CARTERVILLE, Ill. (KFVS) - Southern Illinois Healthcare is accepting applications now for its registered nurse, residency program.
The Healthcare provider has been doing this program since 2012 and has hired 647 new graduates.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be graduates of an accredited college, hold an Illinois RN license and have less than six months of working experience as an RN. You can click here for more information.
Heather Julian, SIH nursing professional development practitioner, trains many of the nurses coming through the doors at Southern Illinois Healthcare.
She said the pandemic has slowed down the number of applications.
“I think there might be some nurses out there that are scared because of what’s going on in the world right now. There a little bit scared of hospital nursing,” said Julian.
Becoming a nurse takes time and effort.
“It’s definitely a great foundation for people to you know, especially if it’s their first year of practice,” Julian said about the program. “Really get out there and practice their skills with assessment and critical thinking and kind of just really building that up.”
The program also provides an extended 16-week orientation period along with 12 years of additional support for nurses that are brand new to the career.
Registered Nurse Hannah Cunningham went through the hospital’s residency program. She now works at SIH Herrin.
“I was kind of on the fence about it, seemed like a really long residency, and at first I was like, ‘man that’s a long time to have someone there with you and not be on your own,’ and now I went through it, I am so thankful for all those times I had with them,” said Cunningham.
She said the residency helped her narrow her career path.
“I wanted to help people and I know I wanted to work in the medical field but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do either,” Cunningham said.
Her co-worker, Morgan Kile, said the residency program definitely helped. She also now works at SIH Herrin.
“Whenever you’re coming out of nursing school, it can be scary thinking about, ‘oh my gosh, I’m going to be responsible for these people, it’s my license,’ all that stuff. With SIH we do the 16 week residency and that I felt very comfortable with that. That’s a very good amount of time,” said Kile.
That time better prepares her for the job.
“The more experience you have, the better you’re going to feel. School is one thing, passing a test is one thing, but actually being at the bed side and taking care of patients and being responsible for patients is another,” said Kile.
Julian knows the stress new nurses go through.
“Across the country a lot of new nurses do leave there first job, within the first year just because it’s so stressful. So that’s why we want to have all these things here available and the support for these nurses to help make it through that first stressful year,” said Julian.
The application deadline is March 1.
You can start uploading your information on the SIH Website.
Interviews will be scheduled March 8-12. Those will be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.