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HSHS Southern Illinois Division honors RN residents at transition ceremony

hshstransitionprogram2019HSHS Southern Illinois Division hospitals recently held an RN Residency Transition Ceremony and reception for six registered nurses who completed the RN Residency Program.

During the ceremony, residents and mentors were thanked for their dedication, support and guidance during the 18-week program.

“The SID RN Residency program truly prepares new graduate nurses for quality practice, as well as gives them the support and tools to compassionately serve our patients through our Franciscan ministry,” said Angela Gilbreth, nursing educator for the SID Residency Program. “We thank our nurses for their dedication and diligence throughout the residency program and we look forward to their continued growth with our HSHS Southern Illinois Division hospitals.”

The transitioning RNs include:

• Alisha Badger (Med/Surg), Kendra McCray, (Telemetry B) and Andrew Winters (Telemetry A) at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital O’Fallon.
• Allyssa Wood (Women and Infants Center) at St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese
• Caitlin Kuper and Kristen Peters (Inpatient) at St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland

Star Preceptors from each hospital were additionally recognized and thanked for guiding the RN residents during the program. They include: Nicole Howard, Med/Surg at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital O’Fallon, Nancy Beckemeyer, Women and Infants Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese and Cory Lucas, SID Float Pool at St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland.

The HSHS Southern Illinois Division is currently accepting applications for the July RN Residency Cohort. Residents are hired as full-time colleagues and remain full-time on their unit after they successfully complete the program.

Components of the Residency Program curriculum include 75 percent of clinical time and 25 percent classroom time. Individual preceptor teams, as well as individual mentors, are assigned to each participant. This innovative, one-on-one attention prevents novice nurses from feeling overwhelmed in their first year of work. Debriefing and colleague support groups are also provided throughout the residency and during their first year of nursing, which helps residents to progress to high competence levels quickly, safely and efficiently.

Learn more about the HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program at, or call (618) 234-2120, ext. 11098.

The HSHS Southern Illinois Division is comprised of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

PHOTO: RN residents were recently recognized at a Transition Ceremony for the HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program. From left: Kendra McCray, Allyssa Wood, Andrew Winters, Caitlin Kuper and Kristen Peters. Not pictured: Alisha Badger.

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