Nurse Residency Orientation Tracks
Our Nurse Residency Program offers orientation track options in specialized areas of care in either adult or pediatric patient care settings. This allows NLRNs to focus on the areas of care that match their interests and career goals. Learn more about each track option below. Not all tracks are open for every cohort.
Adult Medical Surgical
Nurse residents are hired directly to a unit specializing in oncology, orthopedics, surgical, neuro-trauma, medical, respiratory, transplant, women's services or bariatric surgery.
- Orientation is 12 weeks in length and includes didactic, evidence-based modules, simulation and interdisciplinary education.
- Orientation is aimed at expanding and applying knowledge of disease states, developing critical thinking and clinical skills practice.
Approximately an 8-12 week orientation on three units: Adult Mental Health, Geriatric Mental Health and Child/Adolescent Mental Health.
- Orientation includes shadow experiences in areas such as ECT and the Access Center, didactic, online, simulation and interdisciplinary experiences.
Our goal is to provide a safe, healing and respectful environment where patients and families participate actively with the Mental Health Team.
Approximately 20 weeks spent on orientation with preceptor - starting on cardiac floor and then rotating between the two critical care departments (IMMC and ILH).
- A combination of classroom/online lectures, Essentials of Critical Care Orientation modules, simulations and clinical time.
Approximately 16 weeks spent on orientation with preceptor at one of the three UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Emergency Departments (Methodist, Lutheran or Methodist West).
- A combination of classroom/online lectures, simulations and clinical time.
- Classes include but are not limited to Cardiac Rhythms, ACLS, ENPC/PALS, TNCC, HazMat, MOAB (64+ hours of CEUs available).
Home Health has their own nurse residency program that is a year-long orientation. Residents work closely with a dedicated preceptor and an interdisciplinary team planning and providing skilled care to individuals in their homes.
- Nurse residents are oriented into the visit nurse role during the first 12 weeks.
- Orientation and transition continue into the nurse the nurse case manager role during the first year.
- Monthly residency seminars and completion of an evidence-based project.
- Education includes:
- Online learning modules, didactic classes and hands-on skills/sims.
- Training on negative pressure wound therapy, wound assessment/wound treatment, ostomy basics, PICCs/ports/pumps, prevention/treatment/management of lower extremity ulcers and person-centered care.
Opportunities for placement are at one of the two OB units at UPHDM (Methodist West or Iowa Methodist Medical Center).
Competency-based clinical orientation:
- Labor and Delivery orientation (14 weeks).
- Mother/Baby orientation (8 weeks).
A combination of classroom/online learning and simulation/lab. Our goal is to provide family-centered care that supports patients and families during the patient's maternity stay.
The NICU orientation program introduces the care of the critically ill neonate.
- A 12-16 week orientation with a preceptor progressing from lower to higher acuity patients.
Classes include but are not limited to:
- NICU-focused classes (didactic and clinical experiences), in addition to residency classes.
- S.T.A.B.L.E program the last two NICU residency class.
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) course must be completed within 12-18 months of hire.
Our goal for the NLRN is to deliver safe, independent and quality nursing care and to practice in accordance with the NICU policies, procedures and standards of care.
Pediatric orientation track specialty areas (when available) include:
- General Pediatrics.
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
A combination of didactic, online, simulation and interdisciplinary experiences. In addition to:
- A minimum 12-week educator and preceptor guided orientation.
Our goal is to partner with children and their families to achieve health care goals and return to their home environment.
A combination of didactic, online, simulation and interdisciplinary team experiences to enhance knowledge about caring for patients with alternations in functional ability and lifestyle that results from physical disability and chronic illness. In addition to:
- A 12-week preceptor-guided orientation in Acute Rehabilitation and/or Skilled Nursing Services.
Our goal is to provide care that supports patients and families in returning to a safe and healthy home/community environment.
Combination of classroom/online lectures, simulations and clinical time. Classes include 10 Periop 101 classes (27.5 CEUs available).
- Approximately 24 weeks of department orientation.
- Eight support department follow experiences.
A combination of classroom/online lectures, simulations and clinical time. Classes include but are not limited to Cardiac Rhythms (~64+ hours of CEUs available).
- Approximately 12-14 weeks spent rotating through telemetry units with a preceptor.
- One day spent shadowing in critical care.
- Will have permanent position in one of the three telemetry units (3N, N3, N4).