Career Growth

career_nurseAtlantiCare Regional Medical Center offers a wide variety of nursing specialties, with unlimited possibilities for career advancement. We have opportunities for new graduates to highly seasoned advanced degree experts. Benefits,  career growth, and a great work environment based on Jean Watson’s human caring theory and steeped in a Magnet culture contribute to a high retention rate of 93%.

 

For more information about career growth, select from the links below:

• Getting Settled-in at AtlantiCare
• Continuous Learning
• Professional Development
• Professional Ladder Program
• Nurse Preceptors
• RN Residency Program
• Critical Care Residency/Bridge Program
• Peri-Operative Bridge Program
• RN-BSN Program


Getting Settled-in at AtlantiCare

As a new member of ARMC's nursing team, you will have the support of a nurse preceptor, a trusted advisor who will answer your questions, motivate you and help you become acclimated. Nurses who are motivated, rewarded by their occupation and are happy in their work environment positively influence every aspect of healthcare delivery. ARMC nurses love their work, and our success reflects this. New graduate nurses participate in the RN residency program.

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Continuous Learning

Both nurses and patients benefit when nurses continually build their knowledge and skills. ARMC offers a variety of learning opportunities for nurses at all levels of their career. Continuous learning can be found through unit based programs, organizational offerings, web-based continuing education offerings, or attending free seminars with internationally renowned speakers such as Jean Watson. We demonstrate our commitment to continuous learning every day.
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation. During the last 3 years over 50,000 contact hours were provided to more than 8,000 nurses. Our diversified and knowledgeable staff enables us to offer an assortment of quality programs for our employees and the community. For Advanced Practice Nurses CME programs are available through the Department of Medical Education.
Collaborations with academic facilities both locally and throughout the tri-state area provide access to nursing experts along with opportunities to help educate the next generation of nurses. We have educational affiliations with many outstanding academic institutions including:

Atlantic Cape Community College
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Thomas Jefferson University
Drexel University
University of Delaware
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Professional Development

To assist our nurses with professional development we offer the following benefits:

• Tuition reimbursement
• Continuing Education financial support
• RN-BSN Cohort with Richard Stockton College
• Nursing fellowships for eligible employees, their dependents, and members of the community
• Unpaid Nurse Externship opportunities

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Professional Ladder Program

This voluntary program offers three levels of achievement and rewards including financial stipends to recognize commitment to professional excellence. Ten categories aligned with the 14 Forces of Magnetism form the template for each level. The ladder is designed to demonstrate commitment to professional development, care delivery competency, volunteerism, committee work, research, continuous lifelong learning, and knowledge sharing. “Ladder Buddies,” nurses who are experts in the ladder process are available in navigating the ladder journey. AtlantiCare believes in the educational advancement of nursing. We provide opportunities at all levels of the nursing career spectrum.

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Nursing Fellowship Program

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center offers fellowships (a specified sum of money provided towards tuition, fees, or books) for selected candidates seeking an ASN or BS in Nursing degree at accredited nursing schools. These fellowships are provided to encourage a broad field of candidates that reflect the diverse community served by AtlantiCare. This program is designed to enhance the educational preparation for completion of pre-licensure Nursing education programs through the creation of a nurturing environment that promotes a sense of achievement and community. The theoretical basis for this program is Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring and her caritas process.

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Nurse Extern Program

Designed to utilize and enhance the knowledge and expertise of nursing students in the clinical area. This unpaid “shadow” program offered during the year provides opportunities to observe skills inherent in the Registered Nurse role under the guidance and supervision of skilled Practitioners, Educators, Clinical Managers, and Nurse-preceptors.

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Nurse Preceptors

Nurses interested in being preceptors attend a formal educational program to prepare for this role. The initial education is provided in collaboration with healthcare facilities in our region through the New Jersey Professional Development Alliance. Our preceptors believe in continuous learning, self-evaluation, and professional growth. To enhance their efforts our Clinical Education department offers rich and diverse offerings via classroom presentations as well as on-line. Preceptors attend sessions throughout the year to network and enrich their mind, body and spirit.

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RN Residency Programs

The New Graduate RN Residency Program is an evidence based education program designed to develop and support RN staff entering the acute care setting. The Residency is for New Graduate Nurses and RN’s with less than two years recent inpatient experience (novice to advanced beginner). The program aims to improve recruitment and retention of nurses through a yearlong, comprehensive, evidence-based education program with both theoretical and clinical components. The program supports the transition of nursing students to professional nurse, and enhances the work experience by reducing stress levels of the new graduate, precepting nurses, and nursing colleagues.

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Critical Care Residency/Bridge Program

This proven program prepares experienced nurses to transition into Critical Care and Trauma. This highly successful program was the basis for the RN Residency program. It incorporates the AACN Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO), a comprehensive introduction to critical care nursing

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Peri-Operative Bridge Program

New for 2007. Only the best are selected to participate in this on the job educational opportunity. Nurses spend over six months in this evidence based fully funded educational program. The program includes a rich learning environment under the guidance of experienced peri-operative educators as well as field time to observe and practice new skills with preceptors and mentors who are dedicated to preparing nurses for careers in the highly specialized field of peri-operative nursing.

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RN-BSN Program

Registered Nurses who meet the eligibility criteria can participate in an organization supported cohort program through a collaboration with the Richard Stockton College to advance their educational pursuits. This unique program is designed to meet the needs of working nurses.

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Call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 to learn more about the latest programs available.


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