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New RN Graduates

New Registered Nurses have many outstanding opportunities to apply their fresh skills and to develop their careers professionally at Columbus Regional.

GEMS (Graduates: Engaged, Mastering, Succeeding)

Columbus Regional Healthcare System offers a new graduate GEMS Program (Graduates: Engaged, Mastering and Succeeding) which offers a Preceptor Orientation, and rotation to each unit of a service Adult Care, Women’s, Children’s or Critical Care.

Upon completion of the program the new graduate will move into a "home" unit for a specific unit orientation. Placement is based on current openings as well as area of interest. The GEMS program is an information-packed, hands-on internship program for the new nurse that is paid and preceptor guided.

Program Benefits

In addition to strong preceptor support, GEMS participants will enjoy:

  • Educational sessions with guest speakers
  • The chance to give and receive support from fellow
          new nurses enrolled in the GEMS program
  • A shift differential if working evenings, nights or weekends

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for participation in the GEMS program, nurses must be:

  • A new graduate RN
  • Licensed in the state of Georgia prior to orientation

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Nursing Benefits

Columbus Regional offers:

  • Competitive edge and advanced equipment
  • Unmatched clinical experiences and learning opportunities
  • Flexible, self-scheduling to facilitate formal educational advancements, 
          continuing education and to accommodate family life
  • Professional growth through tuition reimbursement and continuing education
  • Ability to work/train in multiple specialties
  • Ability to share professional knowledge with residents
  • Self-Scheduling
  • Excellent benefits

Columbus Regional Benefits

  • Paid Time off Program
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403 (b) retirement plan with employer matching
  • Pension plan and fully vested after three years of employment
  • Free parking
  • Direct deposit
  • Cafeteria discount
  • Discounted special events and movie tickets
  • Financial institutions partnerships

RN-Specific Benefits

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Certification pay
  • Preceptor courses and pay
  • Shift/Weekend differentials
  • Nursing education opportunities
  • RN Re-Entry Program
  • Leadership Development course
  • Nurse Apprenticeship program
  • Nursing scholarships
  • Enhanced clinical orientation

Nursing Opportunities

Opportunities for Growth
Columbus Regional accepts new Registered Nurse graduates for a wide range of services, including:

  • Antepartum
  • Behavioral Health
  • Children’s Center
  • Emergency Department
  • Family Care Center/Nursery
  • High Risk Nursery/NICU
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Rental Dialysis
  • Special Care Nursery
  • Surgical Services
  • Telemetry

Nursing Units
Our mission is to provide compassionate care delivered by competent professionals. The possibilities for how you can choose to deliver that care are endless at Columbus Regional.

A brief overview of the nursing units follows:
 
Emergency Department
The Emergency Department is an exciting, fast-paced place to work. We see 58,000 patients a year with 900 traumas per year. We are the only state designated Level II Trauma Center in the area and cover 13 counties in Georgia and two in Alabama. We treat patients from various populations from birth to geriatrics. The Emergency Department is comprised of 34-beds with a separate seven-bed Ambulatory Treatment Center.
 
ICU
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a 32-bed unit that specializes in care of critically ill patients and is the area’s leading neurosurgery and trauma unit. Medical, Surgical, Trauma and Neurological patients are treated in this multi-faceted unit. An excellent team of nurses and supporting staff are able to teach and train nurses and new graduates who desire to be a part of this team. Nursing care in ICU is a challenging and invigorating experience. It allows one to practice the skills attained through professional growth, work experience and educational opportunities.   
 
Surgery
The Surgery Department offers 10 state-of-the-art OR suites plus one dedicated urology OR. The preoperative area is a fast-paced and challenging unit with unlimited opportunities for learning and caring for patients in a critical care environment. The Endoscopy area offers three procedure rooms with pre-procedure and post-procedure recovery areas included within the department. (Surgery also covers the post anesthesia care unit and outpatient surgery.) Nurses receive extensive on the job training.   
 
Labor & Delivery
The Labor and Delivery Unit (L&D) is the regional perinatal center serving as a resource and referral center for 10 hospitals and over 20 counties in Georgia and Alabama. There are over 2,700 births a year including cesarean sections, high-risk deliveries and immediate postpartum tubal ligations. It has 12-private LDRs, three OR suites and a five bedpost anesthesia care unit. There is 24/7 anesthesia coverage and High Risk Nursery (Level III) support. There is a low nurse/patient ratio. The unit also has computer documentation and specialty training in fetal monitoring skills. 
 
High Risk Nursery (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the only Level III unit in the region. It is a 28-bed unit offering specialized neonatal services such as neonatal transport service, developmental care and neonatal resuscitation. The unit offers an opportunity for staff to work closely with families. This specialized environment offers an opportunity for staff to practice the science of nursing through the use of highly technical skills combined with compassion and caring. The unit has a limited pull/float area. 
 
