A ceremony was held on April 20, 2021 at McLeod Regional Medical Center to celebrate the second graduating class of the McLeod Health Nurse Residency Program. The 16 graduating nurses represented several areas throughout the hospital, including Emergency Services, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neurology, Nephrology, Orthopedics/ Neurosurgery, Medical, Labor & Delivery, TSCU, Cardiovascular Surgery, PTCU, Neuroscience Care Unit and Postpartum/GYN. Each nurse received a certificate of completion as well as a Nurse Residency pin.
McLeod Health offers Nurse Residency Programs at McLeod Regional Medical Center and McLeod Loris Seacoast. The first classes at both facilities graduated in December 2020.
The Nurse Residency Program provides a collaborative learning environment where nurses not only transition to a rewarding nursing career, but also grow and develop as nursing leaders. The program offers novice nurses a platform to assist in their transition from academia to practice.
This program goes beyond the standard hospital orientation program, allowing nurses to refine their nursing skills and enhance their prioritization, time and stress management skills. It maximizes learning by incorporating classroom training, hands-on skills validations, group activities and project implementation initiatives. The program also enables nurses to establish new personal and professional relationships.
A Clinical Nurse Mentor guides each nurse on their journey throughout the program, working collaboratively with nurse managers, supervisors, nurse educators, clinical nurse managers and other nursing colleagues at McLeod to foster and support their professional growth.