2022 Stronger - P135 - When All Else Fails Grow Your Own: Nurse Apprentice Program - On Demand

The Labor Nurse Apprentice program was developed to reduce vacancies on the labor and delivery unit. The program consists of a 14-week training schedule, during which time the apprentice obtains Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Fetal Monitoring certifications. Literature shows a specialized training program is effective in recruitment of new nurses.1 It has improved nurse retention by giving nurses outside the labor and delivery unit an opportunity for growth within the facility and has also improved nurse engagement and built a strong team environment. This program has proven to be the most successful recruitment strategy for labor and delivery nurses over the past two years and could easily be replicated for use in other specialty areas within the facility to reduce vacancies and increase retention and engagement.

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Other Healthcare Professionals

Learning Objectives

Outline a workforce plan to reduce unit vacancies using an apprentice program.

Describe strategies to increase professional growth opportunities for staff nurses.

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Course summary
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  • 0.50 ANCC
  • 0.50 General CE - Attendance
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Cindy Ingram, MN, RN, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President of Women and Children’s Services, St. Tammany Health System, Covington, LA

Jamie Romage, MSN, RN, Director of Lactation Services, Mother, Baby and New Family Center, St. Tammany Health System, Covington, LA


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Nurses (CNE)

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Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)

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  • 0.50 General CE - Attendance
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