SMH Nurse Residency Program Earns National Recognition

SMH Nurse Residency Program Earns National Recognition

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (June 13, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial's Nurse Residency Program recently received accreditation with distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The innovative program provides newly licensed RNs with experience, expertise and support as they begin their nursing career. SMH's program is one of only two in Florida and among 10 across the United States to achieve this special national recognition.

"I'm incredibly proud that our Nurse Residency Program is recognized by the ANCC as one of the highest-quality residency programs for nurses," said Chief Nursing Officer Connie Andersen. "This honor, along with our ongoing Magnet Recognition, reaffirms the dedication of our patient care team to fostering a culture of nursing excellence.

"SMH's Nurse Residency Program is a 14-month program for newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) who have been hired to work on an adult inpatient or rehabilitation unit. The program, which began in 2007, includes one-on-one personalized coaching with specially trained and experienced SMH nurses who have a passion for mentoring and training. In addition to comprehensive orientation to Sarasota Memorial, the residents participate in professional development classes and simulation lab training. 

Connie Andersen

Connie Andersen

Chief Nursing Officer
After honing the fundamental nursing skills for quality and safe patient care on one of the three designated nurse residency units for several weeks, the nurse residents transition to their specialty unit of hire to complete their unit-specific clinical orientation and training. Cohorts groups of four to 15 nurse residents begin the residency program every four weeks, with a total of 80 to 100 new nurses participating annually.  "The designated residency units, combined with the small residency cohorts, foster an ideal learning environment," Andersen said.

According to the ANCC, research suggests that residency programs can reduce nurse turnover, increase job satisfaction and improve clinical competence, which ultimately impacts patient safety and quality outcomes. The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation validates hospital residency programs that help new graduate nurses successfully transition into their practice as an RN. Accredited programs must demonstrate rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence.

Sarasota Memorial also has received Magnet Recognition from the ANCC, the nation's highest honor for excellence in nursing. SMH is the only hospital in the region with Magnet designation and is among just 1 percent of the nation's hospitals to earn the recognition three times. 

About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System offers Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits a year. Its flagship 829-bed acute care hospital is recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and complete continuum of care, including urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation.

About ANCC
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments; and accredit providers and approvers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs.