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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s welcomes 20th RN residency cohort


From Illinois Business Journal news services

BELLEVILLE – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital recently welcomed 23 RN residents to its nursing team. As a teaching hospital, St. Elizabeth’s takes part in the national Versant RN Resident Program, which is a comprehensive, evidence-based onboarding of new graduate nurses. The program helps nurses gain the experience, critical reasoning, skills and confidence they need to navigate the complexity of a hospital health care setting.

Components of the 18-week program include approximately 75 percent of clinical time and 25 percent classroom time with individual preceptor teams to guide the clinical experience. This innovative, one-on-one attention prevents novice nurses from stelizabethcohortfeeling overwhelmed in their first year of work. .

“We are privileged to mentor this special 20th cohort,” said Sharon Busch, RN residency manager. “Since the program began in July 2006, St. Elizabeth’s RN Residency has successfully trained over 240 nurses to become the premier RN residency program for our region.”

The 20th RN Resident cohort includes:

· Emergency Department – Katelyn Denton, Hillary Kayser-Poor

· Float Pool – Rachel Neuner, Hannah Steadman

· Labor and Delivery – Allison Bagby

· Med/Surg – Holli Brown, Chelsea Gavlick, Sierra Hershman, Nicole Howard, Sarah Moyer, Jackie Parent

· Mother/Baby – Alishia Marzolf

· Nursery – Karlee Thomas

· Progressive Care Unit – Candace Demmin, Lindsay Hollingsworth, Crystal Kurtz, Ryan Parker, Alisha Roberson, Shelby Rozycki, Danielle Stevens, Kristin Wheeler

· Surgery – Michelle Lang

· Rehab – Carol Patton

St. Elizabeth’s residency program typically receives more than 200 program applications each year. Cohort classes typically range between eight and 24 in size.

“The strong applicant pool allows us to only accept best and the brightest RNs to provide care for the patients we serve. Our program has also been very successful with retaining our qualified nurses as many former residents now serve in preceptor roles for the program and in leadership roles for the hospital,” Busch said.

Learn more about St. Elizabeth’s RN Residency Program at

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