Family Care Center/Nursery
The Family Care Center/Nursery is a unit with 31 private postpartum beds and 16 nursery bassinets. The unit supports rooming-in and couplet care. There is an opportunity to cross train to the Special Care Nursery, a Level II neonatal care unit. The Family Care Center fosters an environment where nurses assist families in learning how to care for their newborn once ready to leave the hospital.  
 
Special Care Nursery
The Special Care Nursery is a 12-bassinet, Level II unit. Nurses have the unique opportunity to provide care to babies with special needs. Babies are referred for care from direct admissions from local pediatricians, as well as a step down admissions area from NICU and referring hospitals. There is an opportunity to cross-train to the Family Care Center unit. The added benefit of working on this unit is working closely with families in preparing to care for their babies at home. 
 
Columbus Regional Children’s Center/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
The Children’s Center and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit are located on the 5th floor and it’s the only comprehensive pediatric service in this area. It specializes in providing care for newborn patients through 19 years of age. The unit includes a 29-private bed acute care/convalescent unit with semi-private conversion capability to 41 beds and a seven-bed PICU. There are many specific pediatric continuing education opportunities including the annual Pediatric Nursing Conference, PALS, Oncology and Pediatric Certification. The Medical Center is a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital in which unit staff support and participation heighten teamwork and camaraderie.

4 Main
4 Main is a unit with 22-private rooms, and is prepared to care for the high-risk antenatal patient, families who are experiencing a perinatal loss, gynecology complications and post-operative gynecological cancer patients. The nursing staff works closely with the patient and their families through the patient’s recovery process from surgical procedures to providing bereavement support for the grieving family.
 
6 East
6 East is a 41-bed medical/orthopedic unit with 20 dedicated orthopedic beds. An eight-week enhanced orientation program prepares new team members to care for this specialized population. The unit facilitates a “Joint Camp” patient education program for those undergoing Total Joint Replacements and an annual Orthopedic Nursing seminar for staff. 
 
6 Main
6 Main is a 21-bed neuroscience unit. The team is highly skilled and works one-on-one with neurosurgeons. An eight-week orientation program prepares new team members in providing in-depth neuro-nursing treatment to this patient population. 
 
7 Main
7 Main is a 41-bed surgical/chemotherapy unit. An eight-week orientation program is offered to nurses on the unit that deals with a vast number of vascular and general surgeries. The chemotherapy unit is highly skilled and utilizes the latest oncological advancements. Chemotherapy certification is required. 
 
8 Main/Telemetry
8 Main is a 42-bed Telemetry/Renal unit. This unit is fast-paced offers numerous educational opportunities. An eight-week orientation program focusing on developing the specialized skills required to care for cardiac and renal patients is provided. Basic arrhythmia, cardiac infusion and peritoneal dialysis classes are offered throughout the year. ACLS is required for all RNs and encouraged for LPNs. 
 

Nursing Apprenticeship
The Nurse Apprenticeship program is offered to students enrolled in a professional nursing program who have successfully completed their first clinical year. The Nursing Apprenticeship program provides students an environment in which they are guided toward comprehensive internalization of their role as a professional nurse through the supervision of a Registered Nurse. 
 
Program Objective
The goals of the Apprenticeship program are to:

  • Develop knowledge and basic skills necessary to achieve the Nurse Apprentice’s goal of becoming a Registered Nurse
     
  • Gain experience and insight that will help ensure a smooth transition form the academic setting to the workplace
     
  • Formulate a mutually beneficial bond between the Nurse Apprentice and Columbus Regional
     

How to Apply
Application packets and additional information may be obtained by contacting Meghan Johnson in Human Resources (706) 660-2764. Columbus Regional requires all applicants to apply online.

As a new graduate, you are encouraged to explore all areas of interest. Please note these on your application by entering them on the “Position Applying For” line. This will allow us to make arrangements with specific departments for you to tour areas and meet with the staff.  
 
Requirements for our programs include:
 

  • A completed Application for Employment packet
     
  • A letter of recommendation from the Director of your Nursing Program that includes verification of a 3.0 or better GPA
     
  • A written document that outlines your interest in the program and your goals and objectives
     

Applicants selected for the Externship Program will be required to complete the necessary pre-employment physical screening, including a urine drug screen and a police background check.

Once the program is completed, the student will be offered the option of continuing employment with Columbus Regional until graduation on a PRN basis at the level of Medical Assistant.  
 
What’s Next?
Our professional recruiter will contact you within two business days of the receipt of your application. If you do not hear from us in a timely manner or would like more information please call us at 1-800-352-2331, ext. 6305.

Contact Us

Meghan Johnson
Professional Recruiter
Human Resources Department
(706) 660-2764
meghan.hall@crhs.net

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.