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Queens General Hospital in Jamaica is one of four borough medical facilities on the list of participants in the Citywide Nurse Residency program.
By Michael V. Cusenza
Four borough hospitals are among the two-dozen Gotham medical facilities set to participate in the nation’s first city-led nurse residency program.
Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria; NewYork-Presbyterian Queens in Flushing; Elmhurst Hospital; and Queens General Hospital in Jamaica and 20 other hospitals are part of the new Citywide Nurse Residency program, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced on Monday.
According to the administration, during the first year of the program, 500 newly-hired nurses will be provided with specialized training that promotes job retention. The program will support participating hospitals with implementing a year-long residency that bridges the gap between education and practice for newly-graduated nurses. This is the first time that the City’s public hospital system, the largest in the nation, has adopted a nurse residency program, Bishop noted.
“The City is investing in ensuring that New Yorkers have a path to a viable, lasting career,” Bishop added. “The Citywide Nurse Residency program is a national model for bringing together hospitals to support the systematic change that puts nurses on track to succeed.”
The program may quickly become critically important. The City said that hospital partners have indicated that losing one nurse can cost up to $100,000 and retention of newly-graduated nurses is a challenge. While residencies are a recognized best practice for retaining nurses, the City’s public and safety net hospitals have not had the capacity and resources to launch such programs.
“This initiative will help ensure nurses receive the training and support they need to thrive in our hospitals and help New Yorkers get and stay healthy,” said Dr. Herminia Palacio, deputy mayor for Health and Human Services.
According to the administration, New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare at SBS provided more than $300,000 in funding to create and implement the CNR program. The residency initiative is part of ApprenticeNYC, a central part of de Blasio’s New York Works plan.
The new program is being offered in partnership with the Greater New York Hospital Association, NYU Langone Health, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital to implement residency programs for staff at participating hospitals. It is set to provide newly-hired, first-time nurses with on-the-job training through a curriculum developed by Vizient/AACN that focuses on topics including ethics, decision making, clinical leadership, and the incorporation of research-based evidence into practice. The program also provides new nurses with support and mentorship proven to enhance nurse satisfaction, performance, and retention, the City noted.