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BBGH Partners with University of Iowa Nurse Residency Program

Box Butte General Hospital is offering new opportunities for nurses through its nurse residency program.

Developed as a way to recruit and retain new nurses into the profession out of college, the program is seen as a great way to help ease the transition from student to new RN. Jordan Colwell, Chief Nursing Officer at BBGH says, "because the first year of the nursing profession can be so tough, many professional surveys have shown without a structured and individualized onboarding program, most nurses will leave that hospital and the profession within the first three months of employment. Our goal is to provide support and guidance through our residency program so new nurses will stay in the profession for a long time."

The hospital has added a new online partnership through the University of Iowa College of Nursing’s Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program beginning in August 2022 allowing students to participate in online learning modules, virtual discussions, and a residency project at the end that will directly affect patient outcomes. Brianna Sherlock, BSN, RN is our program coordinator at BBGH and she will help mentor the new nurses along with their managers for the first year of employment. She states, "the intent of our nurse residency program will be to help recent nursing graduates confidently transition into their new role and gain the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve here at Box Butte General Hospital." 

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing