What is the RN Graduate Nurse Academy?
This is an exciting orientation program for new graduate R N's. It includes class time, simulation, skills practice, mentorship, support group time (debriefing sessions), and clinical time with a clinical coach on your home unit. It is designed to build your ability and confidence while giving you the tools you need to become a compassionate and competent nurse.
How long is this program?
The program is approximately 8 - 12 weeks, depending on your assigned unit. After the initial 8 weeks the debriefing sessions continue for 12 months.
When does the program begin?
The program is open for new graduates in the spring and summer, typically January and July.
What is included in class time?
Class time is spent on various topics specific to healthcare at Conroe Regional Medical Center, which vary from safety initiatives and core measures to chest tubes and blood administration. It’s a time for you to learn how to put you r education into practice and understand the policy and procedures specific to Conroe Regional Medical Center.
Are there any CEUs awarded in this program?
Yes, CEUs are awarded throughout the program. You will also begin the process for NIH stroke certification.
Where and when are classes held?
Most classes are in the Learning Center or one of the education classrooms on campus. A schedule will be provided with information and room assignment. Class time is generally 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.
How do nurses working in specialty areas get the extra training they need?
Additional training occurs for Graduate Nurses entering a specialty area. Training varies with the graduate’s ability and assigned department.
How many hours will I work each week?
The program is set up to allow a 40-hour work week. No overtime is awarded during orientation.
What are debriefing sessions?
Debriefing sessions are designed to allow interns the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience. It’s a time for us to work out problems or situations that may arise with the program, and will allow you to talk with other students to find out how things are going with them and how you can support other interns.
How long are classes?
Class time varies every week and every day. Each week is less time in the classroom and more time on the floor. The majority of your time is spent with your clinical coach on your unit. Specialty department class times vary depending on experience and specific departments.
What is a Clinical Coach?
A Clinical Coach is assigned to each graduate nurse. Coaches receive extensive training that equips them with the tools they need for performing feedback sessions, effective communication, problem resolution, and overcoming common challenges. The Clinical Coach does not take patients during the Academy. Their sole purpose is the success of the graduate nurse.
Do I get to choose my clinical coach?
There will be careful consideration given to the assignments. Our supervisors consider nurses on their unit who have the knowledge base, personality and desire to be a clinical coach, and try to pair the person they believe will be best suited to work with you.
How many patients will I be responsible for?
The graduate nurse will receive a unit-specific patient assignment guideline. The number of patients typically starts at three and gradually increases over the course of the Academy. The clinical coach does not take patients.
How will I be paid during the GN Internship?
The GN Internship is a stipend-based program. During your 8-12 week internship you will be paid
$2000 every 4-weeks. Your check will be issued the payday following the completion of 4-weeks, and federal taxes will be withheld.
Does the GN Academy ensure I will have a fulltime placement?
The GN Academy does not ensure fulltime placement, but it is designed to help the G N succeed. It is a constant assessment/re-assessment of your knowledge, ability, and progress ion. Every effort is made to ensure your success and to keep you informed of areas for improvement. Fulltime positions are offered halfway through the program, or weeks 5-7 for specialty areas.
For more information or additional questions, please contact:
Amanda Criswell R N, CE N
Academy Coordinator and Instructor