ACH starts nurse residency program

Special to Atmore News

Atmore Community Hospital has launched a Nurse Residency Program, a career path program aimed at offering a more comprehensive onboarding and education process by rotating program nurses through the four main nursing departments – med/surg, ICU, ED, and surgery.
“The program will be eighteen months of full-time, paid employment with emphasis on providing in-depth, hands-on education focused on challenges faced by new nurses,” ACH Administrator Brad Lowery said.
Officials stated that the goal of the new program is to expose new nurses to various fields of expertise and specialties not afforded to the collective whole to give them experience and perspective to better identify departments they best fit.
“We want new nurses to succeed and employees who are exposed to a rural hospital to have the
opportunity to gain experience in multiple areas of specialty to help build nursing skills and determine future career path,” ACH Director of Nursing Suzanne McGill said.
Upon program completion, if a nurse wants to stay, they may interview for open hospital positions (PRN float, or any full-time departments), and they will not lose their tenure or earned benefits. A nurse may be offered employment at any time during the program and can transition to full-time employment. The 18-month sign on obligation would remain, however.
Rebecca Livermore, RN, med/surg manager will help lead the program.
A webpage has been created to accept applications, as well as provide information for prospective nurses. For those interested, they can access that page by going to the website “Careers” tab and selecting “Nurse Residency Program” from the dropdown menu.