Three honored during Piedmont Walton nurse residency graduation

press release from Piedmont Walton

From Left to Right: Kelley Roberts, ED CN/Preceptor; Jeremy Spencer, ED UBE; Catherine Palmer, Residency Coordinator; Erin Perdue – ED RN; Annie McElhannon – ED RN; Luke Doster, ED RN; Todd Braswell, ED Director – Contributed photo

Monroe, Ga. (March 1, 2024) – Piedmont Walton’s Clinical Learning and Development department recently recognized three nurses for completing the hospital’s 12-month Transition to Practice Nurse Residency Program. Annie McElhannon, Erin Perdue, and Luke Doster are all registered nurses in the Piedmont Walton Emergency Department and members of the Spring 2023 nurse residency class.

“I’m very excited to watch Annie, Erin, and Luke take the next step in their nursing careers,” said Catherine Palmer, Piedmont Walton Hospital’s Residency Coordinator. “I’ve had an opportunity to get to know each of them and watch as they’ve become more confident in their abilities as well as grow their clinical skills.”

Piedmont Walton’s Transition to Practice Nurse Residency Program is a formal, structured, evidence-based, yearlong program designed to create Piedmont nurses who are competent, confident, and committed clinicians who practice safe, evidence-based care. Through learning and clinical experiences with preceptors and ongoing support from experienced educators, mentors, and nursing leadership, the residents are immersed in a culture that prioritizes and supports their professional growth. The program’s goal is to enhance the onboarding experience of new nurse graduates beyond skill acquisition, and to address the array of challenges faced during the transition from student nurse to experienced practitioner.

Piedmont Walton welcomes new nursing school graduates into the Transition to Practice residency program three times a year. There are currently 18 residents in the program.

“It is proven that there are many benefits to the new graduate nurse, the patient, and the hospital when an established nurse residency program is in place,” shared Andrea Wilkins Howard, director of Clinical Practice and Piedmont’s residency programs. “We’re looking forward to the residency program’s continued growth and success.”

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