"Launch into Nursing" Graduate Nurse Residency
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 of the program complement one another and provide the opportunity for a well-balanced orientation to 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 also will 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.
"Launch into Nursing" residents will gain clinical experience through:
- Completion of Performance-Based Developmental System (PBDS) and assessment of critical thinking, interpersonal skills and technical skills base
- Collaboration with clinical nursing instructors, clinical coaches and nurse managers to design an 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
"Launch into Nursing" residents will gain leadership and socialization skills through:
- A scheduled eight-hour paid education day off the unit each month to participate in required classes and activities
- An entire residency program length of 12 months
- Informal, one-on-one meetings 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.
"Launch into Nursing" residents will:
- Be accountable for the management and provision of patient care in his or her assigned area
- Assess patients’ needs for nursing care and other services
- Collaborate with physicians, other services, patients and patients’ families to plan patient care and evaluate outcomes
- Improve practice by integrating results and theories of research studies and actively participate in data collection for current studies
- Demonstrate clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies
- Ensure integration of safety and quality standards into practice and delivery of team care
- Document patient care according to established standards
- Access, input and retrieve information from computer systems
- Assure continuity of care through appropriate discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services
- Act as a patient and family advocate in order to uphold patient rights
- Organize and prioritize the work of the patient care team
- Train, coach and assist members of the patient care team to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources
- Effectively and consistently function in related roles as required, e.g., charge nurse, preceptor or protocol manager
For More Information
Contact Human Resources – Recruitment Office at 713-745-6200 for more details.