Providence Medical Centers debut nurse residency program

Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services has created a novel nurse residency program this summer to provide on-the-job experience for newly graduated registered nurses — after the novices helped veteran nurses master a new state-of-the-art electronic health records system.

The first session began in early June and was open to 50 “new grads” who were hired by Providence in November to serve as technicians, coaching their more experienced counterpart nurses in utilizing the latest technology. All 50 have been guaranteed positions at five of the six Providence medical centers in the Los Angeles area upon completion of their residency training.

The new nurses are among 180 young men and women who recently received bachelor’s degrees from nursing schools throughout Southern California and are the first “wave” of technicians hired to help implement Providence’s new Epic health records system.

“It’s difficult for new grads to find jobs in hospitals, but through this unique program they assisted our nurses with their technological skills and learned about bedside care in return,” said Kathleen Alfe, nurse manager in charge of the Epic implementation. “They worked side-by-side with our nurses teaching them the system and learning so much at the same time.”


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    “Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”: An African American Ministry Forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University Hall, 1775 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum will be held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society. $40. (310) 338-2799.

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