The New Graduate Residency Program gives MacNeal the opportunity to assist new nurses to expand their knowledge base in a nurturing environment and provide the support which is so vital during the first year in their profession. The program enhances their unit-based orientation and promotes the need for constant learning and best practices, which is the core of nursing. The program also enables the hospital to illustrate its commitment to helping them succeed in their careers and retaining them as long-term employees. This was the program's fifth year.
The year-long program consists of monthly sessions where presentations are made by multiple disciplines addressing topics relevant to the nurses' needs. They are introduced to the resources that are available to assist in their practice. It also enables the new graduates to socialize and realize that they are alone.
The Fiscal Year 2010 New Graduate Residency Program classes included 26 nurses and had a 92% retention rate.