The "Launch into Nursing" residency program is designed to be a component of the new-graduate nurse’s formal orientation at MD Anderson. The clinical, leadership and socialization aspects complement one another and provide the opportunity for a well-balanced orientation into the role of registered nurse.
New-graduate nurses will initiate professional nursing practice careers in a supportive environment committed to mentoring, coaching and learning. They will build confidence through a structured, professional transition-into-practice experience that is customized to individual developmental needs. They will also develop leadership skills that will positively impact the clinical practice environment and patient outcomes.
New-graduate nurses will create and enhance professional networks and relationships with peers during the residency, while honing and developing clinical and leadership skills in a world-class academic medical institution.
- Completion of Performance-Based Developmental System (PBDS) and assessment of critical thinking, interpersonal and technical skills base
- Collaboration with clinical nursing instructors, clinical coaches and nurse managers to design individualized pathway for clinical development of each new-graduate nurse
- Participation in MD Anderson’s clinical nursing orientation program
- Participation in oncology-specialty orientation specific to assigned units
- Participation in evaluation of individual progress and overall program
Leadership and Socialization
- Scheduled eight-hour paid education day off the unit each month to participate in required class and activities
- Entire residency program length is 12 months
- Informal, one-on-one meetings are conducted at scheduled intervals throughout the program to provide additional support and to monitor the new-graduate nurse’s progress
- Socialization activities
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited school of professional nursing. They must obtain a temporary GN permit or RN license from the State of Texas prior to beginning employment. Phone screening will take place as applications are received.
- Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in assigned area
- Assesses patients’ needs for nursing care and other services
- Collaborates with physicians, other services, patients and patients’ families to plan care and evaluate outcomes
- Improves practice by integrating results and theories of research studies and actively participates in data collection for current studies
- Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies
- Ensures integration of safety and quality standards into practice and delivery of team care
- Documents care according to established standards
- Accesses, inputs and retrieves information from computer systems
- Assures continuity of care through appropriate discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services
- Acts as a patient and family advocate in order to uphold patient rights
- Organizes and prioritizes work of patient care team
- Trains, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources
- Effectively and consistently functions in related roles as required, e.g., charge nurse, preceptor or protocol manager