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KDMC Welcomes Largest Class of Nursing School Grads

ASHLAND, KY  — As King’s Daughters continues to grow, so too does the need to recruit highly talented nurses. This year, KDMC has hired 155 nursing school graduates, the most in the medical center’s history. The majority of the nurses have completed their education at local institutions, including Ashland Community and Technical College, Kentucky Christian University, Ohio University, Shawnee State University and St. Mary’s School of Nursing.

Other graduates earned their degrees from Marshall University, Morehead State University, Rio Grande University, Mountain State University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College and Indiana University.

Before beginning their nursing careers at King’s Daughters, recent graduates complete a ten-week nurse residency program at the medical center. The program is designed to ensure the successful transition from a student nurse to the independent responsibilities of a staff nurse, says nurse residency educator Michelle McClave, R.N., BSN.

“This nurse residency program provides nurse graduates the opportunity to incorporate theory and novice critical thinking skills with actual clinical practice,” she says. “Experienced mentors help bridge the gap between education and practice.”

McClave says residency participants receive mentoring from KDMC nurses, including advance practice nurses and nurse preceptors who share their valuable years of experience.

Entering its eighth year, KDMC’s nurse residency program also provides graduate nurses the opportunity to complete over 140 hours of mentored clinical practice, which is greater than the 120 hours required by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

To learn more about career opportunities at King’s Daughters, visit Careers.

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