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Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency Program

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The ACH Nurse Residency Program is a program aimed at recruiting nurses to Atmore Community Hospital, while offering a more comprehensive on-boarding and education process by rotating program nurses through the four main nursing departments - Med/Surg, ICU, ED, and Surgery. This program will be eighteen (18) months of full-time, paid employment with emphasis on providing in-depth, hands-on education focused on challenges faced by new nurses. This will expose new nurses to various fields of expertise and specialties not afforded to the collective whole to give them experience and perspective to better identify departments that they best fit.

Sign-On Bonus: $5,000
• Paid as follows:
o $3,000 on the first pay period following RN Licensure with Alabama Board of Nursing
o $1,000 after six (6) months from start date
o $1,000 after twelve (12) months from start date

Uniform Package:
o 2 full sets of scrubs and scrub jacket with name or logo - not to exceed $250

NCLEX Pre-Payment:
o ACH will pay for the costs of the NCLEX up front for nurses accepted to the program. This will be coordinated through nursing leadership ($350 value)

o 18 months - If employee resigns or is terminated for gross misconduct before 18 months of employment have been completed, the employee will pay back the entire sum of $5,000

• Med Surg/Telemetry - 3 total 12-hour days/nights and weekends
• ICU - 3 total 12-hour days/nights and weekends
• Emergency Department - 3 total 12-hour days/nights and weekends
• Surgery - 0700-1600 Monday-Friday

Surgery is the only department that is Monday through Friday. All other departments are three twelve-hour shifts. Night shift rotations will be discussed at the start of the program for interested candidates and will be eligible for shift differential for the hours between 1900 and 0700. All hours in excess of forty hours will be paid at 1.5 times the base rate.

• 18-month program
• One week of hospital orientation
• 4 months rotated schedules between Med/Surg, ICU , Surgery, and ED departments
• Teaching strategies (Critical care drips, ACLS and PALS certification, EKG monitoring)
• Experience in procedural areas with assigned units
• Hands on training
• Emphasis in ACH Core Values and Hospital Policy and Procedures

• Graduate from an accredited nursing school with ADN or higher degree (TIME FRAME)
• Alabama and/or multi-state license required
• BLS from the American Heart Association (AHA) or American Red Cross obtained prior to hire date
• Registered Nurse credentialed from the Alabama Board of Nursing obtained prior to hire date/or scheduled test (temp license or RN license)

Nurse mentorship - we want new nurses to succeed and employees that are exposed to a rural hospital to have the opportunity to gain experience in multiple areas of specialty to help build nursing skills and determine future career path.

Successful transition into a department a new nurse wants to join, exposure to fields that are not generally afforded to all that are hired by ACH (or many other hospital) and offer a more rounded experience for nurses that may choose to travel or further their career at the completion of the program.

A true float pool for the organization -having appropriate education and experience in various departments only improves our connectedness as a facility and truly trains nurses that can "do it all".

The 18-month program offers a "clean" end-date that allows for both the nurse and hospital to end employment should they so choose.

If the nurse wants to stay, they may interview for open hospital positions (PRN float, or any full-time departments), but not lose their tenure or earned benefits. A nurse may be offered employment at any time during the program and can transition to full-time employment. The 18-month sign on obligation would remain, however.

Exit interview- at program completion, nursing leadership will conduct exit interviews to attain opportunities to improve the program and gain insight in how the new nurse felt about the program.

For more information on how the ACH Nurse Residency Program works, contact:
Rebecca Livermore, RN
Med/Surge & ICU Nurse Manager
251-368-6294 or 251-446-6406
Email Rebecca