Providence Medical Centers debut nurse residency program

Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services has created a novel nurse residency program this summer to provide on-the-job experience for newly graduated registered nurses — after the novices helped veteran nurses master a new state-of-the-art electronic health records system.

The first session began in early June and was open to 50 “new grads” who were hired by Providence in November to serve as technicians, coaching their more experienced counterpart nurses in utilizing the latest technology. All 50 have been guaranteed positions at five of the six Providence medical centers in the Los Angeles area upon completion of their residency training.

The new nurses are among 180 young men and women who recently received bachelor’s degrees from nursing schools throughout Southern California and are the first “wave” of technicians hired to help implement Providence’s new Epic health records system.

“It’s difficult for new grads to find jobs in hospitals, but through this unique program they assisted our nurses with their technological skills and learned about bedside care in return,” said Kathleen Alfe, nurse manager in charge of the Epic implementation. “They worked side-by-side with our nurses teaching them the system and learning so much at the same time.”


Statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown’s signing of ABx2-15

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Governor Brown’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves is deeply disturbing. This is the wrong decision for California.


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October 7, 2015

  • Wednesday, October 7

    College Fair, 6-8 p.m., Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. The event is sponsored by the Princeton Review and will feature food trucks and break-out sessions on financial aid for college, standardized testing and the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP). Free. Register at For more information, contact Assistant Principal Robert Currie, (626) 940-2013,

    The Compassionate Friends of South Bay/LA Meeting, 7 p.m., The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. The Compassionate Friends are a self-help group offering support to families who have lost a child. (310) 530-3214.

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