A transition-to-practice program for the graduate nurse throughout the first year in their professional role.

The Nurse Residency Program at WVU Medicine is a transition-to-practice program for the new baccalaureate prepared graduate nurse throughout the first year in their professional role.

Newly hired BSN and ASN prepared graduate nurses at WVU Hospital will participate in the Nurse Residency Program. This evidence-based program is designed to support the new nurses’ journey from novice to a competent member of our healthcare team. This is accomplished through a variety of interactive presentations, small group activities and hands-on experiences led by clinical experts within the organization and our academic partners at the WVU School of Nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who participates in the Nurse Residency Program?

Our Nurse Residency Program is a one year program designed for all new graduates of an accredited ASN or BSN program to facilitate the transition into professional practice.

What is included in the program?

We are a leading academic medical center and our nursing staff treats complex cases and provides specialized care not offered at other local facilities. Our program provides educational opportunities to promote critical thinking, leadership, and professional development. Our program is overlaid on top of unit based orientation and is directed toward improving patient outcomes through evidence based care. Monthly Educational workshops/support sessions allow residents to enhance their professional development beyond nursing school by completing an evidence based group project or performance improvement project and encourages networking with other new nurses throughout the organization.

What is the commitment?

WVU Medicine is committed to nursing professional development and is dedicated to life-long learning. Each workshop is 8 hours in length and is overlaid on top of unit based orientation and unit based education. These workshops are part of scheduled work hours and they are paid educational time.

How often is the program offered?

The Nurse Residency Program is currently offered four times a year to coincide with graduation dates. There is no maximum number of residents in each cohort. Additional information and a schedule for the program are provided during the programs orientation event.

How do I apply?

All new BSN and ASN graduates are enrolled into the Nurse Residency Program upon hire. Apply for a staff nurse position by clicking and follow the application process. If you have questions about this process, contact the Human Resources Department of WVU Medicine at 304-598-4075.

Kimberley Bertha MSN, RN, RNC-NIC, RN-BC
Transition Coordinator/ Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
WVU Medicine
Nursing Administration
berthak@wvumedicine.org
Office: 304-598-4000
Office Location: 4NE Tower Nursing Administration Suite

Ruth Harvath MSN, RN
Transition Coordinator/ Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
WVU Medicine
Nursing Administration
harvathr@wvumedicine.org
Office: 304-598-4000
Office Location: 4NE Tower Nursing Administration Suite

Dena Butchko BSN, RN
Transition Coordinator/ Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
WVU Medicine
Nursing Administration
dena.butchko@wvumedicine.org
Office: 304-598-4000
Office Location: 4NE Tower Nursing Administration Suite

Patricia Dekeseredy MScN, RN
Transition Coordinator/ Nurse Residency Program Coordinator
WVU Medicine
Nursing Administration
patricia.dekeseredy@wvumedicine.org
Office: 304-598-4000
Office Location: 4NE Tower Nursing Administration Suite