Q&A With the Experts at Skills Lab

imageFrom tracheostomy and chest tubes to PCA pumps and EKGs, the learning curve in different nursing units can be steep for a new graduate. 

The skills training lab, scheduled eight weeks after the first day on the floor, is facilitated by supportive expert nurses who work in the same units as the residents. By creating an initial immersion period, the residents have a hands-on opportunity to “connect the dots” of their training at the skills lab, ask questions without judgement, and work with fellow peers from the same units.

The first few months as a nurse can test the understanding of classroom concepts and theories, requiring critical thinking in a fast paced environment. With guidance from seasoned mentors, KRH Nurse Residents are able to practice skills in the classroom to better care for patients on the floor.


“One of our focuses of this program is to ensure that new nurses build a strong foundation of clinical skills. This skills lab creates a safe place to ask questions and connect the dots with expert nurses.”

Mandy Pokorny
Nurse Residency Coordinator

How much is too much? Shift Report 101

It’s your third week on the floor and your preceptor has challenged you to give the patient bedside shift report to the incoming RN. How much information is too much for the next nurse? What do theyRoom Report need to know and how do you keep track of the details during the last hour of your shift?

All new nurses are confronted with the challenge of finding an organization system that is effective when keeping up with the flow of patients and their persistent needs before transitioning from one shift to the next. Training from veteran RNs like Liz (right) cover the essential elements of how to provide quality and continuity of care between shifts.

“Accountability and integrity are essential,” says Liz throughout her presentation. Nurse residents are equipped with simple acronyms for organizing important information and tools for navigating inter-departmental conversations to maintain consistency and accountability to quality patient care. KRMC nurse residents continually are reminded communicating with each other and their patients from the beginning mitigates risk.

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Many veteran nurses would agree that it may take a few years to find a “groove” in shift reporting, but maintaining good practices at the onset of a career is the best way to create a continuous standard of excellence.