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Nurse Residency Programs: Redesigning the transition Into Practice

Herdrich, Bob MS, RN; Lindsay, Aindrea MS, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD: March/April 2006 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - pp 55-62
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Two Wisconsin healthcare systems created a common definition and identified the essential components for a model nurse residency program (NRP). This community learning design was based on action learning principles. The results demonstrated improved retention, critical thinking, socialization, ability to manage stress, and problem-solving skills in new graduate nurses. The findings suggest that significant redesign of traditional learning methodology is required to achieve desired goals.

The authors describe the components for a model nurse residency program.

Bob Herdrich, MS, RN, is Regional Director, Clinical Education and Development, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Aindrea Lindsay, MS, RN, is Director, Clinical Education and Development, St. Michael Hospital, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Bob Herdrich, 400 West River Woods Parkway Suite 3WF26 Milwaukee, WI 53217 (e-mail: rjherdrich@covhealth.org).

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.