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Southern Maine Health Care Honors First Graduates of New Nurse Residency Program

March 11, 2019

graduates 450Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is pleased to honor the first five graduates of its new Nurse Residency Program: 

  • Heather Everett, RN
  • Mariah Gilbert, RN
  • Stephanie Peel, RN
  • Krysten Forrester, RN
  • Angelina Rice, RN

The SMHC Nurse Residency Program, developed by Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), is an evidence-based, year-long program aimed at assisting the new graduate nurse in the transition from academics to practice. The program is designed to help develop critical thinking, decision-making, and clinical leadership skills in a fast-paced hospital setting to empower the new nurse to become a successful partner in the healthcare team. The program is used by over 200 hospitals nationwide. Hospitals that have implemented the program have also seen reductions in nursing turnover, and a positive impact on patient safety and quality of care.

"The SMHC Nurse Residency Program is so exciting because it provides incredible support to newly graduated nurses as they start their career in a demanding and rewarding field," said Joanna Salamone, MS, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer for Southern Maine Health Care. "SMHC places significant value on advanced learning for nurses and it is so important for new nurses to have access to a group of peers and mentors who assist them in enhancing their skills. Our program is evidence based, with positive clinical outcomes that will help not only the participating nurses, but also our patients."

SMHC’s nurse residency program is a 12-month structured curriculum that includes monthly classroom learning seminars, case studies, small-group discussion, and the completion of an evidence-based practice project focused on Leadership, Patient Outcomes, and Professional Role.

"Growth, increased confidence, a broadened spectrum of knowledge and team camaraderie are just some of the benefits to graduates of the program," said Diane Frechette MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, SMHC Nurse Resident Program Coordinator. "It is a fun and interactive learning experience that provides tremendous value not just to the participants, but to the organization as well."

Photo Caption: (Pictured left to right) Heather Everett, RN; Mariah Gilbert, RN; Stephanie Peel, RN; Krysten Forrester, RN; Angelina Rice, RN

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare organization with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.”  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services and Walk-In Care centers in York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. SMHC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. To learn more, visit

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