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Programs for Newly Hired Nurses

Emergency Nursing Transition Program

With Highland Hospital’s Emergency Nursing Transition Program, you can reach your goal of becoming an Emergency Department nurse in one year (if positions are available). First, you’ll work nine months on one of our selected acute medical/surgical units, where you’ll gain fundamental clinical experience. Then, you’ll receive a three-month orientation in our Emergency Department.

This highly selective program prepares you for the rewards and challenges of emergency nursing by helping you gain competence in acute medical surgical nursing for progressive care patients. During the course of the program, you’ll work on a selected unit working up to a full patient load to master an advanced skill level for acute care. In addition, you’ll have opportunities to complete the ECCO program class during the first nine months, and ACLS during your orientation in the Emergency Department.

New Graduate Support Program

New nurse graduates receive ongoing support at Highland. Our New Graduate Nurse Support Program focuses on many of the issues new nurses face in their first year, with topics including Stress Management, Team Building, Excellence in Professional Practice, and Story Telling.

To assure the continued clinical development of our new graduate nurses, we invite them to participate in a 2-day Physical Assessment class offered quarterly, a 3-day Dysrhythmia course, and an American Heart Associate Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) class offered onsite (some of these courses are mandatory on some units at Highland).

Nursing Orientation

Highland offers the most comprehensive nursing orientation program in the area. Our personalized orientation program introduces both experienced nurses and new graduates to their clinical responsibilities and to the Highland culture. It combines classroom, online, and hands-on learning, as well as a mentored unit-based orientation with a preceptor.

  • Hospital Orientation

    After two weeks of classroom sessions, you'll feel confident and well-equipped to begin your nursing career here with a clear understanding of our approach to evidence-based practice, documentation, advanced directives, use of the computer system, infection control. IV therapy, mock codes, diversity and your new employee benefits.
  • Unit Orientation

    When starting on their units, new Highland nurses benefit from another six to eight weeks of unit-specific training. This training 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 may include working with preceptors, shadowing with respiratory therapy, specialized skills classes and PACU/OR shadowing for surgical nurses.
  • Orientation for Critical Care Nurses

    Nurses specializing in critical care will receive an integrated online Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program consisting of 9 critical care modules developed by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. In addition to the ECCO modules there is online learning with specific clinical experiences coordinated by the unit preceptor. The ECCO program is approved for 56 contact hours through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).