St. Mark’s Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program will provide the novice nurse with the basic knowledge foundation and skill set necessary to bridge the gap between undergraduate education and competent “real-life” professional nursing practice. The program provides nurses opportunities to develop competence and confidence with professional and leadership skills while working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program is offered to new graduate registered nurses from accredited nursing programs who are excited to participate in meeting our facilities vision: To be Utah’s finest hospital.

Program Objectives:

  • Support standardized learning and patient outcomes through the utilization of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) competencies
  • Bridge the new graduate transition into practice gap through blended learning, simulation, clinical experience, and discussion groups while following Patricia Benner's novice to expert theoretical framework
  • Influence the new graduate to develop clinical reasoning skills through attending weekly classes and applying that knowledge while providing actual patient care
  • Demonstrate best practice guidelines and leadership development through completing a departmental, need driven, evidenced-based project. Poster project will be presented during nurse's week

Residency Program Background and Support

In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched an initiative to expand the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. The IOM board report in the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health made recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing (IOM, 2010).

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant was designed and implemented to provide funding to the States in our Nation to meet the goals of the IOM board report.

IOM Recommendations: Click here to view full IOM board report recommendations

  1. Remove Scope of Practice Barriers
  2. Expand Opportunities for Nurses to Lead and Diffuse Collaborative Improvement Efforts
  3. Implement Nurse Residency Programs
  4. Increase the Proportion of Nurses with Baccalaureate Degree to 80% by 2020
  5. Double the Number of Nurses with a Doctorate by 2020
  6. Ensure that Nurses Engage in Lifelong Learning
  7. Prepare and Enable Nurses to Lead Change to Advance Health
  8. Build an Infrastructure for the Collection and Analysis of Inter-professional Health Care Workforce Data

The Utah Action Coalition for Health (UACH) developed out of a partnership between Healthinsight, a long standing convener of the health care community in Utah, and the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders (UONL). The Utah Action Coalition for Health selected IOM recommendation 3, Implement Nurse Residency Programs to address in this statewide, grant funded implementation program. Although implementing nurse residency programs is the priority, the grant will also focus on “ensuring that nurses engage in lifelong learning”, “preparing and enabling nurses to lead change to advance health”, and “increasing the proportion of nurses with Baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020.”