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Professional Development Programs for RNs

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the nursing profession in many ways. If anything, good nurses are in greater demand than ever before. RNs – whether entry-level or experienced – have their choice of opportunities. So, why choose Memorial?

“We are making education and professional growth key components of our offering to nurses and nurses-to-be,” says Valarie Grumme, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, Nurse Fellowship Program Director at Memorial. “It is how we will attract, retain and grow talented nurses for challenging specialties.” Memorial’s approach is three-fold, with opportunities for nursing students, new graduates and experienced nurses alike.

“We’re offering scholarships to top-performing nursing students who are pursuing a BSN degree,” explains Grumme. “Academic partnerships enable students to gain valuable clinical experience in a variety of departments at Memorial. They also have socialization experiences, working with nursing leaders and immersing themselves into our culture.”

For new nurses, Memorial offers a Nurse Residency Program. This is a one-year transitional program to teach evidence-based clinical knowledge and critical thinking, along with interpersonal skills, time management and other soft skills.

We are also excited to be starting our second RN Fellowship Program cohort in December 2021. Nurses with at least one year of experience will be learning how to advance their careers in Critical Care, Emergency Services, Oncology, L&D, OR, PACU, and CVI/IR.

The program includes a specialty orientation, simulation training, hands-on practice, bi-monthly seminars and more. Nurses will also have the opportunity to complete an evidence-based practice project and participate in a specialty certification review course before sitting for exams. Additional cohorts will be scheduled for 2022, with new tracks to be determined based on the organization’s needs. Applications open August 9th.

All programs are supported by a team of accomplished CNOs, Directors of Education, and Clinical Nurse Educators at each Memorial hospital location. “This focus on employee growth and development is also key to retaining our own high-quality workforce,” says Grumme. “Our leaders are creative in their approach to identifying and recruiting the best nurses … as well as keeping them here.”

Explore Memorial’s educational programs, as well as opportunities for experienced nurses who want to join a smart, fast, high-tech culture.

 

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Leading with Trends in Nursing Education

Memorial Healthcare System is a destination for ambitious nurses who want to be part of a culture of learning and education. Our RNs practice at the top of their license receiving the support they need to excel within our professional nursing model. We are committed to growing the skill and knowledge of new nurses and experienced RNs alike.

“Residencies, fellowships, mentorships, and other newly emerging programs are a must to create the nursing leaders of tomorrow,” says Maggie Hansen, RN, MHSC, BSN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Memorial. “Today’s practice environment is complex, with a continued influx of new technologies. We want our nurses to embrace advancements, including mobile devices, to maximize patient care and safety.”

“We’ve always known that nurses are flexible, agile and incredibly persistent. We need to leverage those attributes to shape the future of healthcare. That’s why we have created a Nurse Residency Program for graduate nurses, along with a RN Fellowship Program for experienced nurses who want to learn a new specialty. We’re also offering scholarships to nurses who are pursuing their BSN degree.”

All of these programs offer the potential for a rewarding career at Memorial, where retaining top nursing talent is of key importance. Leadership is always looking for new ways to invest in nurses, financially and otherwise.

“Supporting the resilience of our nurses in the face of personal and professional stress is a must,” says Hansen. “Working through COIVD-19 has impacted the mental health of caregivers around the world. We are committed to providing what RNs need to thrive post pandemic. That includes gratitude. And I, for one, thank all nurses for remaining committed to the profession.”

Nurses who want to work in a culture that promotes smarter healthcare are encouraged to apply online. Memorial is where you can practice at the top of your license … and grow as far as you want.

 

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A Message from Our President

A Culture of Smarter Healthcare.

A culture of “Smarter Healthcare” is part of our service vision. It’s a promise to our patients, their families and the community at large. They know they can put their trust in us for the latest in healthcare innovation.

To our employees, Smarter Healthcare is all about improving the way we deliver care. That means investing in new technologies and opportunities, including programs that support our team’s drive for growth and progress.

This ongoing quest for greater skill and knowledge is one of the reasons that we have once again been ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2021. It’s the 12th time we’ve made the list, and we are proud to lead as an employer of choice.

Our newest educational programs include residencies for new nurses and fellowships for experienced RNs. We’re also offering scholarships for nursing students. Memorial Healthcare System is committed to attracting and hiring top talent, as well as retaining good people with incentives for growth and success.

If you want to grow your career, as a nurse or in any other role we offer, now is the time to join us. The opportunities to learn are greater than ever before. Because Smarter Healthcare is what will create the future of our System and your career.