UHC/AACN Nursing Residency Program began in 2002, is a series of learning and work experiences designed to support the graduate nurses as they transition into their first professional position in a direct care role in the acute care setting of our academic Medical Center.
The program leaders have a wealth of professional practice experience offering support to all residents working in the various specialties.
The program accepts nurses into the comprehensive adult training program who have graduated from a BSN or MSN program accredited by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Lisa Muniz, MSN, MBA, RN with over 20 years nursing experience in various in-patient and out-patient settings. She started her career in pediatric medicine, moved to adult Intensive Care Unit, worked as a recovery room RN in an outpatient surgery center and devoted several years to the Department of Public Health working on a homeless van in the local community. Wanting a change from primary care to acute care, Lisa went to work in an Emergency Department where she was a staff nurse for three years becoming the Nursing Educator for both the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. Over the years, she has been involved in several process improvement projects, worked on the standardization of orientation, simulation and staff development.
Mary Lough PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS is our nationally recognized and awarded Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) providing invaluable guidance with Evidence Based Practice Projects. Throughout Mary’s ICU career, she has been committed to educating and mentoring nurses, advancing and improving patient care and experience, leading multidisciplinary teams and presenting at numerous conferences. One of Mary’s passions is to have multiple Nurse Resident Projects presented at upcoming Magnet Conferences.
James Goyena, MSN RN, HCI-C is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience in both adult critical care and neonatal intensive care units. He has vast experience in education having worked for four years as nursing faculty and as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support Instructor for the past 12 years. James also holds multiple advanced certifications including Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Right and Left Ventricular Assist Device and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy.