant Residency Fellowship 2017 Review

Premier Nursing News     March 2018

By Kimberly Barton, RN, MSN, BSB/A, RN Residency Program Manager 

Maria T. Cosler RN ,MS, RN Residency Program Manager

The Versant Residency Program implemented a great deal of change in 2017. In total, we onboarded 259 new graduate residents with 41 participating in the capstone residency. Currently our total turnover for 2017 is 6 percent, our lowest yet. We continue our partnership with four colleges and universities for the capstone residency and continue to grow participation in this program, – receiving 50 applications for the spring 2018 capstone residency. This is exciting, as capstone turnover is less than 5 percent overall.

In January 2017, we initiated the annual preceptor competency completion with the Preceptor Role Development Program (PRDP). All previous preceptors who attended the workshop and all new preceptors began completing their PRDP as they started precepting any 2017 resident.

In April, we initiated the Transition Fellowship and have onboarded seven fellows to date. The transition fellowship is a program that assists with transitioning experienced nurses with no acute care experience into the hospital setting. The fellowship offers a structured schedule of independent study, mentor/debrief coaching, and clinical time per their unit of hire. Their immersion period is approximately eight to 12 weeks.

In August, we incorporated the Versant Leadership Group into Shared Governance where we report on the four pillars of the residency: supportive components; education/curriculum; preceptors; and recruitment and marketing. Residency metric data is reported following CNO action plans that focus on incivility, turnover, and timely competency validations by preceptors. In response to the incivility focus, Bartonwrote a debriefing session to assist the residents with identifying incivility, having crucial conversations, role-playing in uncivil situations, and self-awareness. Versant requested Kim present the incivility debriefing session she created and explain how/why she implemented it at Premier Health to the residents at their national conference in San Antonio.

Great strides are being made in response to feedback from residents. We changed the residency curriculum by removing multi-specialty classes to independent study with residents documenting learned content and intended practice implementation. That change was made to offer the residents more consistent clinical time before returning for classes.

Going into 2018, we will continue reviewing all aspects of the residency program and making strategic changes to make it even better than 2017.

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