Meet Erica Parlante, RN...
A Registered Nurse on the Oncology Unit
"It was reassuring that the residency program made it gradual so I had a chance to develop confidence in my nursing skills." She admits. "Now, I love it."
Erica notes that when she was exploring residency opportunities at other hospitals, many of them had only six to twelve week programs.
"It comes down to the issue of safety and feeling more comfortable," she added. "Middlesex Hospital offered both classes and a support group for new nurses. Noone else offered that."
Meet Cheryl Levesque, RN...
A Registered Nurse on North 5
"I am very pleased with the new Nurse Residency Program, especially the support and encouragement I received from the entire staff. My transition from Nurse Resident to staff Nurse has been very smooth. My Preceptor was an excellent role model. She was always willing to listen, guide me in managing more complicated patient care problems, and offer constructive advice.
I highly recommend the Middlesex Residency Program for new graduate nurses. The length of the Program ensures that we receive the individualized attention we need during those critical first four months to practice new skills and gain confidence in a new role. Throughout the year, the Program offers ongoing support that enables new graduates to become safe, competent, and independent practitioners."