Nursing at VNA of Care New England
There's no place like home. That's why thousands of Rhode Islanders turn to the VNA of Care New England for compassionate, high-quality home health care. Our nurses care for patients with a wide range of conditions and injuries, from skilled nursing, including cardiac care and diabetes care, to rehabilitative therapy, including physical, occupational and speech language therapy, to hospice and palliative care.
Under the direction of a physician, our skilled nurses work closely with patients and families to meet their physical, mental and emotional needs.
- Assess patient needs.
- Teach patients and family members about their medications, disease processes, and appropriate treatment.
- Help assess wound healing and coordinate quality care to optimize healing.
- Conduct post-operative assessments and monitor patient’s progress and needs.
For certain diagnoses, technology such as Telehealth can monitor weight, blood pressure, pulse and oxygenation on a daily basis, alerting the nurse for any needed intervention to prevent hospitalization.
VNA of Care New England affiliate, HealthTouch, can provide private duty care for people who want to continue living at home but find it difficult to do all the activities they were once easily able to handle. Care management is offered, with the goal of developing a personalized plan of care to help older adults maintain their health, well-being and quality of life so they can remain in their community, living safely and comfortably in their home.
New Graduate Nursing Residency Program Now Accepting Applications
The VNA of Care New England has launched a new graduate nursing residency program designed for newly licensed nurses, and is currently accepting applicants who will comprise its inaugural class this fall. In addition to the residency, the VNA announced that Lisa DiMaria, PhD, will oversee the program and help six newly licensed nurses learn all aspects of community health nursing. Dr. DiMaria comes to the VNA after years of clinical and academic program development and program evaluation experience.
As the health care environment continually changes and becomes more complex, residency programs provide additional support for new nurses to successfully transition to practicing independently. This specialty residency program takes the newly licensed nurses from novice to advanced beginner in home health, in about one year's time. The program will begin in September and will be offered annually. In addition to preparing the next generation of nurses, the New Graduate Residency Program also will help provide critical clinical support for the VNA. The opportunities offered through the program will help to fill vital visiting nurse jobs, which are in high demand.
The program of study includes:
- Welcome from chief nursing officer
- Pre-and-post conferencing
- Integrated case management training
- Every Call, Every Time (EVET) training
- OASIS training
- Diabetic and wound care services
- Professional development
- Critical thinking
- Evidence-based practice
- Community-based patient and family centered care
- Patient safety and minimizing risk
- Nursing support
- Secure independent case management
Qualified candidates are graduates, preferably from a bachelor's program, who live locally, are willing to work full-time, and have passed the RN NCLEX exam. Eligible candidates must submit an online application to the position titled RN (New Graduates) at carenewengland.org/jobs
. Please send a separate email to the director of workforce development and planning, Jody Jencks at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the following documentation:
- Letter of intent
- Resume with clinical information
- One recommendation letter from a clinical instructor
- Educational transcripts (unofficial)
- Nursing license, if available (required before starting program)
- Essay of 500 words or less: Why would you be a good community health nurse?
For more information or questions regarding the program, please call Jody Jencks at 401-680-4348.