Helping Nurses Develop the Confidence to Succeed
The HRSA grant that funds the Northwest Rural Nurse
Residency (NWRNR), the content provider for this program, will be ending June 30, 2014. As a result, the current
Rural Nurse Residency program will end June 30th as well.
has been a valuable program that we have greatly enjoyed providing. The
residency has served 75 critical access hospitals in 17 states since
Currently the Center is exploring next steps on provision of
a preceptor workshop and residencies for RNs in NM.
If you are interested
in volunteering to be on the advisory committee contact:
RN, MSN at: (505) 660-3890.
We would like to hear your ideas as options are being
explored for other means to continue the program after the grant ends
The one-year New Mexico Rural Nurse Residency Program was created to help nurses develop the skills and confidence they need to build a successful career or transition from one nursing specialty to another. For example, moving from an urban clinic or hospital setting to a rural or public health nursing position can present unique challenges.
How the Program Works:
• The one-year program combines online and preceptor education. Classes are provided via WebEx™ and a learning management system.
|• The curriculum is built with Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), along with National Council of State Boards of Nursing guidelines and tenets of critical thinking.
|• Nurse residents are paired with specially trained preceptors who conduct a competency assessment to create a customized plan for each nurse’s learning and development.
|• Throughout the program, both residents and preceptors have access to a clinical decision support system that provides instant information on diagnoses, medications, nursing interventions, etc.
|• Preceptors are mentored by Rural Residency program staff and receive 16 hours of training.
Residencies Help Nurses Succeed!
And to help those new nurese succeed, the Precepros who guide and mentor them are trained as well.
Preceptors attend a 4-day, 16-hour workshop covering a range of topics, from Team Building and and Conflict Management to Clinical Coaching and Organization Skills.
Who Can Participate?
The New Mexico Rural Nurse Residency Program is available to acute and long-term care facilities in New Mexico with fewer than 200 beds that have staff willing to serve as preceptors. Facilities must have high-speed internet access.
Supporting nurses in practice after completion of their degree or in transition from one area of nursing to a new specialty can ensure they gain the confidence and skills they need to stay on the job and build or continue a successful career in nursing. Participating facilities can reduce costs of hiring and training new staff and build a clinical staff that has the necessary knowledge, experience and confidence to contribute to outstanding patient care.
Get Involved Today!
MRNR Program Coordinator
New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence
3200 Carlisle NE, Suite 205
Albuquerque, NM 87110
The New Mexico Rural Nurse Residency program is in partnership with the Northwest Rural Nurse Residency program, Idaho State University.
The following organizations are participating in the Program:
• Acoma, Canoncito, Laguna (ACL), San Fidel
• Artesia General Hospital, Artesia
• Crownpoint Service Unit (IHS), Crownpoint
• Holy Cross Hospital, Taos
• Indian Health Services/Four Corners, Four Corners
• Lovelace Westside Hospital, Albuquerque
• Lovelace Women's Hospital, Albuquerque
• Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces
• Mescalero Medical Center, Mescalero
• Mimbres Memorial Hospital, Deming
• Northern Navajo Medical Center (NNMC), Shiprock
• Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services, Gallup
What Our CNOs Say
"Now that I have a residency program I am more willing to hire a new grad."
Carolyn McKeown, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
What Our Graduates Say
"I learned a lot. The Program anchored me by helping me to adjust to being a full-time medical-surgical nurse after being an LPN/RN student who worked one to two days a week. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to make the most of their career.”
Julie Padilla, RN
January 2011 NMRNR graduate
Lovelace Westside Hospital
"It was very helpful. I had access to the information I needed right away. It helped me bring what I had learned in school to the front of my brain so that I was able to use the things I had learned every day. In fact, it’s given me so much confidence that I am being oriented to move from a medical surgical nurse to a sub-acute care (SAC) nurse! I’d recommend it to any nurse – and I wish every hospital offered this type of residency program.”
Christina Maaele, RN
June 2011 NMRNR graduate
Lovelace Westside Hospital
What Our Preceptors Say
"This program benefitted me as well as it has the residents I mentor. They have access to the information they need, they can ask questions, and most of all they realize they are not alone. Your first nursing job can be scary. This program helps take some of that fear away and replaces it with confidence.”
Aaron Gallegos, RN
Lovelace Westside Hospital
"I like the combination of didactic and clinical education this program offers, as well as the opportunity for nurses to interact with preceptors formally and informally. I would recommend it to other hospitals.”
Nicola Pierce, RN
Northern Navajo Medical Center