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Why is the nurse retention rate at Sibley Memorial Hospital so high? And why do the few nurses who leave, so often return? Is it the excellent resources or the supportive management team? The interdisciplinary collaboration or the outstanding educational programs?  The opportunity to lead or the freedom to expand clinical expertise? We believe it’s a combination of factors that create an unforgettable nursing career experience.

Our location is superb—without question, one of the most attractive neighborhoods in the D.C. region. Our stability and reputation for excellence are well-known. We’re looking forward to a future of exciting expansion, including a new patient pavilion with all private rooms, a new Cancer Center, an expanded Emergency Department and larger Labor and Delivery areas. Currently, construction is underway for a new Medical Building, which will feature 62,000 square feet of space for physician offices plus a three-suite Outpatient Surgery Center, and Imaging Center with CT, MRI, Radiography and Ultrasound, and retail shops.

As a member of our nursing team, you can expect to be valued, supported, respected and and rewarded. YOU are why we are the best—YOU are the image of Sibley. Your value to our organization is immeasurable.

We’re committed to your growth

Nursing education and development programs for Sibley Memorial Hospital employees

Whether you are a new grad, mid-career nurse or seasoned RN, when it comes to learning and growth, we’ve got you covered at Sibley Memorial. Nursing is a journey, and every segment should be designed to help you advance so that you can realize your potential. At Sibley, our excellent educational and development programs include:

  • Nurse Extern Program – For rising senior nursing students, this summer program provides the opportunity to work on an assigned unit and develop assessment, organizational, time management and priority setting skills. See nursing theory put into practice. The program begins in May of each year.
  • Graduate Nurse Program – In this program, graduate nurses begin a two-week classroom orientation followed by several weeks of preceptor-based orientation on the unit. To qualify, new grads must be licensed as RNs in the District of Columbia. Programs are available in Medical Surgical Services, Women’s and Infant Services, Perioperative Services and Critical Care Services, plus Emergency Department. Programs normally begin in February, July and October.
  • Perioperative Fellowship Training Program – For new graduate RNs or experienced RNs entering the perioperative specialty area. This program offers extensive didactic and clinical training.
  • PACE (Professional Advancement Clinical Excellence program) – Sibley’s career advancement model is based on a high level of commitment to clinical practice, leadership, service to the organization and performance improvement activities. This four-step ladder recognizes and rewards professional nurses who choose to develop excellence in either leadership (administrative) roles or clinical specialties for bedside RNs.

Additional educational programs include:

  • Online RN to BSN program
  • Educational assistance (also available to qualified part-time employees on a pro-rated basis)
  • Reimbursement pay for various specialty review courses and certifications
  • Tailored orientation programs
  • In-service training to enhance clinical practice and mirror "Best Practice"
  • Reimbursement for external workshops, seminars, etc.
  • By investing in our nurses, we’re investing in a future of continuing excellence and achievement.

Your experience is valued

At Sibley Memorial Hospital, experienced nurses are appreciated for more than their clinical expertise. They are also valued for their many contributions to our nursing team. Experienced nurses serve as mentors for the new graduate RN. They provide valuable insight through committee participation and play pivotal roles within our interdisciplinary teams. Some will move into leadership positions or continue to excel at the bedside.

If an experienced nurse decides to pursue a new specialty area, we offer excellent support, including Shadow Days to explore nursing options and Nurse Internships that provide comprehensive training for the new specialty area.

Sibley nurses are encouraged to design a career path that matches their interests and skills, whether at the bedside (such as Specialty Certification) or in administration (CNO, Nurse Director, etc.).

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