Nurse Residency Program

Your Nursing Career Deserves to Be The Best It Can Be!

Your nursing career deserves to be the best it can be! The Community Memorial Health System’s (CMHS) Nurse Residency Program provides a structured training experience that allows newly graduated Registered Nurses (RN) the support to begin their nursing career with confidence. The curriculum models professional development and helps you build a solid foundation for your career.

Interprofessional training opportunities and personalized assistance offered during this program will guide you for many years to come. Our program incorporates adult learning methodologies, simulation, and reflective practice that, together, emphasize clinical judgment and leadership skills developed during the transition from student nurse to acute care professional nurse.

This comprehensive program is designed for the New Graduate RN starting a career in the adult acute care environment. The program begins on September 19, 2022.

Requirements include:

  • Willingness to commit to the Nurse Residency Program and one year afterwards
    • Must be a graduate from an ADN or BSN program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) by June 01, 2022
  • Applications accepted June 01-30, 2022
  • Interviews will take place in July, onboarding takes approximately 6 weeks
  • Must have a current California RN license by August 06, 2022 (candidates may apply before licensure)
  • Must have no paid RN work experience prior to the start of the program
  • Must have American Heart Association BLS by the beginning of the program

The CMHS Nurse Residency Program is a series of learning and clinical experiences designed to support the graduate nurse as they transition into their first professional position. Nurses will work in a direct care position in the acute care setting in our academic medical center, Ventura campus. Applications are accepted each year; top candidates are invited to a panel interview.

This is a full-time benefited position; the program is a 12-month commitment. The 16-week preceptorship portion of the program is divided into the four areas listed below and facilitated by content experts. Nurse Residents will have team training opportunities with Graduate Medical Education (GME), and work with ancillary departments to reinforce collaborative practice. The program continues with monthly seminars (Nursing Seminars/Grand Rounds) ending at graduation!

Preceptorship Areas

Frontline Nurse Leader

  • Communication and Delegation
  • Prioritization and Time Management
  • Resource Management
  • Knowledge (Technical Skills)
  • Management of Responsibilities

Patient Outcomes

  • Evidenced-based Practices
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Safety
  • Responding to Emergencies

Professional Role

  • Ethical Decision Making in Practice
  • Mastering Nursing Documentation
  • Nursing-Sensitive Indicators (NDNQI)
  • Social Networks in the clinical setting
  • Stress Management and Self Care

Quality Safety Education in Nursing

  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safety
  • Informatics

Evidence-based Project

At the end of the program, all RNs will work in teams to complete an Evidenced-based project and present to the Professional Development Council.

Nurse Resident Seminars

Topics include:

  • Panel Discussion (Graduated nurses return to talk with new residents)
  • Professional Development – Advancing Your Nursing Career
  • Coping with Workplace Culture (Civility vs. Incivility)
  • Stress Management
  • Legal Issues in practice, Ethics in Nursing
  • Interprofessional collaboration and communication

For more information, please contact CMHS Education Department at 805-948-5011, ex. 5013