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Nurse Residency and Fellowship Program

The Standardized Orientation and Academic Residency and Fellowship (SOAR) program, offered at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center, and Marian Regional Medical Center, is designed to empower nurses new to the organization with the essential educational tools they need to not just succeed, but to truly excel in their nursing careers. 

By providing a supportive and nurturing environment, the program equips nurses with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to soar to new heights of professional achievement.

The SOAR program is open to nurses new to our organization year-round. Learners will spend six months focused on specific competency development and six months focused on professional development.

Competency Based Skills Classes

Utilizing a competency based curriculum approach, rooted in Benner’s Theory of Novice to Expert, our unit specific classes are designed to foster clinical and professional growth. 

These programs are offered for numerous workplace settings, including:

  • Medical surgical
  • Step down
  • Critical care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Postpartum
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Operating room
  • Rehabilitation
  • Emergency

This multimodal learning series offers learners a variety of methods to build competence. Cognitive, social, psychodynamic, and humanistic behavioral learning theories are all utilized within our SOAR program. 

Learners attend classes to build skills through hands-on experiences in their areas of specialty.

Paired with Trained Preceptors

Residents and fellows are paired with experienced and trained preceptors, working closely together as a team. Our program is committed to delivering top-notch training through interactive didactic classes conducted both in person and virtually via Zoom. Learners have convenient access to on-demand materials through online platforms, empowering them as they embark on their new roles.

High Fidelity Simulation

High fidelity simulation is vital to ensuring critical thinking through problem solving, case studies, and role-playing with peers. These life-like simulations cover case studies that are high risk, low volume to ensure our staff are ready to care for our patients. Simulations are unit specific and provide networking opportunities with other units.

Community and Support

Focus on well-being and self-care are embedded throughout the program. Fun activities such as hiking are available to network and connect with SOAR peers. An annual recognition luncheon is provided in recognition of the preceptor’s dedication and time with the residents and fellows. It also allows our leaders to acknowledge the graduates from the residency and fellowship program and award them with a certification of completion.

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RN Residency

RN Fellowship

SOAR includes an RN Residency program, for those with less than a year of nursing experience, and an RN Fellowship program, for those with at least a year of experience in nursing that are transitioning to a new practice setting. 

Our program is accredited through the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Practice Transition Accreditation Program or PTAP, which sets the global standard for residency and fellowship programs for nurses changing practice settings.