Bridge Program to Specialty Areas

Patient Care Services at Westerly Hospital offers an extraordinary opportunity for Registered Nurses looking to transition to patient care in Emergency Medicine. The Bridge to Emergency Nursing Program focuses on experienced RNs from the medical-surgical or intensive care areas who have a desire to participate in a competency-based orientation through clinical and classroom training. The importance of learning through direct patient care and guided educational experiences is emphasized through collaboration with content experts in the field. Each RN’s orientation is designed to include an evidenced-based model, preceptor guidance, hands-on clinical experience, classroom education, and online learning. The program is modeled after Westerly Hospital’s successful New Graduate Fellowship Program.

To date, two RNs have completed the program and have transitioned to Emergency Nursing. Over the next two months, five additional RNs will complete the Bridge to Emergency Nursing Program. Recently, participants experienced a highly realistic simulation of a distressed infant in an emergency complicated childbirth during a Maternal-Child Emergency Simulation. Content experts from L&M and Westerly Hospital collaborated to bring this exceptional experience to the ED program. Westerly Hospital’s own Tricia Barber, RN and Lisa Torey, RN brought their years of women’s health experience to the simulation.

Registered Nurses interested in the Bridge to Emergency Nursing Program can apply to an Emergency Department position via the Employee Intranet. Questions about the program can be directed to Westerly Hospital’s Professional Development department staff or to Catherine Fanning, RN, MSN, ED Nurse Manager.