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VNA of Care New England Announces New Graduate Nursing Residency Program to Begin This Fall
07/07/2016

The VNA of Care New England today announced it 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
- Didactics
- Wound care services
- Diabetic services
- Professional development
- Leadership
- Communication
- 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 http://www.carenewengland.org/jobs. Please send a separate email to the director of workforce development and planning, Jody Jencks at jajencks@carene.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

Since 2015, Dr. DiMaria has served at the University of Rhode Island (URI), College of Nursing as an adjunct faculty member and community health clinical instructor and nursing research lecturer. She previously served as project director for a state implementation plan for the Rhode Island Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing. Dr. DiMaria has also served as a graduate teaching and research assistant at URI and served as a nurse corps officer for the United States Navy. Dr. DiMaria received a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from URI in 2015, has a Master of Science in Nursing Education from URI, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

For more information or questions regarding the program, please call Jody Jencks at 401-680-4348.

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