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Iowa hospitals push nurse residency programs | Nurse Residency Programs

Iowa hospitals push nurse residency programs

April 21, 2013 11:20 pm


Iowa hospitals push nurse residency programs

Looking into the eyes of her dying patient’s children last week, Mercy Medical Center nurse Sarah Pudenz asked if they wanted to lower the bed rail and lie down next to him.

Pudenz moved the tissue box closer to them as their father neared the end of his life. She asked if she could get them anything to drink or care for them in any other way.

“That was phenomenal,” Mercy Leadership Development Coordinator Pat Bayles told Pudenz, who had just completed a training exercise challenging her to respond in an end-of-life scenario.

Pudenz is among a group of newly hired nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids who started a six-month residency program last week. Mercy since 2006 has required every newly hired nurse with under a year of experience to go through the program.

 

— Read full article published on April 17 at http://thegazette.com/2013/04/17/iowa-hospitals-push-nurse-residency-programs/