Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

What We Have Learned from a Model Nurse Residency Program: Ideas for Linking Service and Education

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

What We Have Learned from a Model Nurse Residency Program: Ideas for Linking Service and Education

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Despite the preparation they receive during their nursing education, newly graduated RNs often find the work environment challenging. These new nurses benefit from a nurse residency program (NRP) to transition into the role of professional nurse and leader at the bedside.

The NRP in our hospital supplements the nursing orientation we offer. The specific aims of the NYP Nurse Residency Program are to develop critical thinking skills in new RNs; improve their organizational ability and technical skills; encourage the use of outcome data to promote patient safety; and support new graduates in their transition to autonomous practice while strengthening their commitment to lifelong learning. An essential goal is to enhance the commitment of these new RNs to nursing as profession.

A supportive learning environment during the transition phase reduces turnover, with a direct impact on the quality of patient care and the fiscal stability of the institution. Statistics show that the turnover for new graduates is between 35 percent and 55 percent. Since the inception of our NRP, our turnover rate has been less than 2 percent, with each position retained representing a savings of $f00,000 or more. This result, factored in with the benefits of having a stable workforce, presents a compelling case for developing an NRP.

We survey our nurse residents quarterly during their first year of practice. Results indicate that over the last several years, the needs identified in these surveys have changed very little. There continues to be a preoccupation among residents with skill mastery.

Our residents express concern about their ability to recognize a change in the patient's condition and intervening appropriately. They are also concerned about delegation, conflict resolution, and time management, issues that are addressed in monthly meetings where members of the cohort share and discuss their experiences. …

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