Staff Development at Texas Medical Center
At Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, we want to provide nurses with everything they need to nurture and grow their careers. Many employees go from entry-level nurse to clinical specialist to management in our system. Your knowledge, skill, performance and willingness to learn make the difference.
Memorial Hermann offers nurses many advantages as part of a culture of collaboration, competence, innovation, compassion and opportunity, including:
- Cross-training: Satisfy your career advancement ambitions without leaving our organization. Learn a new clinical practice specialty, jump back into nursing with a career refresher course or collaborate at Houston-area schools of nursing.
- Tuition Reimbursement: Memorial Hermann encourages employees to enhance their careers through educational advancement. From your first day of employment, you are eligible for tuition reimbursement to help advance your career education goals with a nursing-related regimen of study. Memorial Hermann also encourages nurses to attain specialty certification, for which reimbursement is also available. For more information, or enroll in tuition reimbursement, visit Employee Self Service via InSite.
- In-Service Programs for Continuing Education Credit. Take advantage of continuing and specialty education programs available within your department and facility.
- CEU Bonanzas (Nursing Grand Rounds): Participate in quarterly programs that focus on specific disease processes, patient care plans or other medical issues. Grand rounds provide a forum for critical thinking and a chance to expand your knowledge.
- Self-Development Opportunities: Available 24/7 to include CEUs though our state-of-the-art, nationally recognized best practice online learning system.
- Nurse Residency Program: The residency program is designed for BSN graduate nurses, and is supported by the University HealthSystem Consortium. The program consists of a series of learning and work experiences designed to assist you in transitioning into your first professional role and becoming a leader at the bedside. These experiences emphasize the development of the clinical and leadership skills necessary for the advanced beginner nurse to be a successful full-time partner on the healthcare team. Our program is one year in length and layers education opportunities on top of nursing orientation.
- Partners in Learning (PiL) Program: The PiL Program leverages system relationships and allows nurses access to courses across the system.
Orientation and Culture Day
Our orientation program consists of a well-defined process that helps to educate new employees both on procedures at our hospital and the culture of the system.
Memorial Hermann strongly believes in providing each new employee partner with a timely and quality introduction to the System's culture, history, purpose and values. This is accomplished in part by requiring that each new employee partner spend his or her first day at work in Culture Day. This program brings new employee partners from different facilities together in a central location and exposes them to what makes the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System such a unique and special place.
Following the completion of Culture Day, nurses report to their assigned facilities, where they receive additional orientation related to their specific hospital/division and unit. Nursing orientation is individualized to the nurse's level of experience. Unit-based coaches assist with clinical orientation, focusing on competence, patient care content and unit culture.
The Nursing Clinical Ladder at Memorial Hermann-TMC provides a framework for the promotion and recognition of excellence in nursing practice. Promotion allows for additional clinical, professional and financial opportunities, such as nursing research, classes, leading unit practice councils, and opportunities to advance up the clinical ladder.
Partnerships with Schools of Nursing
Memorial Hermann works closely with The University of Texas, Texas Woman's University and others to expand and enhance their nursing programs. Over a semester, at any given time, 70 to 100 student nurses are gaining valuable training through clinical practicum. Our nursing internships cover a wide spectrum of specialties that enrich the professional practice of nursing in the community.