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"What made you decide to be a nurse?"  I have a love-hate relationship with that question.  I love it because I enjoy hearing why others chose this awesome profession.  I get goosebumps when nurses talk about it being their 'calling' or the idea that they have dreamed of it since they were three years
My dad was recently recognized for his 25th 'workiversary', meaning he has been at the same job for 25 years! Guess what? He has no plans on leaving until it is time for retirement and I swear that guy will be working until he is 80, just because he can.
This week on Rural Health Leadership Radio we’re having a conversation with Nicole Weathers, MSN, RN, the Program Manager for the University of Iowa College of Nursing - Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program. With nearly a decade of experience in rural healthcare, Nicole understands the unique
Are you ever left wondering if the skills and strategies discussed in your nurse residency program ever make it back to the bedside?  Many residency coordinators spend countless hours working with new graduate nurses to improve their practice, but never really know for sure if those skills and compete
I have said it before, but I will say it again… “Buy-in and support from all levels of nursing leadership is essential to the success of a nurse residency program”.  Specifically, the nurse manager directly over the resident(s) participating in the program.  It doesn’t matter if you are paying $1000 p
Every spring I see my neighbors plant their amazing vegetable garden and always have high hopes of doing the same.  One year I even went to the extent of having my husband till up a portion of the yard to garden far more than I needed, which I filled with seeds and small plants.  I was so excited to begin reaping the reward of fresh vegetables! 
Living in the state of Iowa for nearly my entire life, I always look forward to spring.  I love this time of year when you start seeing green sprigs poke up through the dirt, the kids can start playing outside without needing to pile on numerous layers, and the dirt begins to wash away after usually a long and grueling winter.  This past fall my
I grew up in a small town of about 5,000 people. I was in a hurry to grow up, spread my wings, and get as far away from there as I possibly could.  I often times told my parents there was no way I would live in a small town like this when I grew up.
To bring you back up to speed it took a while for me to find my first job after graduation and there were a lot of shock moments for me on that road to finding my first job.  The job I finally landed started much like all jobs.  Hospital-wide orientation, computer training, validation of nursing skills, but when it came time for orientation to t
I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Marlene Kramer speak this past summer at the Association of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) conference.  [For my nurse educator friends out there that might be reading this blog, if you have never been, it is a great conference to attend.
With the New Year just around the corner many of us turn our attention to New Year’s resolutions.  For many of us it commonly revolves around getting healthy, eating better, getting more exercise, or even losing a little weight.
We live in a world where everyone is entitled to their own opinion, ranging from big things such as who they think should be the next president of the United States, to little things like which coffee shop sells the best coffee.  We can argue our beliefs as to why we hold these opinions with our neighbor until we are blue in the face, but in the
" name is Nicole and I am addicted to shopping."  Okay, maybe not addicted, but I sure do enjoy it.
Are you currently using the IONRP? Or are you thinking about implementing in the near future?
Have you ever hopped in the car and started driving only to realize after several miles you didn’t know where you were going?  I would venture to guess that very few of us have set out on a trip somewhere without doing a little planning first.  More often than not, we know why we are taking the trip and where our end destination is going to be.
So let’s go back to Deb in our first blog post.  You know the one that just can’t figure out why we need to change the way we bring new nurses into the profession despite the 80 years of research telling us to do so.  So when Deb was a new
I am far from a numbers person.  I absolutely detested junior high math, nothing made sense.
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The other day I overheard a seasoned nurse (let's call her Deb) say, “I just can’t believe this new generation of nurses!  They need all this ‘hand holding’.  Yearlong nurse residency programs...are you kidding me?!  When I graduated nursing school, I remember I was taking care of patients by myself from day one.
Welcome to the new Iowa Online Nurse Residency (IONRP) website! We are working hard to load up the site with lots of information for you!

Where has the time gone these last two months?! Summer started on the run both personally and professionally and the pace has yet to let up.
If nursing school taught me anything, it is the importance of communication. In school we talked about therapeutic communication, communication within the multi-disciplinary team, and formats like SBAR.
Welcome to our first resident blog post by our very first resident blogger, Abby Schubert!  We look forward to Abby's monthly blog posts in which she will reflect on the relevancy of the information covered in the Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program.
This guest blog post is directed to all my nurse leader colleagues that may be reading this in an effort to spark discussion about how best to retain our new nurses in the profession and in within our organizations.
We have assessed the organizations readiness for change and the support and buy-in from stakeholders across the board. Now it is time to focus on the subject at hand….the residents!  Question 3: Do your new graduate hires and potential new graduate hires see the value?
Once you have determined your organization's openness to change and have made a list of the potential obstacles you might encounter along the way, it is now time to get specific. 
Welcome to our first guest blog by our first guest blogger, Lori!  Lori comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and humor!  Not only was Lori the chair of the task force that developed and implemented the Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program in the state of Iowa, she has also successfully implemented nurse residency programs in va