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Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Starting your nursing career with our Graduate Nurse Residency Program

Congratulations on your recent graduation from nursing school!  A wonderful world of opportunities are waiting for you as you enter the workforce and begin to put to use the information and skills you have mastered through your studies.

Southwest General is excited to help new nurse RNs through the transition from student to employed caregiver through its Graduate Nurse Residency Program (GNRP).  Having a structured environment in which to launch your career will only support, enhance and reinforce your new professional experience!

What is the GNRP?

The GNRP is a free, 12-month program based on a rolling calendar. All new graduate RNs will sharpen their caregiving practices through the support of a preceptor/mentor, cognitive exercises and skill labs.  This experience is designed to bridge the gap between academia and the workplace by providing a structured environment to develop knowledge of internal processes, skill, professionalism and to increase critical thinking.  The program will help to reduce transition stress and increase job satisfaction.

Who is eligible for the nurse residency program?

All new graduate registered nurses (one year or less work experience) who become employees of Southwest General will automatically be enrolled in the GNRP.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Smooth transition to practice
  • Clinical support
  • Individualized attention to accommodate all levels of expertise
  • Timely feedback
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Small-group, shared learning environment
  • Opportunity for professional development
  • Build stress management skills
  • Quarterly continuing education

Do I need to apply specifically for the GNRP before applying for a job at Southwest?

No. Simply apply for an RN position. Those who are hired and meet eligibility criteria for the GNRP will automatically be enrolled during Clinical Orientation.

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