On Tuesday, seven alumni of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) graduated from University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso’s nurse residency program. The nurses received an official UMC nurse residency pin, a certificate, and flowers to celebrate the completion of the year-long program.
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 nurse residency program is built on an evidence-based curriculum that uses learning and work experience to support new nurses who are transitioning from academia into their first professional positions.
“New nursing employees often come to us with many questions about the transition to clinical care,” says residency program coordinator Julie Gest, Ed.S., M.S., R.N. “This residency program helps our nurses settle in to their new jobs, while giving them opportunities to network and climb the ladder.”
Over the course of the program, residents work 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. Participation leads to increased self-confidence and competence, greater professional socialization and job satisfaction and decreased turnover.
During the graduation ceremony, the nurses also presented research projects that they conducted during their year-long residency program.
The GGHSON would like to congratulate Aishah Al Naiem, Luis Gomez, Sandra Iturbe, Catherine Lopez, Omar Quintanar, Andres Rodriguez and Ivan Torres for their tremendous accomplishment.