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New nurses transition to clinical leaders

Three nurses display residency poster

Jadia Ditzler, B.S.N., R.N.; Melissa Lewis, B.S.N., R.N.; and Jennifer Sies, B.S.N., R.N.

In June 2010, the Medical Center welcomed its first group of graduate nurse residents. The Nurse Residency Program is a twelve-month program for graduates of baccalaureate programs in nursing designed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and administered by the University Hospital Consortium (UHC). The AACN/UHC Nurse Residency Program (NRP) includes a series of learning and work experiences designed to assist graduate nurses as they transition into their first professional roles.

For many new nurses beginning their careers, shifting from the academic world to a clinical environment can be a big adjustment. “One of the major focuses for the program is to assist the nurse in this transition with the goal of improving nurse retention, both at a national level and here at Penn State Hershey,” explains Mary Lou Kanaskie, M.S., R.N.-B.C., A.O.C.N., clinical nurse educator, NRP coordinator. “By following new nurses through their first year of employment, we can provide positive experiences and reinforcement that will encourage them to stay both at Penn State Hershey and in the nursing profession.”

The NRP goes beyond a new nurse’s orientation and preceptor programs. “Since this program spans the entire first year of clinical care, there’s an opportunity to cover broader topics that will have more meaning a few months into the job rather than in the first few weeks,” explains Beth Bates, R.N., B.S., N.D., instructor, Penn State School of Nursing. One example of how topics are explored is through their “Tales from the Bedside” discussions, which allow small groups of nurses to reflect on their shared experiences.


July 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

The Hershey Company: A tradition of giving and partnership

If it’s true that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give, then Milton S. Hershey’s legacy continues to make for an extraordinary life.

Milton S. Hershey is familiar to some who visit the Medical Center bearing his name, and to others who simply enjoy his namesake chocolate candy. But many people probably aren’t aware of the far-reaching influence of this businessman, leader, and philanthropist. Taken together, the long history among Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, and The Hershey Company begins to reveal his wide-ranging impact.

For instance, this unique partnership continues to lead the way locally and nationally, working seamlessly toward a common goal — improving the lives of children and the quality of life in the region. And in the last couple decades the steadfast efforts of dedicated men and women embracing Hershey’s vision have left their own imprint. Here are some of the highlights. (more…)

June 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

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