Pediatric Nurse Residency Program Question

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    What are nurse residency programs like? I don't know what happens if you are accepted into a program. Is it like extensive training on the job? Just curious. Thanks!
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    I am in a new grad internship (residency, there are many names) for NICU and it is like intense on the job training, I work with a preceptor gradually taking on more and more of the daily responsibilities. I have four weeks left now and I pretty much coordinate most of the care of my patients using my preceptor like a CNA, by my last week my preceptors job will be to sit back as if she's not even there. This is what my program is like, I'd imagine many are similar, at least with the same concept, gradually allowing you to become more in control of your patients until you are on your own
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    Thanks for replying. I just wasn't sure what it is like. Most websites just tell about their programs and don't really give you an idea what a day would be like or even how long the weeks are. Thanks again.
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    Most residency programs are no shorter than 16 weeks, specialties tend to run 20-24 weeks depending on intensity. There are focus groups, special classes, and mentoring that's done during this time to prepare you - mind, body, and soul, for becoming a nurse in this particular field. It's an excellent experience that tends to come with an expectation of commitment, usually at least one year. I know one hospital that requires their nurse residents to commit to two years AFTER their one year of residency. You have to reallyyyy make sure you love it!
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    Quote from SarahBeth
    Most residency programs are no shorter than 16 weeks, specialties tend to run 20-24 weeks depending on intensity. There are focus groups, special classes, and mentoring that's done during this time to prepare you - mind, body, and soul, for becoming a nurse in this particular field. It's an excellent experience that tends to come with an expectation of commitment, usually at least one year. I know one hospital that requires their nurse residents to commit to two years AFTER their one year of residency. You have to reallyyyy make sure you love it!
    Oh yes! I also have four hours of class time week, reading assignments, online homeworks, projects, presentations and certification classes, it's a lot of work but its so relevant that what you're actually doing that it's great!
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    Thanks for the replies. Sounds real intense, yet worth it!!


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