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April 8, 2014

Starting off on the right foot: CVPH program supports new nurses

CVPH program supports new nurses


“The five of us are available for all of the new nurses at anytime,” Drown said. “We’re there for them to reach out to.”

The team also checks in with the nurses regularly and sends out weekly emails with supplemental information.

In addition, the program’s classes also include 30-minute peer support sessions led by Zaidee Laughlin, during which participants discuss the clinical situations they are facing at that time.

The nurses also meet with members of the hospital’s administration, including Chief Operating Officer Debra Donahue and Associate Vice President of Patient Services Carrie Howard Canning.

“They come in as administration because they don’t have a daily contact with the new nurses, but they want to show their support of them entering in the facility,” Drown said.


Donahue, Canning and CVPH’s Assistant Vice President of Learning and Development Julie Brunell played an integral part in the creation of the program, according to Drown.

“We spent so much time developing this because we want people to get off on the right foot, and we want them to be indoctrinated into a culture that’s positive, that promotes that professional growth,” said Christine Blake, publications specialist/public relations with CVPH. “These folks have spent a lot of money on their education; we’re investing a great amount of time and energy in recruiting them; we want them to succeed.”

“They’re the future of CVPH,” Drown added.

The hope, she continued, is that the program with also decrease burnout among nurses.

“Nursing is such a rewarding career, but it also can be very stressful,” Drown said. “It can be overwhelming to the new nurses.”

So far, she noted, the program has received positive feedback from its participants.

“It’s kind of been like a cushion,” Day said.

“We’re all super excited about it,” Drown added.

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