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Richmond University Medical Center Welcomes New Emergency Department Nursing Interns

The emergency department of Richmond University Medical Center kicked off 2019 by welcoming nine new nursing interns to the department and pairing them with senior nurses in the department to serve as mentors. The mentors and interns met for the first time last week during an informal meet and greet at the hospital. The mentor program pairs the new nursing interns for 2019 with mentors who joined the department in 2018 and 2017.

The purpose of the mentoring program is to support the development of nurses as they transition into professional practice in the emergency department, to foster the development of a stronger nursing community, and to enhance the leadership skills of nurses already assigned to the emergency department as they assume the role of being a mentor.  Mentors are asked to volunteer their time and are given training in important areas of focus to share with the interns such as effective communication with patients and colleagues, care for the caregiver, and maintaining professionalism at all times. The mentorship officially lasts for 3 to 6 months, but often goes longer as mentors and interns continue to interact with one another over the course of their careers at Richmond University Medical Center.

“Having a mentor who has experience and can impart that knowledge at the beginning of someone’s career helps build confidence and trust,” chief nurse officer and COO Rosemarie Stazzone said. “Through formal and informal counseling our mentors become teachers, coaches, advocates and role models. In the end, both new interns and mentors find themselves learning from each other which only benefits the level of care we provide to our patients.”

Richmond University Medical Center Welcomes New Emergency Department Nursing Interns