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- Apr 30, '09 by Mr.RN-to-beI saw the posting on St. Joseph's website for the nurse residency program. Do you know what kind of hours the first 7 months are and afterwards. Is it a mixture such as some 8 hour and 12 hour shifts? How much are they paying a new RN as they are being trained? Any info would be appreciated.
- May 1, '09 by JRN72I basically have the same questions as above. How scheduling is organized, shifts, how the teaching is done, strengths, how someone who has done it feels about their education and comfort level coming out of the program, etc. Seeing as how it was the Marshfield ICU nurses who inspired me to do this in the first place, it is a program I have been interested in since starting school (done Dec '09) Would love to hear about/talk to someone about the program.
- May 19, '09 by PMFB-RNI saw the posting on St. Joseph's website for the nurse residency program. Do you know what kind of hours the first 7 months are and afterwards.
*** 40 hours a week, no overtime allowed during the residency. First month is five 8 hour days / week, all classroom and orientation. Next three months is two 8 hour days in class plus two 12 hour sifts with a preceptor on a med-surg floor / week. Last three months is three 12 hour shifts in the unit with a preceptor plus 4 hours of class time each week.
After graduation you will start in the unit and take the most stable patients, gradually taking more and more complicated patients as you gain experience. New nurses are well supported by more experienced staff. I am a graduate of the program, currently work in the unit and serve as a preceptor and instructor for the nurse residents.
Is it a mixture such as some 8 hour and 12 hour shifts? How much are they paying a new RN as they are being trained? Any info would be appreciated.
*** Nurse residents get full pay and benefits. Be warned St. Joes is a low paying hospital. New grads are currently only starting at $21 something an hour.
- May 21, '09 by JRN72Thanks! I had printed the info packet from the website, but your description of scheduling clears up some questions I had.
- Jun 1, '09 by Akasha85Sorry my computer sends things before I'm done. Anyway I say start in long term care. These places really need help and Good, Caring Nurses. So many nurses are there for the money. never go into nursing for the money It is hard work at a LTC but the reward of helping those people who a lot of them don't have anyone. The staff are their family. There are different departments to work for in LTC from general nursing to medicare which is more like a hospital except you have more patients. I have worked in long term care many years and always went home happy that I could make someone smile.
- Jun 18, '09 by PMFB-RNQuote from Akasha85*** I disagree. I think long term care is a bad place for a new nurse to start. The reason is becuase you are always alone as the only nurse on the floor. There is almost no chance to learn skills from more experienced nurses.Sorry my computer sends things before I'm done. Anyway I say start in long term care.