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Seven graduate nurses complete Doctors Versant residency program
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Seven registered nurses recently completed the Doctors Hospital of Manteca Versant residency program they began in mid-August. They are, from left Michelle Duckworth, Jennifer Mullings, May Cabebe, Kelly Hoke, Desiree Romero, Amanda Harman and Ariane Blair. The group of RNs was selected from some 315 applicants. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Seven recent registered nurse grads have just completed their 18-week Versant residency program at Doctors Hospital of Manteca to give them an extra edge in caring for their patients.

The comprehensive program transitions newly graduated registered nurses from the student role to a safe, competent, and professional practice. It began for them in August, according to hospital spokeswoman Denise Johnson.

She explained that the initial first few weeks at any job can be challenging with the pressure, and with the responsibility a nurse endures, it can be overwhelming at first. 

The Versant program slows the on-the-job residency training to a slow and methodical pace, ensuring that no scenario is left untouched throughout the hospital, she said.

The nursing Versant program was launched some four years ago, serving a total of 41 RN graduates who were exposed to a variety of departments in the Manteca hospital.

Assignments took the women from the Multi-Specialty Unit to other protocols including the Med Surg South and the emergency room and the delivery room.

The nurses were congratulated on completing the journey: “from knowledge to knowing.”

They were treated to cake at a special celebration in the hospital conference room where they were lauded by medical professionals.