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New CMMC Nurse Residency Program to be Unveiled on March 7

Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions are launching a specialty care nurse residency program.

The new Cardiac Nurse Residency program will provide an educational pathway for graduate nurses to gain the knowledge and experience needed to provide acute cardiovascular nursing care.

"The College of Nursing and CMMC have developed a collaborative program to transition graduate nurses into acute cardiac care nurses. The curriculum allows nurses to gain clinical knowledge and confidence through the development of critical inquiry and evidence-based practice," said College of Nursing Director Nancy Jo Ross.

Scheduled to begin in June, the Cardiac Nurse Residency program will foster professional development based on the individual nurse resident's learning needs.

"Our objective is to help nurse residents assure their clinical competence, fine-tune professional behaviors, and enhance communication skills though an educational model that combines preceptorship and mentorship, and integrates classroom and online learning, clinical simulation, and hands-on experience in cardiovascular acute care," Ross explained.

The nurse resident will begin the program under the guidance of a primary preceptor. Program content, which includes instruction from College of Nursing faculty, consists of a core curriculum, standards of practice, and a cardiac/critical care course. After completing the 12-week program, the nurse residents will continue their critical care orientation under the guidance of a mentor for a year.

The program will be offered for positions in the CMMC Intensive Care Unit and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute Single-Stay Unit.

Registered nurses interested in learning more about the Cardiac Nurse Residency program are urged to attend an informational session on March 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chairmen's Rooms, located on the lower level of the 12 High Street medical office building in Lewiston. Those nurses planning on attending the session are urged to RSVP by call CMMC Human Resources at 795-2392.