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Franklin, MOSH & St. Francis Nurse Residency Program

Franklin & Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin is proud to support new nurse transition to practice with Nurse Residency and Mentorship Program Opportunities at Franklin and the Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (MOSH).

Our Nurse Residency and Mentorship Program is a two-part program which helps new nurse graduates and newly licensed nurses assimilate to their new roles. Newly licensed nurses participate in the program for one year.

The Nurse Residency Program at Franklin consists of quarterly sessions, which help the nurse develop his or her skills:

  • Mastery of clinical skills 
  • Time management 
  • Development of clinical judgment and decision-making 
  • Knowledge to manage a team of patients and coordinate a team of interdisciplinary health care members to positively impact patient outcomes 

Program participants are also paired with a nurse mentor who is an experienced Registered Nurse who will help support and develop the newly licensed nurse after the initial orientation period is complete. The nurse mentor will help the new nurse transition to the role by providing feedback, coaching, guidance and clinical expertise important to practice and skill development during the first year of practice.

More Information

For more information regarding the Franklin and MOSH Nurse Residency program, please contact:

Tiffany Horrigan, BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Development Coordinator, ICU & Nursing Administration

Kurtis Hammitt, MSN, RN
Clinical Development Coordinator, Medical Surgical

St. Francis

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis is delighted to offer a Nurse Residency Program to support our new graduate nurses. We are committed to providing an environment and the resources to aide in the growth and confidence of the new nurse.

In order to better serve the newly licensed Registered Nurse:

  • Our program will meet once a month for two hours over the first year of their practice career.
  • We will highlight a different topic each session.
  • You will share practice experiences with other new nursing colleagues and clinical experts in a welcoming and caring atmosphere.
  • Experienced clinical experts will provide clinical support and clinical “pearls” to support practice development.
  • Using an interactive approach to enhance learning, you will build critical thinking skills and strengthen your knowledge base and confidence in the role of the nurse.
  • We will also celebrate practice milestones and career accomplishments.


Do I need to apply to the St. Francis Nurse Residency Program?
No, once you are hired on as a staff member at St. Francis, the program coordinator and the unit’s nursing leadership team members will work closely to ensure that all new nursing graduates are included within the program. After your first day, you will begin receiving emails from the program coordinators regarding each session.

How long does the program last?
The program lasts one year.

When does the program begin?
You will be in the program from your hire date, in that your orientation is structured and tailored to the new nursing graduates. Your preceptors will help to orient you to practice within the organization and on your unit, and they will also facilitate your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The monthly learning sessions begin at the end of your first month and extend through your first year of practice. The program has a rolling admission, which means that every month we have participants coming and going depending on hire date. This way you can receive advice, feedback, tips, etc. from those who have already been part of the program.

Do I need to have taken the NCLEX before I start the program?
You do not need to take the NCLEX before you start in the Nurse Residency Program; however, you must take the NCLEX within 90 days after graduation, per WI SBON regulations.

Can I still continue in the program if I do not pass NCLEX?
Yes. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with your leadership team members.

Is the program voluntary?
All new nursing graduates hired at St. Francis participate in the Nurse Residency Program.

When are the residency meetings?
There are 10 residency meetings per calendar year. They are offered monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1-3 pm, with the exception of July and December.

Will I be paid to attend these meetings?
Yes. Attending the monthly meetings is part of your work time.

Do I need to attend every session?
Attending the monthly learning sessions is considered part of your work time. If you are unable to attend, you will need to notify the program coordinator and a designated member of your leadership team. However, please note that nurse residency programs are evidence-based and have been proven to provide benefits to the newly licensed nurse.

Will my manager arrange the sessions around my work schedule?
Yes and no. It is your professional responsibility to submit a schedule request to your leadership to ensure you can attend the sessions. However, if you contact your nursing leadership and request off they will make sure you can attend the sessions.

What topics are covered in the learning sessions?
Some of the topics include: prioritization/delegation, respiratory, pharmacology, lab interpretation, pain management, patient assessment, patient experience and SBAR.

Who is involved with the monthly learning sessions?
The coordinators of the program are Renae Schmeling and Eileen Tuschl. Numerous members of our St. Francis interdisciplinary health care team participate as content experts for presentations and discussions at the monthly learning sessions.

What is the difference between the Nurse Residency Program and regular orientation?
The Nurse Residency Program is a structured program to facilitate transition to the professional role of the nurse. It is also an innovative way to discuss topics that typically may have been included in the first week of orientation; spreading topics and discussions out over a period of time allows new graduates to use their own experiences to build knowledge.

How will my participation in the Nurse Residency Program benefit me?
Participation in the Nurse Residency Program benefits the new graduate through networking, learning from your new nurse colleagues and advanced practice nurses, and building on your own experiences in practice.

More Information

For more information regarding the St. Francis Nurse Residency program, please contact:

Linda Hanke BSN, RN, CMSRN
Clinical Development Coordinator, Medical/Oncology Unit

Eileen E. Tuschl, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, APNP
Clinical Development Coordinator, Ambulatory Services

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