New Graduate Residency Program
The Geri and Richard Brawerman Nursing Institute at Cedars-Sinai developed a 12-month nurse residency curriculum—incorporating 24 clinical orientation shifts—as part of its commitment to ensuring the successful transition of new graduate nurses into the practice environment.
All new graduates are hired as Clinical Nurse I in their first year of practice, which is the first level on the clinical ladder. All new graduates participate in the yearlong program.
New graduates attend monthly workshops consisting of lectures, hands-on skills labs, simulation lab case scenarios, group presentations, and support rounds.
24 Clinical Orientation Shifts
Each new graduate will have 24 shifts of clinical orientation on their assigned unit with an assigned preceptor to obtain their clinical experience.
Ongoing support equips new graduates to build a strong foundation of nursing excellence, become skilled clinicians, and provide safe patient care.
Based on their clinical performance, new graduates may be promoted to a Clinical Nurse II (CN II) between 9 and 12 months.
Ryan Shiozaki, BSN, RN on 6NE (February 2018 Cohort)
The New Grad program here at Cedars has empowered me to adequately perform in my role as both a patient advocate and team player to the rest of the staff as I continue to grow in developing my nursing practice.
Tae Woo, BSN, RN on 3SCCT (October 2017 Cohort)
The new grad program at Cedars provided me with the encouragement and support I needed as a new nurse. Working at such a prestigious hospital as a new nurse is scary and exciting, but the new grad program provides a safe space for you to ask questions and voice any concerns. I especially enjoyed being able to share experiences with other nurses who are taking their first steps as well.
Priya Gandhi, BSN, RN, CVRN on 5 North (October 2017 Cohort)
The New Graduate Program at Cedars-Sinai honed my skills to become a more compassionate, thorough, and confident nurse. I am forever grateful and thankful for working for CSMC. It made me who I am today!
Liliana (Lily) Gomez-Casillas, BSN, RN on 7 South (February 2018 Cohort)
I was first introduced to Cedars-Sinai through their Teen Volunteer Program. It was then that I realized that this was a well-established community. At only 14 years old, others welcomed my interests, offered their services, and made me feel welcomed. The same goes for the New Grad RN Residency Program. During this program, I felt supported and heard. This program allows for the transition between student nurse to bedside nurse to be as smooth as possible and it’s an experience I will never forget.
Stephanie (Charlie) Vasquez, BSN, RN, PCCN on 6 South (October 2017 Cohort)
The best part about the New Grad Residency Program for me was being able to openly share both struggles and successful moments. Knowing my colleagues were going through similar experiences and having instructors who listened and provided help along the way was so reassuring and much appreciated!
After a series of discussions with educators, clinical nurse specialists, human resources and unit leadership, the Institute added specific process and curriculum changes, such as documentation within our electronic medical record (EMR) system and overall improvements to the patient experience. Additional adjustments include:
- A new graduate interview process
- Routine program evaluations
- New skills lab and sim lab case scenarios
- Additional educator liaison roles for ongoing support