RN Training and Internship Programs

To build upon your skills you have learned in school and to give you greater opportunities to pursue the areas of nursing you desire, the Health Alliance has developed the following programs for your career development:

*** New For 2008 – Clinical Externships



Critical Care Internship

Program is offered in the summer, fall, and winter at Health Alliance Hospitals. This program is designed to prepare graduate RNs to function competently and confidently in critical care units. Under the guidance of Clinical Nurse Specialists, you will have the opportunity to practice clinical skills, sharpen your nursing judgment, organize care for several diverse patients, improve your communication skills, learn about the most up-to-date equipment, as well as treatment, and gain an appreciation for the special interaction between critically-ill patients and their families.

Requirements: Recent graduate of an NLN approved program, or out of acute care practice for more than one year, a minimum GPA of 3.0, satisfactory references from two senior level instructors; written statement of why you would benefit from the internship, and agree to work 18 months from date of hire on a critical care unit.


Medical-Surgical Internship

The medical-surgical internship is offered in the fall at The Christ Hospital. The internship is open to all new graduates. The goal of the program is to ease the transition from student to registered nurse. This is accomplished by introducing / reviewing critical concepts and skills for patient care at The Christ Hospital. Included are such topics as the dialysis patient, wound and ostomy care, codes, and the confused patient along with fine points of documentation in each area. Experiences are also scheduled with Respiratory Therapy, the Diabetes Educator, and IV Educator.


OR TRAINING PROGRAM

This program is offered in the summer and winter for new grads and experienced RNs. Training is approximately six months and you will be taught to scrub and circulate. You must live within one-half hour for call purposes. Training utilizes Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) course materials.


OR Novice Training Program

The program at the University Hospital is offered in the Summer and Winter for new grad and experienced RNs. Training is approximately six months or longer. You will be taught to scrub and circulate and will rotate through all teams. You must live within one-half hour for call purposes.


Oncology/ Bone Marrow Transplant Orientation Training Program

This program is offered at The Jewish Hospital for new grad and experienced RNs and will prepare you to work in the field of Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant. Clinical orientation can begin at any time for licensed RNs, with some flexibility in scheduling classes. Total program time is approximately eight weeks in addition to classes in EKG interpretation, Chemotherapy administration, and various oncology topics. Classroom portion includes in-depth coverage of oncology diagnoses and state of the art treatments. Other topics include IV therapy, cardiac and respiratory assessment specific to the oncology patient population. A clinical component with a preceptor is also included .


Program for the Advancement of Clinical Excellence (PACE) in Cardiac Nursing

PACE is a 12-month cardiology nurse residency program that will provide RNs with the education and skills to enter into cardiac care. Includes Critical Care Internship Program instruction, orientation to all areas of cardiology, speakers and shadowing opportunities. A clinical component with a preceptor is included. Applications accepted at any time.

Requirements: Recent graduate of an NLN approved program, or out of acute care practice for more than one year, a minimum GPA of 3.0, satisfactory references from two senior level instructors; written statement of why you would benefit from the internship, and agree to work 18 months from date of hire on a critical care unit.


Program for the Advancement of Clinical Excellence (PACE) in High Acuity Medical Nursing

The PACE program will assist new graduates in entering the field of medical inpatient nursing at University Hospital. Includes didactic and active learning and focuses on complex conditions in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, organ failure/ transplant, and pulmonary disease. Program offers ongoing support by preceptor, speakers and shadowing opportunities as well as medical-surgical certification course.


Program for the Advancement of Clinical Excellence (P.A.C.E.) in Transplant Nursing

This P.A.C.E. program is a 12-month nurse residency program in the field of transplantation that will provide RNs with the education and skill to care for the transplant patient. Following completion of the program, the registered nurse will be able to demonstrate competence in the field of transplantation and will be eligible to sit for the Transplant Nurse Certification exam in two years.


The L.E.A.P. Program

The University Hospital is committed to ensuring your success both as a Registered Nurse and as an associate. To help you successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam, we begin your orientation with a structured program of NCLEX preparation sessions, the L.E.A.P. (Learn, Excel, and Pass) program. For four hours per week, new grads meet with clinical experts and educators and focus on preparation for State Boards. The sessions include self-study guides, case scenarios and practice test questions, as well as test-taking tips. The L.E.A.P. program is a component of the Pre-Licensure Orientation at University Hospital for new graduates who have not yet taken State Boards.