On July 23rd, 11 smart and passionate nurses joined the KRH Nurse Residency Program. They will be serving areas including Oncology, Medical, Surgical, Intermediate, and Critical Care.
Orientation week was jam packed with a team building hike, a welcome lunch with nursing leaders, clinical orientation, computer training, and a in-depth overview of what to expect in the first year. Next week – meeting trained preceptors and starting the very first official shift as a licensed nurse.
The literature is quite clear – nurses who are professionally engaged have increased role satisfaction. At month 10 of employment, KRH Nurse Residents attend a Professional Development workshop to find out what professional engagement and development can look like for them.
The workshop includes:
Professional Portfolio 101
Intro to Professional Certifications
Pursuit of the Higher Degree
Finding a Mentor
Developing Yourself as a Leader
Shared Governance: Finding Your Voice from the Bedside
At the end of the workshop, Nurse Residents set their goals for their second year of nursing. Check out these #goals #ournursesaregogetters #engageinyourprofession #krhnurse
“The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward, it’s the person we become by finding the discipline, courage, and commitment to achieve them”
Cohort 6 began their journey in February and are making an impact in the lives of patients through out many units of the hospital:
This exceptional group comes from many corners of the state (Great Falls and Billings) and beyond (Texas, New Mexico, and Maryland). Our local nurses are helping them to explore the area and get settled here in the beautiful Flathead Valley.
Hint hint: this is the fun of starting in a group. No one is alone and everyone has fun adventures to share, making the process of beginning your career a lot more fun.
It is with great honor and pleasure to announce that the Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) Nurse Residency Program has been awarded Accreditation with Distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program, the highest recognition awarded by the ANCC’s Accreditation Program. KRH is the first Healthcare System in the state of Montana to be awarded this distinction and one of less than 50 ANCC accredited programs in the United States. This designation will help to recruit and retain high caliber nurses at KRH and validates that the program meets all national standards and criteria necessary to transition newly licensed nurses into practice. The appraiser team commended the Program on its robustness, especially considering the small size of the hospital with limited resources.
“This process has been a lot of work and a true pleasure to be a part of. It takes a village to create a successful environment for our nurses transitioning into the profession, and I am proud to see that we are heading in the right direction. Collaboration is key and I can’t speak highly enough of the good work and support from our Executive Leadership Team, Nursing Directors/ Managers, Expert Clinical Nursing Staff, Clinical Educators, Preceptors, Interdisciplinary Teams, Human Resource Partners, and Academic Partners. We look forward to continuing to grow and refine our program in the upcoming years.”
– Mandy Pokorny, Residency Coordinator
A very big CONGRATULATIONS to Mandy and the invaluable KRH team members that played such a critical role in this successful accomplishment of achieving ANCC accreditation with distinction. As guardians of this amazing organization, living our core values to improve health, comfort and life; we continue to strive for excellence every day, in every way.
Click here to learn more about the ANCC’s PTAP Program and why finding an accredited Nurse Residency Program is an important consideration when looking for your first job.
I was born and raised in Fairfield, MT and I received my BSN at Carroll College. Go Saints!
Why did you decide to apply for the program?
I really loved the idea of nurse residency programs, and the additional support for that comes with them. I listened to Mandy (the director of the residency program for KRH) speak at a Transition to Practice conference my senior year of nursing school, and I knew this was a program I could see myself in. I wanted to stay in Montana, and I have family in the valley, so it was a perfect fit!
What have you liked so far about being at KRH?
Everyone has been so welcoming and encouraging! The nurses and other staff members love to teach and share their knowledge. They genuinely want to see us learn and succeed. I’ve been told that nursing is a team sport, and that is definitely the case here. There are a lot of moving parts that come together to care for our patients in the best way we possibly can.
What do you look forward to in the next 6 months?
I am excited to get to know my co-workers and other members of the team at KRH. As I said before, it’s a team sport and forming trusting relationships is really important. I look forward to improving my skills and med/surg knowledge, as well as getting to work more with patients.
What is your WHY you went into nursing?
I went into nursing to make a difference and to help others, even in the smallest of ways. Bedside nursing definitely puts us in position to do that. It’s a lifelong profession, with so many different routes you can take it. I love working with others, and I am very thankful to be in this field!
On August 7th, 10 newly licensed nurses joined KRH through the Nurse Residency Program. For the past three months, they have been working diligently with preceptors and attending residency classes in preparation to practice independently.
During month six of the program, Nurse Residents begin to be mentored in the evidence-based practice (EBP) process at KRH. Through attending a five-part EBP series, each new nurse works with their clinical team to:
Identify an idea that they want to know more about on their unit
Translate their inquiry into a PICOT question
Search the literature
Appraise the literature
Present an action plan
Nurses receive 10 continuing nursing credits for attending the EBP series and are mentored through out the process. At the end of the series, two winners are identified, each receiving a $350 scholarship that can be used toward their professional development.
This year’s winners presented, “How Hand Hygiene Affects Infection Rates in the NICU” and “The Use of Port Disinfection Caps to Impact CLABSI Rates.”
The Nurse Residents presented their ideas to the nursing leadership team on May 17th, giving them great visibility with leaders in the organization. Congratulations, Cohort 5!
One of the first classes that kicks off the Residency is, “The Deteriorating Patient – ABCDE Method,” taught by Carla, Critical Care Educator.
This class is all about giving Nurse Residents a simple, easy to remember, and effective tool to approach a patient who appears to be deteriorating. “This is a big fear for any new nurse – we want our staff to know that they have a lot of resources and support when this takes place – that they won’t be on their own,” noted Mandy, Residency Coordinator.
During the class, Carla reviews the ABCDE method – how to asses Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, and create an Emergency plan. Participants also learn about the various response teams of experts at KRH that are available to them at any time.
“[This was] easy to understand and easy information to retain. As a nurse, one the fears I have is not recognizing the deteriorating patient. Loved this!”