by Victor Lopez
MIDLAND--Keeping it's nurses happy and on the job is one of Midland Memorial Hospital's main objectives. "We want them to be a part of our family," Angelina Winslett, the program's Medical Surgical Nurse Educator, said.
Up to 60 percent of new nurses leave the profession within their first two years.
"It's frightening to know that we're short on nurses anyway and that so many people decide to become a nurse and then leave," Kyle Comin, a recent graduate, said.
Kyle's only been on the job a month. He came to Midland Memorial just for the Versant RN Residency Program. That's where the experts teach the rookie nurses the ropes.
"Some of those experts are nurses on the floor, who are doing hands on patient care, that are teaching our new nurses what needs to be done at the hospital with our patients," Winslett explained.
That means alot to new nurses like Kyle, "That's what makes it work. Because someone who knows the profession, has been in the profession and is still in the profession, has come up with this."
The ICU and CCU units take care of the most critical patients at Midland Memorial Hospital. That's why it's important that all nurses, play at the top of their game.
But that's tough on new nurses, who become overwhelmed. A lot of times they call it quits. That's why this program is so crucial.
According to Comin, "We go out and we pass off skills that these nurses have said they're doing all the time. We're getting the confidence in those basic skills that we know we'll be performing all the time."
The program lasts anywhere from four to six months. Winslett says, when it's all said and done, the experience gained, will be priceless, "They will be confident and competent, compared to a nurse who has had a year and a half experience."
That's important for Kyle, who's chosen a tough area to work in, the Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Unit, "Just to work really hard and to make sure my skills are appropriate so when I get out on the unit, by myself, I'm fully competent to take care of the patients that I have."