A mother of three young children, Nicole Connelly decided in 2008 to switch careers, go back to school and pursue her goal of becoming a registered nurse (RN). She took her prerequisite courses part-time in the evening, and then enrolled in a full-time nursing program where she received her associate’s degree and subsequently obtained her RN licensure. After becoming an RN, she was accepted into the New Graduate Nursing Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

This program offers classroom training on computer programs, policies and procedures, as well as clinical training on a floor in the hospital. After the initial six weeks of the program, the new nurse is paired with a preceptor on the floor. Preceptors at NWH are experienced RNs who are interested in working with and mentoring new nurses. To monitor progress, weekly meetings take place that include the new nurse, nurse manager, preceptor and nurse educator.

Watch Nicole’s video below.

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About Workforce Wednesdays

Over the next several months, we’ll share a series of stories featuring outstanding employees from across the Partners HealthCare System. These success stories are shining examples among the 64,000 Partners employees who strive for excellence every day.

At Partners we are deeply committed to providing pathways for our employees that will help them to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our workforce development programs help employees who want to begin or further their college experiences, grow their careers in science and health care, become an American citizen, or improve their understanding of the English language. These efforts help to develop a well prepared, engaged, and diverse group of workers that reflects the richness of the neighborhoods and patients our hospitals serve.

Topics: Clinical Training, Health Professions, Diversity and Inclusion, Partners Corporate

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