Friday, August 09, 2013 - STPH Recognizes Nurse Residency Program Graduates

Covington, LA – St. Tammany Parish Hospital is recognizing three registered nurses who recently completed the Nursing Residency Program: Sara A. Epperson, Sam A. Haddad and Shaniqua B. Watson. The residency program was created to offer new graduate nurses the opportunity to build a solid professional foundation through mentoring in the area of skills development, clinical decision making and teamwork.

“This comprehensive 14-week program helps new nursing professionals develop the skills needed to deliver and maintain our philosophy of providing high quality patient care,” said Linda Sanders, RN, department head of education, development and training.

Potential nursing residents complete an application based on several objectives that correlate and reflect the hospital mission. After a thorough interview with each candidate, nurse managers identify the candidates.

The Nursing Residency Program was implemented in 2011 based on several nursing theories and the statistical analysis related to attrition rates and predicted shortages of the bedside nurse offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nurses. Since its inception, 22 nurses have completed this residency program.


 Sara A. Epperson


Sam A. Haddad

  Shaniqua B. Watson

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A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class health care and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding.