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Versant RN Residency Program

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Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) has partnered with Versant RN Residency to offer an 18-week nursing residency program to ACH new graduate Registered Nurses. This formalized residency program will greatly benefit its participants, the hospital and the patients, especially in the hospital's ongoing commitment toward quality and safety grounded in evidence-based practice.

As CNO and Senior Vice President, Lee Anne Eddy, noted, "Versant has demonstrated a program that significantly enhances the new graduate RN transition to professional practice, prepares a confident beginning level staff nurse who provides competent and safe patient care, and increases new graduate RN commitment and retention within the organization. We are excited to partner with Versant!"

Residency Program

Eligibility

  • Graduate from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program (BSN). Arkansas Children's Hospital employees who were employed prior to 1/1/2014 AND are currently enrolled in a non-BSN RN program are eligible to be considered for positions. These individuals agree to enroll in a BSN program upon graduation.
  • Selected candidates must pass the NCLEX prior to the start of the residency.

Selection Process

  • Once our positions are posted, 20 applications will be accepted per position. Once 20 are received, the RN-I position will be closed to allow the recruiters time to review application qualifications. If there are no candidates who meet the job requirements, the RN-I position will be re-opened to allow more candidates to apply. Applications will be accepted until October 17, 2014.
  • Candidates will be notified of selection for interviews by October 24, 2014.
  • Interviews will be scheduled for the week of 11/3 - 11/7/14.
  • Candidates will be notified of selection for positions the week of 11/10/14.

Application Requirements

  • Submit online application on www.archildrens.org. Positions will be available on September 22, 2014.
  • Current transcript from nursing school (official or unofficial) to be mailed to:

ACH Nurse Residency
1612 Maryland Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • 2 from clinical faculty (preferably pediatrics)
    • 1 from current manager (if currently employed) or previous manager (if currently unemployed) NOTE: If you are a current ACH employee, we will take care of this for you
    • If you have never been employed, 1 personal reference
  • Essay of 1200 words or less addressing the three questions below:
    • Why do you want to be an ACH resident?
    • What makes you stand out from other candidates?
    • Describe how you demonstrate two of ACH Core Values.
  • GPA 3.0 Preferred
  • Not eligible if current ACH employee with active PIP within past 12 months
In order to be considered for an interview, ALL items listed above must be submitted in ONE E-MAIL to nurse.residency@archildrens.org and received no later than 4:30pm on October 17, 2014. Failure to submit a complete packet OR failure to submit the packet by the deadline will result in incomplete application.

ACH Versant RN Residency Program Details

What is the Versant RN Residency program at ACH?

  • A comprehensive education and training system, developed using Patricia Benner's Novice to Expert framework, and designed to transition newly graduate registered nurses from students to safe, competent, and professional practitioners at ACH (www.versant.org)
  • A competitive program required for all ACH new graduate hires, with 60 RN-I openings per year
  • An 18-week immersion program composed of approximately 80% clinical time and 20% classroom time

What are the benefits of the Versant RN Residency Program at ACH? This new RN Residency partnership will:

  • Facilitate the transition of a new graduate RN to the professional practice of nursing;
  • Prepare a beginning level staff nurse who is confident and who provides competent and safe patient care; and
  • Increase new graduate RN commitment and retention within the organization.

How does the Versant RN Residency Program at ACH work? This 18 week comprehensive immersion program is composed of:

Education and Curriculum:

  • Residents attend classes on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00am - 4:30pm during weeks 1 - 6.
  • Beginning on week 7, classroom time will vary depending on specialty.

Guided Clinical Experience with Preceptor:

  • Residents complete clinical shifts with preceptors on Wednesdays - Sundays throughout the 18 week program.
  • All Residents complete clinicals on the day shift for weeks 1 - 12, then transition to the shift for which they were hired during weeks 13 - 18.
  • Residents receive Looping Experiences to aid in the understanding of the patient's continuum of care and to develop relationships with staff members in other departments that interact frequently with their home department as well as other team members throughout the hospital.

Supportive Components:

  • Residents participate in Mentoring sessions and circles that extend throughout the first year of professional practice.
  • Residents participate in Debriefing sessions that assist with developing healthy coping strategies and foster a healthy-work-life balance.

