On Tuesday, September 20, University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) graduated its fourth nursing residency cohort, three of whom were Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) alumni. Over the course of the program, the residents worked in a variety of hospital departments, including the intensive care unit, the emergency department, geriatric services, ambulatory surgery, telemetry, maternity services, the operating room and recovery.
UMC’s residency program is modeled after an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report recommending that graduating nurses pursue hospital leadership roles to help meet the growing demands of the profession. In keeping with the report’s recommendations, the program is designed to facilitate the difficult transition from academia to the hospital setting. One of the ways this is done is by providing newly graduated nurses with opportunities for networking and upward mobility.
UMC Nursing Residency Program Coordinator Julie Gest, Ed.S., M.S., R.N., knows the importance of elevating fresh talent to leadership positions, and how this will help to shape the future of the nursing field.
Gest says, “I feel that this program builds a tribal bond within the residency itself, [among] past nursing residents, nursing school alumni and future leaders.”
With this year’s cohort of 20, the UMC program has now graduated over 100 nurses.
Photos by Chris Espinosa