Two nurses graduate from VA hospital transition program

SYVANNAH WOLLMER, SECOND from left, and Kaitlyn Uren, seated, receive their certificates for completing the 12-month Registered Nurse Transition-to-Practice Program. With them, from left, are Paul Seim, assistant chief of nursing and patient care service; Connie Gudowicz, Transition-to-Practice Program coordinator; and Andrea Collins, associate director for nursing and patient care.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Two nurses at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center have graduated from its Registered Nurse Transition-to-Practice Program.

Kaitlyn Uren and Syvannah Wollmer participated in the 12-month program, which uses a comprehensive VA curriculum designed to assist post-graduate nurses in transitioning from entry-level registered nurse to competent nursing professional. It provides the nurse with additional training to enhance patient care at the bedside and support development.

Uren is on the general medical inpatient unit, while Wollmer works in the Community Living Center for long-term care and short-term rehabilitation.

During the program, Uren and Wollmer shadowed various clinical positions outside of their normal duties to gain a better understanding how all departments work together to provide patient care.

The program finished with each graduate giving medical center leadership a presentation on current research that could benefit the medical center.