October 07, 2010
Help for nurses who ‘eat their young’
Verbal abuse is so common in the nursing profession that the expression “nurses eat their young” has become standard lore. The unflattering saying refers to the hostile treatment — back stabbing, intimidation and sabotage — that new nurses often receive from senior colleagues.
At Adventist Midwest Health, however, a new program matches young nurses with seasoned mentors to help them transition from school into the stressful hospital environment.
A whopping 372 nurses applied for this fall’s New Graduate RN Residence Program; just 24 were accepted into the 2010 class.
The nurses in this program, now placed at Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals in Hinsdale, La Grange, Glendale Heights and Bolingbrook, sign a two-year contract. During the program, they’re trained by mentors, receive classroom instruction and exchange ideas in weekly group meetings. The nurses are trained in eight different areas, including communication and their specific clinical area of practice.