RWHC Office & Training Center 880 Independence Ln
Sauk City
United States

Nurse Residency Program - Cohort 1: Oct 2022 - Sept 2023

Event Starts: 10/25/2022

Event Ends: 9/26/2023

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Nurse Residency Program

 COHORT 1: October 2022 – September 2023
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Registration deadline: August 31

RWHC Office & Training Center
880 Independence Lane
Sauk City, WI


RWHC Members & Affiliate Members:
$1,800 for first nurse
$900 for each additional nurse

Non-RWHC Members:
$2,160 for first nurse
$1,080 for each additional nurse

Space is limited, so please register early.

PLEASE NOTE: The program fee is NON-refundable. Do not send payment; RWHC will invoice your organization. Substitutions are not accepted after the first learning session.

Program Description

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 into 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. – Click here to view Nurse Residency Program Overview –

Program Coordinator

Erin Smital

Erin Smital, RN, is the Nursing Professional Development Educator, Nurse Residency Coordinator and Lean Residency Coordinator at the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. Along with being an RN, Erin brings forward years of experience in various leadership roles in and out of healthcare. In addition to developing and presenting numerous leadership and nursing focused workshops, she also provides training in de-escalation as a Certified Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor., 608-643-1066

Program Goals

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

  • Enhance recruitment/retention of the new graduate nurse
  • 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
  • Be accountable for the kind of nurse he/she chooses to be

Nurse Resident Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for this program, the nurse resident needs to:

  • Have graduated within the last two years or is returning to active practice*
  • Have passed the NCLEX and be licensed in Wisconsin*
    *These are negotiable.

Nurse residents are expected to:

  • Attend all monthly learning sessions
  • Arrange schedule to avoid working night shift immediately prior to session
  • Complete preparatory work for the monthly learning sessions
  • Be engaged in the learning process


"RWHC is the reason that I am still in nursing. While nurse residency helped with the day to day stress of taking your knowledge and actually applying it to real patients without supervision, for me it was so much more. It was a place to laugh, a place to commiserate, a place to cry and a place to feel safe with people who were going through the same things I was."

-- Nikki S., Nurse Residency Participant

“The Nurse Residency program takes the overwhelming amount of information you get in nursing school and ties it all together based on things you are experiencing every day at your work place. It is a wonderful learning environment that fosters effective interdisciplinary communication and encourages you to question you and your workplaces practices."

-- Jessica M., Nurse Residency Participant

"Critical thinking is something that new nurses struggle with and develop over time. This program helps develop these skills in a number of different areas throughout the time of the program."

-- Heidi S., Clinical Educator

"What I valued about the Nurse Residency Program was a safe place to share both struggles and successes that I was experiencing as a new nurse. I was able to learn from my peers as they shared their experiences as well. I learned how to stand up for myself and to own my own actions, and to deal with workplace conflicts in a positive way."

-- Tammy T., Nurse Residency Participant

Session Dates

Cohort 1: Learning Sessions
October 25, 2022 Session 1:
Building Capacity to Learn
November 29, 2022 Session 2:
Building Capacity within the Self
December 12, 2022 Session 3:
Building Capacity as a Team Member
January 24, 2023 Session 4:
Building Capacity as a Practitioner:  Respiratory
February 22, 2023 Session 5:
Building Capacity as a Practitioner:  Cardiovascular
March 21, 2023 Session 6:
Building Capacity as a Practitioner:  Neurological and Pain
April 25, 2023 Session 7:
Building Capacity as a Practitioner:  GI and Renal
May 23, 2023 Session 8:
Building Capacity as a Practitioner:  Pediatrics, Gerontology and End of Life
June 27, 2023 Session 9:
Building a Capacity as a Practitioner:  Endocrine & Immune Sytem/Shock
July 25, 2023 Session 10:
Building Capacity as a Practitioner:  Musculoskeletal & Integument
August 29, 2023 Session 11:
Building Capacity within the Organization
September 26, 2023 Session 12:
Building Capacity within the Profession