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Roane Medical Center Embarks on New Nurse Graduate Residency Program

Posted on November 30, 2015

In April of this year, Roane Medical Center (RMC) embarked upon a New Nurse Graduate Residency Program with Lea Ann Habib, RN RMC since 2010, as its education coordinator. Leigh Ann’s 13 year RN experience includes preceptor for new nurses in the Emergency Department; East TN Children’s Hospital, NICU; United States Air Force, Captain; PACU RN; Certifications in ACLS, PALS, and NRP and she is currently pursuing her MSN in Education.

Roane Medical Center Nurse Residency Program graduatesThe New Graduate Nurse Residency Program at RMC is for new nurses who have just graduated from their program or have been in practice for one year or less. It is an intensive orientation/mentorship that lasts for one year. Through recruitment efforts in the community, the need to help new graduate nurses transition into the roll of a nurse and further their career in the field presented itself. The first class had 12 new nurses enrolled on the medical surgical floor and in the emergency department. “We are trying to equip them with the tools to further their career in the future and create a strong foundation,” says Lea Ann. Roane Medical Center has the first nurse residency program for Covenant Health. “Increasing the confidence of new nurse graduates into the actual workplace is an extremely important part of orienting with their new role. This extended program has allowed this time for new nurses to grow and learn from those who have the knowledge and skill set to treat our patients with excellent care,” said Donita Beard, Nursing Manager at Roane Medical Center.

New graduate nurses begin at one of two times during the year, promptly after their May or December graduations. They complete regular orientation for a certain number of hours, then work with the residency coordinator as their mentor the rest of the year. Lea Ann says, “This is a great opportunity for RMC and a wonderful opportunity for new nurses to help place them in a great job at Covenant Health.”

On October 28, 2015, Roane Medical Center held its first-ever Nurse Residency Graduation in the Stowers-Rotary Community Room located at the hospital. The new nurse graduate residents and their coaches enjoyed an evening of food, conversation and celebration in their accomplishments in completing the program. Several of the new nurse graduate residents presented on why this program was important to them and how it will help them grow into the position they were called to do. Many of the nurse resident coaches (or mentors) spoke to the residents on their increased confidence levels and professional growth throughout the program. “It is important that we recognize our staff for creating a positive educational environment for nurses into the workplace,” said Carolyn Shipley, Chief Nursing Officer of Roane Medical Center. “We are proud of the work our nurse resident coaches and mentors have put into this program and congratulate all of the new graduate nurses for their hard work and dedication to orienting themselves in their professional nursing roles.”

RMC Recognizes these 2015 Nurse Residents:

  • Cody Anderson
  • Kristi Baker
  • Stephanie Curtin
  • Robin Feliciano
  • Paula Lyke
  • Carleen Mobley
  • Heather Neely
  • Hannah Schubert
  • Russell Shuey
  • Pam Sutton
  • April Thompson-Persinger

RMC Recognizes these 2015 Nurse Resident Coaches:

  • Bethany Allen
  • Martha Bennett
  • Sandra Benson
  • Jaime Blankenship
  • Stacey Hall
  • Amy Ingram
  • Meagan Lambert
  • Robin Pate
  • Debra Terrell
  • Carolyn Vaisey
  • Brittany White

For more information about the program, contact Carolyn Shipley at (865) 316-2000 or Donita Beard at (865) 316-3060.


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