Developing Retaining Talent
Developing our Novice Nurses
We have a strong commitment to fostering professional growth for novice nurses as evidenced by:
- the number of dedicated clinical education roles
- the numerous educational initiatives
- our innovative new graduate nursing internship program
- hospital and unit specific orientation programs
New Graduate Nursing Internship Program
This innovative program provides new graduates upon hire with opportunities to:
- Be mentored by an experienced nurse with clinical expertise in the chosen area through a partnership.
- Acquire new clinical and technical skills.
- Learn how to prioritize patient care needs and manage a workload.
- Spend time in related clinical areas.
- Learn about advanced practice roles.
The goal is to promote the transfer of knowledge to new graduates
within an accountability framework focussing on the new graduate nurse’s
professional growth and autonomy, which will lead to active participation
as a member of the clinical team.
Two types of internships are available:
- six-month internship in the emergency or intensive care unit
- three-month internship in any of the other program/service areas
Internship program participants will be chosen based on the following criteria:
- Candidate must be a new graduate hired into a permanent full-time position.
- Candidate must have no employment experience as a nurse.
- Candidate must be a graduate of a Canadian nursing school.
- Candidate must have CNO registration (either temporary or permanent). (Note: If the license is temporary, practice restrictions will apply).
- Consolidation in a comparable clinical setting is considered an asset.
- Sister Christine Gaudet Scholarship Fund
- Dr. S. Gordon Ross Memorial Fund
The Sister Christine Gaudet scholarship fund and the Dr. S. Gordon Ross Memorial Fund are to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 for the staff of St. Michael's Hospital or their children, pursuing studies in a health-care related field. Individuals may receive a maximum of two scholarships during their studies. Awards are made semi annually to one or more qualified applicants chosen from all those who apply.
Our RN Performance Appraisal System
Developing and enhancing employee skills are vital to making St. Michael's Hospital a great place to work. Having a standardized performance appraisal system for all registered nurses is one important step in this process.
The hospital's performance review tool for RNs is competency-based and has been designed to support the College of Nurses annual quality assurance requirements and is based on a model of self-reflective practice.
Along with maintaining the requirements for RN registration, the performance review process promotes learning and continuous professional development by helping RNs to:
- Analyze their own nursing practice
- Reflect on where they are in terms of their own professional development
- Receive meaningful feedback from their manager and peers about their performance
- Create a learning plan to identify areas for growth not only to meet their professional standards but to achieve an expert level of practice