Nursing Programs at Nemours
The shared governance structure at Nemours Children’s Hospital is designed to keep decision-making at the point closest to where the care is provided. The shared governance structure provides a framework for sustainable shared leadership and shared decision-making. Shared Governance provides a mechanism for staff to manage, frame and communicate decisions aimed at providing excellence in clinical care through research, quality improvement, education, innovation, professional practice and leadership.
The Unit-Based Councils collaborate with the Clinical Leadership Council. The Standing Councils and Standing Committees include:
- Clinical Leadership Council
- Professional Practice Council
- Professional Development and Recognition Council
- Quality and Safety Council
- Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation Council
- Informatics and Technology Council
- Unit-Based Councils
- Advance Practice Providers Committee
- Charge Nurse Committee
- Shared Governance Design Committee
- Magnet Steering Committee
- Nursing Policy and Procedure Committee
Nemours Children’s Hospital offers an RN Residency program. This one-year program includes education and training designed to transition newly graduated registered nurses from students to safe, competent professionals. A formalized residency program will benefit the patients and families, the professional practice environment, and the organization as a whole through the focus of quality, safety and the patient experience. The program is also grounded in evidence-based practice and competency validation. The New Graduate RN Residency program is noted to be a Practice Transition Accreditation Program with Distinction through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The Nemours Professional Nurse Advancement Program (PNAP) is designed to recognize clinical nurses for their contributions to our Nursing and Nemours strategic initiatives. The program provides an avenue for promotion and acknowledgement of the nurses’ advanced clinical competency while at the same time keeping nursing expertise close to the patient and family.
Affiliated with more than 17 schools of nursing in the Central Florida and beyond, Nemours and its network of primary care and specialty care practices offer clinical training for pre-licensure nursing students and registered nurses seeking advanced education through master’s and doctoral programs. Nursing students at all levels gain exposure to children with a wide variety of health conditions and receive extensive support from experienced nurse preceptors. Students also have access to additional educational content through the Nemours Medical Library and Nemours nursing continuing professional development activities.
The Mentor Program is a mutually beneficial, adult learning relationship where mentors are matched with mentees based on the professional objective. The program is designed for nurse residents, experienced nurses and those new to pediatric nursing, as well as, nurses within the organization advancing into new practice areas or roles. The Mentor Program supports nurses while they acclimate to NCH nursing practice and focuses on professional development goals, interprofessional team building and continuous quality improvement initiatives. The Inaugural year of the Mentor Program is expected to yield an exceptional experience which will continue to increase nurse job satisfaction at NCH.