About the Program

For More Information Contact Us

Bonnie Leman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC,
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
Email: Bonnie.Leman@hsc.utah.edu

Health care is an exciting industry that provides rewarding opportunities for nurses; however, we know that it can also be demanding. Taking your first steps as a nurse in a new organization can feel daunting, but you don’t need to do it alone.

University of Utah Health is launching two new programs to help RNs transition successfully into their new roles by providing, training, support, and peer networking:

  1. Transition to Practice Program
  2. Nurse Residency Program

By offering these programs, we hope to empower our newly hired nurses to develop the skills, critical thinking abilities, knowledge, and relationships that will help them to grow a successful and rewarding career here at University of Utah Health.

Transition to Practice Program

Our Transition to Practice Program will be provided to all registered nurses (both new and experienced) hired onto our acute care and rehab units. This seven-week program will provide a foundation for the standards of care that we value at University of Utah Health.

In the four-hour weekly sessions, learners will practice important skills and learn about safe practices and protocols we use here at the U. Training topics will include:

  • emergency management,
  • IV skills,
  • medication safety,
  • safe patient handling,
  • resource utilization,
  • emotional resilience, and
  • more.

This program will provide a safe space for newly hired RNs to practice skills, ask questions, and learn about the culture of care we strive for at University of Utah Health.

Nurse Residency Program

Our nurse residency program is a year-long educational experience designed for new graduate registered nurses (including any RN with less than one year of clinical nursing experience). This program will include participating in the seven-week transition to practice program and then attending monthly residency sessions for the rest of the year.

In these sessions, learners will receive in-depth education on various subjects including:

  • patient safety;
  • time management;
  • responding to patient emergencies;
  • neurological, cardiac, and respiratory assessment and interventions;
  • professional development;
  • evidence-based practice; and
  • additional emotional resiliency training.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with their peers from other specialties and learn from clinical experts.

For More Information

For more information please contact:

Bonnie Leman, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
Email: Bonnie.Leman@hsc.utah.edu