Nurse Residency (NRP)
The staff at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center realizes the transition from nursing student to professional nurse is challenging. It is our philosophy that no graduate nurse should start their professional journey alone. Our Nurse Resident Program (NRP) is structured to support and mentor the new graduate nurse throughout the first year of clinical practice and beyond.
The UHC/AACN NRP will guide you through your first year of practice at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. You will be provided with the skills and experiences necessary to become a full-fledged member of our health care team. This innovative program will enhance your clinical expertise, assist you in mastering complex concepts, improve your critical thinking ability and develop your leadership potential. Further, it will foster professional growth through the development of nurse to nurse relationships, evidence based practice and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The NRP is structured to provide a variety of learning experiences, hands-on/simulation, group activities and clinical scenarios. Sessions are led by nurse scholars, educators, experienced clinicians, APNs, and resource experts. In addition, facilitated discussions with a group of your peers provides the opportunity to learn from others' experiences, give and provide feedback, share concerns, fears and frustrations, ask questions, and receive ACLS or PALS certification (dependent upon area of practice).
The NRP is for all new graduate nurses from an accredited BSN or ADN program that are hired for employment as an RN at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Once hired, you will automatically be enrolled into the NRP. (There is no separate NRP application).
We begin a new group twice a year, May and October. One group supports winter graduates and the second group serves the spring/summer graduates.