Nurse Residency Program (New Grads)

Award Criteria for Adult Health Nurse Residency Program Nominations

The first seven weeks of the Nurse Residency  provides an opportunity to meet and work with many people.  Even though all Vanderbilt University Medical Center staff are expected to exhibit professional behaviors described by our Credo, some staff members are particularly outstanding.

As a Nurse Resident, you have the opportunity to recognize these professionals within your specialty track in three distinct categories. At the end of the seven-week rotational period, you will be asked to participate in a survey nomination process.  The Pediatric Nurse Residents will also nominate outstanding individuals from their area.

Award recipients from both the Adult Health and Pediatric patient care areas will be revealed on Match Day. The award categories with criteria are:

Preceptor Award
Awarded to one preceptor from each of the Adult Health specialty tracks
Preceptors nominated must demonstrate the following:

  •  Excellence in nursing practice when mentoring, teaching, and coaching others
  •  Effective communication skills
  •  Ability to provide appropriate feedback
  •  Enthusiasm for the nursing profession
  •  Competency in nursing skills and assessments
  •  Continually exudes a positive attitude
  •  Promotes and furthers VUMC's mission and credo values through their work and commitment

Nurse Resident Spirit Award
Awarded to one Nurse Resident from each of the Adult Health specialty tracks
Recognition of a Nurse Resident colleague from your specialty track who demonstrates the following:

  •  A love for the nursing profession
  •  Caring and compassion for patients and families
  •  Willingness to learn all aspects of nursing
  •  A "true" team player
  •  Serves as a role model of professional practice for peers
  •  Excels at demonstrating family-centered care

Best Nursing Team
Awarded to one unit from each of the Adult Health specialty tracks
Recognition of a unit nursing team which works collectively to achieve excellent patient care, collegiality, and exhibits an atmosphere that is supportive and hospitable by demonstrating the following:

  •  Devotion to Excellent Patient Care
  •  Consistent demonstration of Professional Nursing
  •  Welcoming atmosphere to Nurse Residents
  •  Openness and willingness to mentor and teach Nurse Residents
  •  Demonstrates teamwork and spirit of cooperation




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