Lafayette General Health's Nurse Residency Program

Lafayette General Health offers a Nurse Residency Program (NRP) to help train graduate nurses entering their professional field. This program is an addition to existing training practices to help new nurses drive their focus towards leadership, patient care and professional standards.  All Nurse Residency positions are paid positions.  You can apply for the program here.  Apply today and search keyword "Resident" to view all open positions.

The NRP at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) is based on Vizient and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Vizient /AACN) Nurse Residency Program™. The Vizient/AACN program has provided healthcare organizations with a transition-to-practice program for new graduate nurses since 2002. Academic partners on board with Lafayette General's program include the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LSU at Eunice and South Louisiana Community College schools of nursing.

The Nurse Residency Program benefits all participants involved, from the patient, nurse and hospital perspective. But, the basis of the program is to help nurses implement evidence-based practices to help bridge their transition from the classroom setting to the fast-paced medical field.


The program is open to all graduating registered nurses, or any RN with less than one-year experience working within the inpatient acute-care setting, progressive care unit and ICU specialty unit, hired by LGH with licensing from an accredited school.
There will be two groups, known as cohorts, launched per year, with the first group starting in March and the second in August. The program takes one year to complete.

Nurses train by attending mandatory interactive workshop sessions every month during the program. The 4- to 6-hour sessions involve:
  • Presentations from Content Experts
  • Journaling
  • Learning Activities 
  • Interactive Case Scenarios and Simulations
The workshops also allows nurses to reflect on professional experiences and converse with their peers about training or any other issues they encounter. For example, a session called “The Bedside Buzz,” allows nurses, in confidentiality, to discuss real encounters and to share similar experiences during the transitional period. This helps bolster confidence and competency while teaching team-building skills. 

For more information, about the residency program, contact Gretchen Milligan, Talent Acquisition Manager, at (337) 289-8467 or Crystal Decuir MSN, Nurse Residency Program Manager, at (337) 289-8668.