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St. Elizabeth’s Teaching Hospital honors RN Residents at Transition Ceremony

Belleville - A Transition Ceremony and reception was recently held for seven Registered Nurses who completed St. Elizabeth’s Versant RN Residency Program.

Residents and mentors for the program were noted and thanked for their dedication and commitment to offering high-quality care during the 18-week program.  They also were commended for exhibiting the Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy.    

Kayla Wuebbles, from PCU-CCU, was named Star Preceptor for her unwavering commitment and dedication to the RN Residents during the program. Other Star Preceptor nominees included: Kris Huckshold, Caitlyn Byer, Linda Archer, Michelle Williams and Lindsey Renk.

“It is a privilege to serve as a teaching hospital for the Versant RN Residency Program,” noted Sharon Busch, RN and Residency Coordinator.  “Our new graduates join the many past residents and our other dedicated nursing staff as qualified and independent professional RNs providing high-quality health care to our patients.”

The Versant RN Residency is a comprehensive, evidence-based onboarding of new graduate nurses that helps them gain the experience, judgment, skills and confidence they need to navigate the complexity of a hospital health care setting.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital began this innovative and exciting program for new graduate Registered Nurses in July 2006, and it has successfully grown ever since with approximately 209 transitioning from the program since its inception.  The Versant RN Residency was the first Residency of this type in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

“Qualified RN retention is a major goal of hospitals in general, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues to be at the forefront with our RN Residency Program,” notes Busch.

Residents are hired as full-time colleagues and remain full-time on their unit after they successfully complete the program. Components of the curriculum include 75% of clinical time and 25% classroom time. Individual preceptor teams as well as individual mentors are assigned to each participant. This innovative, one-on-one attention prevents novice nurses from feeling overwhelmed in their first year of work. Debriefing and colleague support groups are also provided throughout the residency and during their first year at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Residents progress to high competence levels quickly, safely and efficiently.

Learn more about St. Elizabeth’s RN Residency Program at www.steliz.org/teachinghospital, or contact Sharon Busch at 618.234.2120, ext. 1098.



About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.


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