Health & Wellness

Nurse Residency Program Increases Support for Newly Graduated Nurses

Newly licensed nurses at MercyOne Dubuque participate in the Nurse Residency Program, a year-long transition to practice program, specializing in building confidence and competence in newly graduated registered nurses hired at MercyOne.

Nurse Residency Programs are designed to support nurses in their transition from student to practicing registered nurse and help develop decision-making skills, enhance clinical nursing leadership practices and promote the incorporation of research-based evidence into practice.

In August, fifteen nurses graduated from the program that incorporates peer support and mentorship, community connections and simulated learning.

“The transition from school to the hospital can be daunting and we want to make sure that our nurses feel prepared and confident during their first year in practice,” said Megan Webber, nurse residency program coordinator at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center. “The residents come to class every month to interact with their peers from other departments, learn from clinical experts to strengthen their decision-making and clinical judgement, and develop self-care and resiliency strategies. The program is an extra layer of support for the nurses during their first year of nursing, in addition to their orientation experience.

Livia Pfeiler, registered nurse at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center and recent graduate, shared her experience with the program.

“The residency program supported me in my first year of nursing by allowing me to talk with other new nurses about the challenges and the benefits of working in the health care environment. The classes expanded on what I already knew and reminded me how capable we are when we work together and continue to ask questions. The program is a great example of MercyOne culture. By coming together, we can push each other to achieve excellence and continue to grow as nurses every day,” she said.

MercyOne Dubuque partners with the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program which is trusted by more than 600 hospitals/systems nationwide. For more information about our Nurse Residency Program, visit or call 563-589-8825.

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