- Variety of Clinical Areas, Including Specialty Areas
- Flexible Scheduling
- Competitive Wages
- Continuing Education Opportunities
- Comprehensive Orientation
- Guaranteed Preceptorship
- Support for Advancing Education
- Leadership Opportunities
Lourdes offers the most comprehensive nursing orientation
program in the area and graduate nurses at Lourdes begin their
professional career in a supportive and caring environment.
Starting with two weeks of classroom instruction, all nurses embark
on their professional experience with a clear understanding of our
approach to relationship-based patient care. Presentations are
given by experts on evidence-based practice, research,
documentation, computerized systems, IV therapy, response to codes,
diversity, safety and other topics that will benefit nurses in the
clinical care setting.
Graduate Nurse Internship Program
In addition to receiving the information provided to all nurses
during the two weeks of general nursing orientation, our team of
highly-qualified, clinically experienced educators provides
in-depth learning opportunities to insure new graduates have the
resources they need to transition from student to novice nurse.
Opportunities are provided for the graduate nurse to spend time
with many expert professionals, including wound care specialists,
respiratory therapists, pharmacists, phlebotomists, GI Lab nurses,
Ambulatory Surgery nurses and case managers. This internship lasts
two to three weeks.
During their internship, new nurses meet weekly with the
Internship Coordinators, Nurse Recruiter and nursing leaders to
discuss experiences, successes and opportunities for improvement in
the internship program.
As they start in their new clinical setting, all nurses benefit
from an individualized unit-specific orientation of four to six
weeks. An experienced nurse from the clinical area will be the new
nurse's clinical coach (preceptor). Clinical Coaches have received
special training for their role and are committed to providing
continuous learning experiences, assuring new graduates have the
opportunity to work closely with them to gain as much knowledge and
experience as possible prior to functioning independently. This
orientation will be in the form of activities or classes tailored
to the individual nurse's needs, and will cover a variety of
unit-specific skills which include working with other members of
the healthcare team.