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Registered Nurse - New Graduate Training Program

Cottage Health Nursing

Nursing Careers

For more information about career opportunities at Cottage Health, please contact Cottage Health Human Resources at (805) 879-8799. Follow this link to search jobs at Cottage Health.

The Cottage Health New Graduate Nurse Training Program assists new nurses with their transition to practice. The foundation of the program consists of clinical preceptorship, simulation and task training, reflection and debriefing.

The initial role transition for a new nurse is a physical, emotional, developmental and intellectual process that creates a personal and professional transformation (Duchscher, 2011). To successfully complete this transformation, new nurses need the support of their organization, nurse leaders and colleagues.

To support nursing graduates as they transition into the Registered Nurse role, Cottage Health provides a 10 week (12 to 20 weeks for certain specialty areas) program combining classroom, simulation and clinical experience with a preceptor.

In alignment with our commitment to nursing excellence, the Cottage Health New Graduate Nurse Training Program provides an environment that supports role development of the new nurse, and reinforces lifelong learning.

New Graduate Nurse

“Without the support of the orientation program...it would have been immensely more difficult to transition to hospital based nursing. The staff that runs and teaches the new grads is without doubt key. They were nothing short of amazing, not only in their clinical expertise, but in their ability to relate to everyone in class.”

Professional Topics

  • Scope of practice

  • Professional practice

  • Organization and prioritization
  • Patients First

  • Nurse-physician collaboration
  • Delegation

  • Critical thinking

  • Collaborative dialogue

  • Risk management

  • Inter-professional collaboration

Transitional Topics

  • Novice to advanced beginner 
  • Role transition
  • Goal setting
  • Reflective thinking to improve clinical practice
  • Critical thinking and decision making
  • Reality shock and adaptation
  • Compassion fatigue

Simulations and Task Training

  • Medication safety
  • IV insertion/use of intravenous infusion pump
  • Central venous catheter care
  • Patient assessment
  • Pain management
  • Patient controlled analgesia and epidural infusion device
  • Rapid response simulation
  • Emergency management and Code Blue/AED simulation
  • Pleural chest tube care
  • Blood therapy

  • Cottage Health resource utilization
  • Documentation
  • Policy and procedure review

Nursing Careers at Cottage

For more information about career opportunities at Cottage Health, please contact Cottage Health Human Resources at (805) 879-8799. Follow this link to search jobs at Cottage Health.

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