Measurement and Evaluation:

  • Pre-Versant data collection and observations have been collected on new graduates hired to ACH within the past 2 years.
  • Residents will complete evaluations throughout the program at weeks 2, 12, 18, and 30.
  • Post-Residency metrics will be collected annually for 5 years.
  • All participants in the residency program (Preceptor, Mentor, Debriefer, Subject Matter Expert, Nurse Leaders, etc.) will be asked to provide feedback.
  • All of the above data will be compiled into one aggregate report at the end of each cohort and presented to the organization.

This 18 week comprehensive immersion program is composed of:

    Education and Curriculum:

    • Residents attend classes on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00am - 4:30pm during weeks 1 - 6.
    • Beginning on week 7, classroom time will vary depending on specialty.

    Guided Clinical Experience with Preceptor:

      • Residents complete clinical shifts with preceptors on Wednesdays - Sundays throughout the 18 week program.
      • All Residents complete clinicals on the day shift for weeks 1 - 12, then transition to the shift for which they were hired during weeks 13 - 18.
      • Residents receive Looping Experiences to aid in the understanding of the patient’s continuum of care and to develop relationships with staff members in other departments that interact frequently with their home department as well as other team members throughout the hospital.

      Supportive Components:

      • Residents participate in Mentoring sessions and circles that extend throughout the first year of professional practice.
      • Residents participate in Debriefing sessions that assist with developing healthy coping strategies and foster a healthy-work-life balance.

      Measurement and Evaluation:

      • Pre-Versant data collection and observations have been collected on new graduates hired to ACH within the past 2 years.
      • Residents will complete evaluations throughout the program at weeks 2, 12, 18, and 30.
      • Post-Residency metrics will be collected annually for 5 years.
      • All participants in the residency program (Preceptor, Mentor, Debriefer, Subject Matter Expert, Nurse Leaders, etc.) will be asked to provide feedback.
      • All of the above data will be compiled into one aggregate report at the end of each cohort and presented to the organization.
      Weeks 1-6 Week 7 - 12 Weeks 13 - 18
      • Two 6-8 hour class days on Monday and Tuesday
      • Two 12 hour clinical shifts on Wednesday - Sunday
      • Clinical shifts will be on day shift.
      • Two 6-8 hour class days every other week, days may vary depending on specialties.
      • Two 12 hour clinical shifts, shifts will be arranged around class days.
      • Clinical shifts will be on day shift.
      • Class days will vary depending on specialty.
      • Clinical time will begin increasing.
      • Week 13 - resident transitions to the destination shift.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      How many hours per week do the nurse residents work?
      Full time positions require 64-80 hours per two-week pay period for the full 52 weeks, which may include some weekends and holidays. The number of hours per week change to accommodate both classroom and clinical time.

      Will I be working weekends and holidays?
      During the 18 week residency, Nurse Residents schedules may include some weekends. The unit nurse directors and nurse educators will work together in building your schedule to ensure you have an opportunity to work with various preceptors throughout each of the 6 week sessions. Residents will not work holidays during the 18 week program.

      Do I get vacation time during my residency?
      Residents will accrue the same vacation as all new nurses; however, the RN Residency is 18 weeks in length and requires full-time employment. Vacation or other activities requiring more than a 1-2 day absence is discouraged during this time period. Any scheduled time off will require approval of the hiring manager and residency manager prior to the start of the Residency.

      What benefits does the residency program offer?
      All health care and retirement benefits offered any new hire apply to those selected for the ACH Versant RN Residency Program.

      What is a nurse resident hourly pay rate?
      Your recruiter has the exact figure and will discuss pay and benefits with you.

      What types of scrubs are allowed?
      You may wear any child-friendly, professional-looking scrub with close-toe shoes.

      Contact Us

      For more information, e-mail nurse.residency@archildrens.org or contact:

      Julie Bane, MS, BSN, RN
      RN Residency Manager
      Clinical Education Specialist
      Email: baneja@archildrens.org
      Phone: 501-364-3258
      Michelle Odom, MSN, RN
      Director of Recruitment & Retention
      Email: odomms@archildrens.org
      Phone: 501-364-1398
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