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"Bridging the Gap"
Designed for the newly graduated nurse to facilitate the integration of skills and knowledge
Congratulations! As a newly graduated nurse, you will possess the most up-to-date knowledge on nursing practice and theories.
At HCGH, we recognize your level of knowledge and enthusiasm! We also recognize that you will experience a moderate degree of stress during your transition into hospital-based nursing. "Bridging the Gap" utilizes a combined classroom and clinical experience to assist you in developing organizational and clinical skills while increasing your level of confidence and skills in customer relations.
Classroom sessions are spread out over several weeks to help you better retain learned information. Focused clinical experiences ensure adequate orientation to make you function confidently and comfortably on your nursing unit.
All "new grads" work with experienced educators, dedicated clinical preceptors pulled from the staffing pattern to give focused attention, and experienced clinical buddies.
About the Program
"Bridging the Gap" is founded on a competency-based framework. Classroom and clinical learning progress using simple to complex theory and skill competencies.
- Role transition
- Giving/receiving end of shift report
- Case studies in fluid & electrolyte imbalances/lab interpretation
- IV/phlebotomy practicum
- Blood product review
- Restraint/fall protocols
- Skin/wound/ostomy issues
- Pain management
- DNR and postmortem care
- Oxygen delivery systems
- Chest tube drainage systems
- Central lines
- Organ and tissue donation
- Critical thinking
- Mock code Program Highlights
- Reimbursement for NCLEX Review
- Customized 10-12 week "Bridging the Gap" Orientation Program
- Integrated Class and Clinical Training
- Dedicated Preceptors are pulled from the staff pattern to give you focused attention
- Community Hospital Setting – Avoid Getting Lost in the Crowd
- Variety of Nursing Specialties and Shift Options
Selecting the Perfect Orientation Program
New graduate nurse programs may look the same. Here are a few questions to ask when searching for the right hospital program.
- Who will be responsible for my clinical orientation, training and support?
- What makes the program different from general orientation offered to experienced nurses new to the hospital?
- When will I complete orientation and be counted in the staffing pattern?
- Where will classroom and clinical training take place?
- How will you help me develop clinical skills while building speed in patient care?
How to Apply
Positions are typically posted every March and October. You may apply online to a “RN Fellowship” position when available.