POSITION SUMMARY: The Graduate Registered Nurse Residency Program is designed to transition newly graduated Registered Nurses from students to safe, competent, and professional practitioners. This is a 12-month program that requires a 36-month post-hire date work commitment. The program is 12 months in length, 36 hours per week made up of 8 hour shifts and class room time. The blended programming includes interactive classroom time and clinical learning with a Preceptor on assigned med-surg unit for the first 12 weeks with an additional 6-week orientation on sister med-surg units. Following successful completion of the orientation period Nurse Residents will transition to their staff position. Professional development opportunities will be provided to Nurse Residents for the remainder of the one-year period through seminars, simulations, and monthly check-in meetings with Clinical Coaches and Educators. Program components focus on building the competencies critical to nursing practice: clinical judgment, collaboration, caring practices, systems thinking, facilitator of learning, advocacy and moral agency, and response to diversity. # EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: New Graduate RN. BSN required or must obtain within 5 years of hire. Proof of enrollment in an accredited program is required within 6 months of completing residency program. Current licensure in the state of Connecticut. Must have certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support upon hire or receive certification within the new employee introductory orientation period and maintain clinical competency during employment with ECHN in this role. Two letters of recommendation from Clinical Instructors. Transcript. # EMPLOYMENT COMMITMENT: Due to the significant resources offered to ensure the success of the new graduate nurse, a 36 month (3 year) post hire date work commitment with ECHN is required (agreement will be reviewed with new graduate upon hire prior to signing). # COMPETENCIES: Able to communicate effectively in English # both verbally and in writing. Possesses basic computer skills. # ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES: Disclaimer: Job descriptions are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.# They are intended to be accurate reflections of the principal duties and responsibilities of this position.# These responsibilities and competencies listed below may change from time to time. # Performs population-specific comprehensive assessments and re-assessments of the medical and surgical patient#s condition and care needs including the psychosocial, physical, educational and cultural aspects. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span, including pediatric, adult and geriatric population, and the skills necessary to provide age-appropriate care to patients served. Able to interpret data about the patient status in order to identify each patient#s age-specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group. Assesses and reassesses pain.# Utilizes appropriate pain management tools and techniques.# Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.# Documentation reflects assessments, interventions and evaluation of effectiveness. Develops and revises individualized plans of care as indicated by assessment and patient response to treatment.## Evaluates overall plan daily for effectiveness.# Involves the patient and family in the formulation of goals. Follows the five (5) medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors. Demonstrates knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and their clinical condition. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and promotes positive patient outcomes. Documents the nursing process and responses to care in a timely manner utilizing the appropriate tools. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.# Utilizes critical thinking skills and sound judgment in priority setting and delegation. Formulates and implements a teaching plan for patients and families based upon identified learning needs. Evaluates effectiveness of learning. Demonstrates autonomous practice, consistent with evidence-based standards.# Pursues personal and professional growth and development.# Provides an accurate and pertinent report of the patient#s condition for safe transfer of care. Ensures continuous monitoring for patients on remote telemetry. Provides immediate assessment and intervention as indicated/directed by staff monitoring telemetry as related to monitor findings.