Brandon Regional Hospital September 17, 2014

Brandon, FL –Brandon Regional Hospital announces its participation in a Nurse Residency Program to solve the need for experienced critical care and specialty nurses. The program – officially called StaRN (Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses) is conducted through a partnership with Parallon® Workforce Solutions, an HCA company.

Today’s healthcare organizations face a constant challenge of hiring and retaining competent nurses in a variety of specialties. The Nurse Residency Program is designed for new nursing graduates with no acute care experience. The program helps new nurse graduates overcome the challenge of not having enough experience to work in an acute care specialty environment, but who can’t gain that experience without the chance to work.

Parallon® had devised an innovative solution that provides intensive post-graduate education for recent nursing graduates. The program includes comprehensive didactic training with a robust simulation experience and clinical preceptorship at the local facility.

The Nurse Residency Program is a three-phase program that involves recruitment, on-boarding and education. The program takes approximately 16 weeks and focuses on medical/surgical, telemetry, and critical care. The 16 weeks are split between classroom, simulation lab, and hands-on training through a clinical preceptorship.

During the initial training period time is spent with clinical instruction by Parallon® subject matter experts. Additional time is spent in self-directed learning with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) online course. To re-enforce the learning the new knowledge and skills are applied during multiple hours spent in the state-of-the-art simulation lab at the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS). During the time spent at the state-of-the-art simulation lab the nurses participate in:

  • Scenarios developed and managed by Parallon® experts
  • Interaction with physicians and nurses
  • Comprehensive debriefings

Clinical Preceptorship at Brandon Regional Hospital

Following the didactic and simulation training the nurses then move to Brandon Regional Hospital, the local facility that has hired them, under the guidance of Brandon Regional’s specially educated preceptors. The residency includes bi-weekly development meetings between the student, the preceptor, and the manager of the unit during the preceptor phase of the program.

Brandon Regional Hospital preceptors also participate in an eight-hour workshop provided by in Parallon®. Topics include:

  • The AACCN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) Preceptor Challenge pre-requisite
  • Feedback techniques
  • How to describe what is required for patient-centered care and how to improve the patient experience

Brandon Regional Hospital interviews and selects the trainees. At the program’s completion Brandon Regional Hospital employs a successful graduate nurse with specialty training, and who has begun building relationships and is familiar with Brandon Regional Hospital, its values and culture.