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All Saints Nurse Residency Program

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints is proud to offer the All Saints Nurse Residency Program to support new graduate nurses. All Saints partnered with Marquette University and 40 other hospitals and health care organizations across Wisconsin to develop this program. Since June 2007, All Saints has been sustaining this program without the support of the grant. As a graduate nurse involved in this program, you will join with other new nurses to develop your practice. You will learn from experienced nurses and other care providers who will share their knowledge and clinical experience with you.

Key Components

This exciting and innovative program builds on your undergraduate education competencies through several key components: 

Facilitated Learning Sessions

Monthly sessions will engage you in an interactive, enriching learning process. You will be provided the opportunity to reflect on your own practice by participating in various learning activities, such as case study discussion and dialogue with advanced practice nurses and other care providers. You will be guided through the application of knowledge to advance clinical judgment skills and ability to problem solve effectively. The learning sessions address topics that are crucial for new graduates to master including delegation, prioritization, communication with other healthcare professionals, and team management skills. This program also assists you in building skill and knowledge with caring for complex patient populations. 


Leadership team members will help guide your development and learning through your initial orientation period and then through the first one to two years of practice. They will help tie in take-aways for practice from monthly learning sessions to your own practice and as you encounter new patient care situations.


Requirements for Participation

All new nursing graduates hired at All Saints participate in the All Saints Nurse Residency Program.

Participation in Program Evaluation Activities

Although the All Saints Nurse Residency Program is no longer under the auspices of grant funding, we still collect data on all new nursing graduates and how we are supporting you in your transition to practice. There are some evaluation tools to complete at beginning, midpoint and endpoint of the first year of practice. All data collected is kept confidential.


Do I need to apply to the All Saints Nurse Residency Program?
No. The program coordinator, Human Resources and nursing leadership team members work closely to ensure that all new nursing graduates are included in this program.

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 approximately two months after your start date and continue for one year extending into your second year of practice. Nursing leaders will continue to offer resources and other opportunities to discuss practice experiences and further build professional development during your second year of practice.

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?
No. All new nursing graduates hired at All Saints participate in the Nurse Residency Program.

How long are the monthly learning sessions?
Each month for one year after the formal start of the program, you will attend a four-hour monthly learning session. You will be paid for attending the learning sessions.

What topics are covered in the learning sessions?
Some of the topics include: delegation, conflict resolution, care of complex patients with cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, renal/kidney disease, diabetes; care of surgical patients-pre, intra- and post-op; special populations-bariatric, geriatric, obstetric, mental health.

Who is involved with the monthly learning sessions?
The coordinator of the program is Mary Trudell, and all of the nursing leadership team members are actively involved in this program, from supporting your participation through scheduling, facilitating small discussion groups, and supporting your professional development plan. Nurse practitioners, physicians, CNSs, educators and staff nurses participate in facilitating content presentations and discussions at the monthly learning sessions.

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.

Will my manager arrange the sessions around my work schedule?
You and your manager will discuss schedule arrangements to allow you to attend the learning sessions.

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

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.

These materials have been adapted from the Wisconsin Nurse Residency Program (WNRP), which was supported by funds from the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources Services Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services under grant number D64HP03092. Used with permission from Marilyn Meyer Bratt, PhD, RN, WNRP Project Director and Marquette University.

More Information

For more information regarding the All Saints Nurse Residency Program, please contact:

Mary K. Trudell, MS, RN
Education Manager, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints
All Saints Nurse Residency Program Coordinator

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