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DHM combats nursing industry shortage

Doctors Hospital of Manteca administrators Mark Lisa and Carmen Silva pose with their "cohort" group of recently graduated RN's they are welcoming to their hospital. Those seated in the front row ...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED February 8, 2009 5:07 a.m.
Staff reporter for the
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Doctors Hospital of Manteca is meeting the nursing shortage head on with a cohort of new hires they will be putting through additional classes for the next four months.

Ten recently graduating registered nurses were welcomed into the fold Friday afternoon at a special reception at Doctors Hospital’s conference center by administrators Mark Lisa and Carmen Silva.

The nurses - all hired on full-time - are now embarking on the 18-week Versant Residency Program that Doctors’ parent Tenet Healthcare Corporation is currently offering at 10 of their hospitals from Manteca to Florida.

Two other California based hospital are in San Ramon and Fountain Valley.

Two of the new nurses are from Manteca.  Michael Dahle is a graduate of East Union High School and Jamie Mauk graduated from Manteca High in 1995.

Tenet is expanding the residency program offered by Versant Advantage, Inc. as part of its strategy to increase nurse retention and to improve the acclimation of its new registered nurse graduates.  

“The RN residence provides a transition from student nurses to professional nurse by giving them the professional skills they need to increase their competency and confidence, said Garry Olney, vice president of Patient Care Services at Tenet.

East Union grad Michael Dahle moved back to Manteca from Las Vegas to go to work for Doctors. He said his hospital visits have always been a good experience. Dahle added he would rather be in nursing helping people rather than in sales where you often try to sell something to people that they really don’t want.

He said he will be working in ICU beginning Monday and is ready to get his feet on the ground at Doctors.

Manteca grad Jamie Mauk said she has already worked in emergency at Doctors as an extern student nurse for the last two years - earlier serving as a ward clerk and monitor tech. She will now be going back into ER at a registered nurse.

Mauk said her dad’s serious illness five years ago prompted her to want to go into nursing.  She added that she had been at the side of his hospital bed for three months - in seven different hospitals.

After he recovered she knew she “needed to give something back” for what her family had received from the medical community.  She is also a mom to two boys, Tyler, 14 and Brodie, 6.

Adrienne Cathey, of Tracy, is a West High grad as well as the Delta College Nursing program.  She, too, is no stranger to Doctors where she worked in ICU for the last two years. Cathey has one daughter, Madison, three years old.

She first worked as an in-home care giver until she was certified as a nursing assistant and went to work at a convalescent hospital in Los Gatos.  

“I decided I wanted to care for people in a greater capacity,” she noted.

Melissa Maness also spent time working as an extern at Doctors while going to Delta for her RN degree. She was assigned to the OB department where she has a vivid memory of one patient asking a favor. Taking her hand she asked, “Can you come with me into my C-Section?”

Maness said that was a procedure she had experienced more than once and she was ready to be a comfort to the new mother.
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