Empowering Nurses with Educational Advancement
Many of Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s nurses are hitting the books once again -- and for good reason. In assisting our nurses to further develop their clinical reasoning skills and applying knowledge and principles to patient care through a variety of innovative nursing education programs, we are helping to improve patient outcomes and patient safety.
While we boast highly-educated nurses who hold bachelor degrees or higher in nursing, many have taken their education a step further by pursuing advanced certifications in areas such as critical care, labor and delivery, emergency nursing, rehabilitation, surgery, medical surgical and more.
Versant RN Residency Program
RN Residency Fall 2013 program dates are pending. Application information and dates will be posted when available.
Northridge Hospital has partnered with Versant, originally a non-profit public benefit corporation of expert nurse educators and researchers, to offer its comprehensive education and training program designed to increase the confidence and competency levels of a beginning level staff nurse. In 2009 Versant Holdings, LLC was formed to continue its mission and vision. Currently the Versant New Graduate Residency is offered in more than 85 acute care hospitals nationwide and has a total of 11,000 graduates as of February 2012.
We were the first site in California to offer Versant’s adult training program and were originally one of only two test sites in the nation. The Northridge Hospital RN Residency Program enhances the skills and confidence of new nursing graduates, which leads to improved patient care and outcomes.
“I chose Northridge Hospital because of the Versant Residency program. It has superseded my expectations,” says former Versant graduate Jaime DeLoera, RN. “The program taught us how to apply everything we learned in nursing school to real-world situations. I have built a strong foundation and feel confident about my skills.”
Since the Versant residency began in November 2004, more than 200 nurses have graduated from the program here at Northridge Hospital. More importantly, Northridge Hospital has realized a dramatic reduction in new graduate staff turnover.
Judy Sumner, BSN, RN-BC,PHN RN Residency program manager, emphasizes, “It’s really a cultural change, not only are we investing in our new graduate nursing staff, but we are contributing to the nursing profession as a whole. We're producing safe, self-assured and competent nurses. ” The RN residency program is available in both adult and pediatric nursing specialties, including the neonatal intensive care area.
Advanced Degree Partnership
Dignity Health (Northridge Hospital’s Health System) and Holy Names University, a Catholic university in Oakland, have formed a partnership to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) program for current employees via interactive video conferencing at the Hospital. This program emphasizes critical thinking and ethical decision-making. It prepares students to become exceptional healthcare professionals who care for their patients and their families using a holistic evidence-based approach.
Nursing today demands proven knowledge, strong decision-making skills and a high degree of compassion. “By offering our nurses such valuable educational tools, we are investing in their future with us,” concludes Judy. For employment opportunities at Northridge Hospital Medical Center please visit our Career pages, or call the Job Line at 818-885-5363.