Magnet Nursing

Nurse Residency Program

Aspirus Wausau Hospital is one of many sites throughout the state to implement the Wisconsin Nurse Residency Program. Since 2007 over 200 newly licensed registered nurses have participated in the year-long program at Aspirus.  Main components of the program include:

  • Monthly learning sessions — Various clinical and non-clinical topics are discussed and explored.  In addition to providing information, a main goal of the monthly learning sessions is to provide support to the participants, helping them to see that others are having some "new nurse" struggles as well. This is one aspect of the program new nurses have found to be particularly valuable.
  • Clinical coaching — Aspirus Wausau Hospital has a number of trained coaches who meet periodically with new nurses to provide additional support. Each new nurse chooses a coach who can provide assistance with clinical, professional, interpersonal, and other issues of concern to the new nurse.
  • Professional development plan — Each nurse is asked to write several goals they would like to accomplish in the next year, along with a brief plan of how these goals will be accomplished. This plan is used in the employee's performance appraisals.

The nurse residency program has been successful in terms of participant satisfaction, decreased turnover, and increased involvement in professional activities such as council membership.