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Graduate Nurse Internship Program: A Formalized Orientation Program

Phillips, Tracy DNP, RN, NE-BC; Hall, Mellisa DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000069
Nurse Residency Programs

The graduate nurse internship program was developed on the basis of Watson’s Human Caring Theory. In this article, the author discusses how an orientation program was formalized into an internship program and how the theory was applied.

Author Information

Tracy Phillips, DNP, RN, NE-BC, is Pulmonary/Telemetry Unit Director, Baptist Health Paducah, Kentucky.

Mellisa Hall, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, is Assistant Professor, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville.

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

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Tracy Phillips, 131 Barnes Drive, Paducah, KY 42003 (e-mail:

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