September 22, 2021
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Fresenius reports success of dialysis nurse residency program for curbing nurse shortage


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Fresenius Kidney Care’s new dialysis nurse residency program for graduate nurses, called the “first of its kind in dialysis” in a company press release, has supported more than 175 recent graduates.

The program, which “serves as an educational transition for nephrology practice,” has also seen increased demand with more than 250 and 500 nurses seeking support in 2021 and 2022, respectively, according to the release.

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“Fresenius Kidney Care founded this innovative nurse development program to build upon our university relations initiative focused on recruiting graduate nurses from colleges and universities nationwide,” Hillary Mohindra, director of university relations at Fresenius Kidney Care, said in the release. “By growing our own nursing talent, we not only have the opportunity to fill vacant nursing positions, but also to mold novice nurses into future leaders within the organization.”

The release further described the program as consisting of a 12- to 15-month residency, wherein residents are supported “holistically” with nurse mentors in their local area in addition to other program participants. With the program, and the collaborative partnership of the company with the American Nephrology Nurses Association, Fresenius seeks to grow the nephrology nurse profession, especially in light of the nationwide nursing shortage, according to the release.

“It’s been wonderful to see our nurse residents come through the program. This program is a fantastic way to expose new graduates to nephrology nursing,” Kimberly Vukovic, director of clinical education for Fresenius Kidney Care, said. “Nephrology nursing is unique, and we are committed to helping our residents achieve their goals through learning, mentorship, and first-hand experience.”