Board Hosted Luncheon for Jim Valenti, CEO of UMC

Board Hosted Luncheon for Jim Valenti, CEO of UMC
April 2, 2016

In appreciation of our continued partnership with University Medical Center of El Paso, Project ARRIBA’s Board of Directors hosted Mr. Jim Valenti, CEO and Ms. Betsy Castillo, Executive Assistant to the CEO for lunch on March 2, 2016. UMC is Project ARRIBA’s major employer partner and one of the first funding agencies to recognize the importance of multi-year funding commitments. Since 2003, UMC has believed in our mission of investing in human capital to address the need for a highly skilled and culturally relevant healthcare workforce. This partnership has led to 138 job placements at UMC. Project ARRIBA is currently engaged in its fourth, three-year contact to train registered nurses and other healthcare professionals.

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UMC is recruiting new graduate nurses for its Nurse Residency Program. The program has made a positive effect on the recruitment and retention of new graduate nurses, by providing an opportunity for the nurse resident to gain “real world” professional work experience in the acute care setting.

The program is designed for new graduate nurses and nurses with less than 6-month professional nursing experience. The nurse must be a graduate of an accredited Baccalaureate (BSN) nursing program and licensed to practice in the State of Texas.

“Project ARRIBA graduates keep on growing long after they graduate from school. Once again, today I witnessed the power of education, motivation and GANAS from 2 of our RN BSN graduates”. Project ARRIBA Senior Case Manager Herminia “Mimi” Duran continued, “Adriana Franco and Raymundo Maldonado are perfect examples of what putting your passion into your career can get you. Both have graduated from the Nurse Residency Program at UMC and will now be able to soar even higher in their profession.”

The Nursing Residency Program supports new nurses in the development of confident and competent practitioners. Participation in the NRP has led to increased self-confidence, competence, greater professional socialization, job satisfaction, decreased turnover, decreased hospital costs for recruitment and ultimately allows UMC nurses to deliver a “Higher Level of Care”. At a cost of approximately $10,000, UMC is the only hospital to offer this one-year training program. All other hospitals usually offer a four-month training program.

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