Methodist Charlton Medical Center Debuts ED RN Residency Program

by Genean Grant, MHA, BSN, RN, CNRN Manager, Emergency Services, Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Methodist Charlton Medical Center will launch an Emergency Department (ED) RN Residency Program in October for experienced RNs who are looking to change clinical areas. This exciting and challenging program is now accepting applications from RNs with at least two years of experience in another nursing specialty such as med-surg or critical care. The 12-week program offers a $5,000 sign-on bonus and relocation assistance. Deadline to submit an application is August 15.

You may ask yourself, “Why become an ED RN?” It’s fast paced. You’ll be exposed to many diverse patients who come into the ED with a wide variety of disease processes. One of the most rewarding things about the ED is that you can often see results from your care almost immediately. And at the end of the day, you’ll realize that many of your skills and interventions can and really do save lives. That’s amazingly gratifying. Every day we talk about the lifelong lessons and memories that are created here.

Why am I so excited about the ED RN Residency Program? We are looking for nurses who are energetic, have a desire for professional growth, and want to take their skills to the next level. This opportunity gives you a chance to work at one of the busiest EDs in the area, plus Methodist Charlton is Chest Pain Accredited, Stroke Certified, and working on a Level III Trauma Center designation. Not only do we work together as a team, our culture is like family. We respect each other, support each other, and collaborate to be the best caregivers possible. What’s more, our Methodist Charlton president is an RN — she speaks our language and understands our needs — she has our backs!

The program offers classroom and clinical training with preceptors, teaching participants new skills and empowering them to enhance the patient experience in an environment that has a laser focus on achieving Magnet® status. This is also an important pillar in our commitment to help our nurses become lifelong learners.

The first five weeks of the program will involve intensive classroom learning including clinical expert presenters who will teach primary systems such as cardiology, respiratory, and gastroenterology. These sessions will help participants expand critical-thinking skills and broaden their clinical care knowledge. In the following weeks, students will be paired with preceptors in a one-on-one relationship to help transition them into the ED. Students will have one patient during the first week in the ED, two patients the second week, working up to four patients. This gradual transition will help students understand each level of care in the ED as well as become members of our healthcare team.

In addition, supplemental classes will cover topics such as IV drips, improved assessment of the patient, and becoming a better patient advocate. We’ll help students with time management so they can assess patients and effectively document their care and interventions. The final few weeks of the program will allow students to work independently with direct supervision, creating an ideal environment for students to learn to work within their care teams. Depending on the individual student’s needs, refresher training will be conducted up to a full year to readdress and reinforce skills and critical thinking.

Remember, the application deadline is August 15. If you’re interested in applying for the ED RN Residency Program that will take you to the next level, let’s connect at http://jobs.methodisthealthsystem.org/lp/mcmc-ed-rn-residency/. We look forward to learning more about you.

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