BANGOR – New nurses will be better prepared to start their professions thanks to a new residency program.
The first class graduated today at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
The 12 month program was created to help nurses make the transition from the classroom setting to actually caring for patients. They’ve been working on their communication and critical thinking abilities, along with other skills that will make them better nurses.
EMMC Chief Nursing Officer Deborah Sanford said “They’ve also done additional simulations so that in emergency situations that occur on the unit they go into a simulation lab and practice those so they’ll be comfortable and confident.”
Sanford stated there’s a 76 percent retention rate for nurses just entering the field.
The hope is the new residency program will improve the skills of nurses so they’ll stay on the job and be successful.