New Graduate Nurse Support Structure
Senior nursing students who have accepted RN positions at Memorial are welcomed as they complete their studies. Each soon-to-be grad meets with our director of nursing practice development to complete an NCLEX readiness assessment, learn test-taking strategies, and develop an individualized NCLEX practice/preparation plan. Ninety six percent of our new graduates pass their NCLEX on the first try.
Nurses are "graduate nurse residents" until completing NCLEX. These nurses partner with RN preceptors and can perform certain nursing care activities such as completing a head-to-toe patient assessment, documenting findings, and providing other aspects of nursing care under the supervision of the RN preceptor.
After passing the NCLEX, graduate nurse residents achieve a status of "RN license pending." These nurses can perform any aspect of care that an RN performs but cannot be assigned as the only nurse in a unit.
After receiving the paper copy of the RN license, the RNLP becomes an RN with no legal restrictions on performance of nursing care. We at Memorial recognize that nurses remain new to their roles for about 12 to 18 months. New RN orientation takes at least 10 to 12 weeks, and we provide special support to RNs during their first year.
Our nursing practice development facilitator makes daily rounds among the nursing units to ensure new nurses' needs are being met, and they're developing positive relationships with their nurse managers and preceptors. The facilitator also arranges for each new nurse to have a long-term mentor, a veteran RN who helps the new nurse adapt to Memorial and the RN role.
Our newly-graduated nurses spend their first 12 months in our nurse residency. This monthly series of developmental seminars focuses on the professional needs of nurses in their first year of nursing practice.