RWHC is pleased to offer the 2018-19 Nurse Residency Program. Click here to download the current Nurse Residency Program information. We will once again offer two cohorts:

COHORT 1: October 2018 – September 2019  |   COHORT 2: February 2019 – January 2020

The RWHC Nurse Residency Program is a twelve-month structured program offering support for the nurse graduate through monthly learning days and the support of an experienced nurse, a Clinical Coach.

The goals of the program are to help the nurse resident:

  • Transition successfully to a competent practitioner
  • Enhance his/her ability to provide quality, evidence-based care
  • Advance critical thinking ability
  • Improve skills in clinical decision-making
  • Commit to life-long learning
  • Engage in a clinical nurse leadership role

RWHC Program Coordinator: Cella Janisch-Hartline, RN, BSN, ACC Certified Professional Coach, RWHC Nursing Leadership Senior Manager

Curriculum Acknowledgement: The fundamental basis of this program's curriculum originated through the collaborative work between Marquette University and several Wisconsin urban and rural health care partners who ultimately developed The Wisconsin Nurse Residency Program. At the time of origination, this program was coordinated via the outstanding visionary, Marilyn Meyer Bratt, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Marquette University, and was federally funded for three years through HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration).

RWHC Nurse Residency Program is a one year program structured around monthly learning sessions, where the new graduate nurse is highly engaged in an interactive, reflective and enriched learning environment. The sessions are designed around an effective standard curriculum for the rural nurse who is often isolated on a unit with minimal resources. Learning needs identified by the participants are also weaved in to each learning session. Networking with peers who are going through the same challenges is a powerful experience for the new nurse. Small group breakout sessions are incorporated into each learning day and are facilitated with the action reflection practice model incorporating the accepted standards of practice.

Learning Sessions Include:

Building Capacity to Learn

  • Introduction to the year long journey
  • Emphasis on the need to be a life-long learner

Building Capacity Within Self

  • Stress Management
  • Delegation
  • Prioritization/Time Management

Building Capacity as a Team Member

  • Crucial Conversations
  • Conflict Management
  • Dealing with Lateral Violence
  • Personality: Understanding Self and Others

Building Capacity as a Practitioner

  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Neurological and Pain
  • GI and Renal
  • Musculoskeletal and Integument
  • Pediatrics/Geriatrics and End of Life Issues
Building Capacity Within the Organization

  • Understand Quality
  • Organizational Structure within Nursing Practice
  • Organizational Structure with the Healthcare System

Building Capacity Within the Profession

  • Thriving as a Professional
  • Sharing our Professional Journeys

For more information, please contact Carrie Ballweg, RWHC Education Services Manager, at 1.800.225.2531 or
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