Paying it forward through mentoring
Legacy Health offers an R.N. Residency Program for new graduate nurses to provide support and education during their transition from academics to clinical practice. The program combines preceptor experiences, mentoring and classroom learning to help nurses gain the experience, judgment, skills and confidence to navigate the complexity of hospital life.
Jenni Suarez, R.N. works in Mount Hood’s Emergency Department. She started there in August 2013 as a new nurse in Legacy’s nurse residency program after graduating with a B.S. in nursing. Being in the residency program helped Suarez navigate the journey into nursing practice with mentoring and support. “The nurse residency program provides a safety net between the shift from academics and student life to real responsibilities of working as a nurse,” said Suarez.
She also learned in her residency that she loved the work and pace in the emergency department. “I really got to learn that the ER environment was a good fit for my personality and career interests.”
Suarez is serving as a preceptor for a new cohort of nurses in Legacy’s resident program. She had a great experience with her preceptor and wants to pay it forward and help a new nurse get started successfully in their career.
Leah Alvarez is a resident nurse being mentored by Suarez. She is appreciating the steady guidance of her mentor and how she is helping her transition from student to nursing professional. “Having a preceptor is great because they provide support and guidance as you apply training and gain valuable experience,” said Alvarez. “I feel fortunate to have Jenni’s mentoring and to be part of Legacy's residency program. It’s going to give me a strong foundation for my career.”