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Northwest Rural Nurse Residency Program — University of Idaho | Nurse Residency Programs

Northwest Rural Nurse Residency Program — University of Idaho

Northwest Rural Nurse Residency Program — University of Idaho

University of Idaho Northwest Rural Nurse Residency Program In October 2008 an advisory committee and curriculum development committee began the innovative development process. The program is an extension of the first distance education rural nurse residency developed in 2004 for acute care settings. Preceptors are trained in critical thinking development, education practices, role transitions and […]

University of Idaho Northwest Rural Nurse Residency Program

In October 2008 an advisory committee and curriculum development committee began the innovative development process. The program is an extension of the first distance education rural nurse residency developed in 2004 for acute care settings. Preceptors are trained in critical thinking development, education practices, role transitions and rural nursing theory. Preceptors are given recognition and support for the important position they play in developing the nurse workforce. Preceptors are provided assessment tools and strategies for developing customized learning and evaluation plans.

Residents commit to 104 hours of supervised practice with an expert rural preceptor and 64 hours of didactic information before receiving a rural nurse certificate. The customized residency is based on residency standards developed by the National Council of State Boards. Individual assessments and prioritization of learning needs allow hospitals and agencies to individualize the curriculum to specific job descriptions. Required content includes:

  • Participants enjoy a yearly workshop using high fidelity simulation to practice crisis assessment and management in six nursing subspecialties.
  • Residents use YouTube and other web technologies to practice critical reasoning in changing patient condition settings
  • Telemedicine, Elluminate, Breeze, and other rich media technologies are used to carry content to frontier and rural work settings.

The competencies were developed by many rural educators and directors of nursing from the United States and Canada. Instructors are experience rural nurse educators. Each resident is paired with a certified preceptor who guides the learning, socialization and evaluation experiences. The preceptor also provides encouragement, guidance, and feedback through the first year of practice. The graduating residents then become eligible to take the certified preceptor training so they can then support the next generation of new employees.