The Women’s Health residency track is for new nursing graduates who seek to specialize in Women’s Health Nursing. The program is designed to nurture the new graduate RN in the transition from student to professional RN and provides the new RN with the specific tools and experiences needed to begin a successful career in Women’s Health Nursing. Once hired into the program as a full-time employee, the resident's first weeks are spent in a combination of classroom and clinical rotations that allow residents to experience a full gamut of Women’s Health Nursing.
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Rotational clinical experiences in each of the Women’s Health units are designed to give the new graduate exposure to the patient demographic, unit environment and healthcare professional team in each area.
The units that may be included in the rotational and shadowing experiences include:
• Labor and Delivery
• Obstetrical and Gynecological Clinic
• Newborn Nursery
After the seven-week rotational phase, nurse residents are placed in available positions in the Women's Health area. These placements are determined by a process involving the residents, preceptors, and unit management. During the next phase, residents experience a focused orientation to the designated clinical area and will continue working with unit-based preceptors.
Support is a key element in strengthening self-assurance. Throughout the entire first year of practice, there are periodic classroom sessions that will focus on issues pertinent to the development of practice, skills and professional transition. The classes cover everything from palliative care to Spanish for healthcare to difficult conversations.