Sarasota Memorial's Nurse Residency Program has been reaccredited with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The hospital’s program is 1 of only 7 in Florida to achieve this special national recognition.
The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency programs that help new graduate nurses successfully transition into their practice as a new RN. Accredited programs demonstrate rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence. SMH was initially accredited in 2017 and the 4-year reaccreditation was recently granted after an extensive evaluation.
“The honor means that we take continuous improvement seriously and are committed to quality practice transition education for nurses,” said Chief Nursing Officer Connie Andersen.
SMH's Nurse Residency Program is a 14-month program for newly licensed RNs hired to work on adult inpatient or rehabilitation units. The program includes 1-on-1 personalized coaching with specially trained and experienced SMH clinical coaches who have a passion for sharing valuable knowledge and skills with new graduates.
In addition to the on-boarding curriculum, the nurse residents participate in professional development and simulation lab training. They hone their skills for high-quality, safe patient care on one of 5 designated nurse residency units (5 and 10 Waldemere; 6, 8 and 10 East Tower) before transitioning to their unit of hire for further training. Cohorts are made up of 5 to 28 nurse residents who begin the residency program every 4 weeks, with a total of 89 to 168 new nurses participating annually.
The ANCC has also recognized SMH’s overall nursing excellence with Magnet Recognition, regarded as the gold standard for providers. SMH is among just 1% of the nation's hospitals to earn Magnet designation four times.
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