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TERN Residency Program: Transitioning the Experienced Registered Nurse

Longo, M. Anne PhD, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC; Young, Deborah MSN, RN-BC, CPN; Jones, Carolon MSN, RN-BC; Shaw, Carol A. MSN, RN-BC; Werner, Ruthanne MSN, MEd, RN-BC; Minor, Donna MSN, RN, CPN; Hoying, Cheryl PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: July/August 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 181–184
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000063
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One pediatric hospital addressed the challenges of registered nurses (RNs) transitioning to new roles by developing a year-long residency for experienced RNs, whether newly hired or transitioning to another role within the hospital. The evidence-based program’s goal is for the participant to demonstrate effective decision-making skills, applying principles into his or her practice at the point of care. Objectives of the program are measured using pre/post tool and through the use of reflective journaling. The article provides a framework to develop an experienced RN residency program that supports transition from competent to proficient in a new work environment.

M. Anne Longo, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC, is Sr. Director, Ctr. for Professional Excellence/Education, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

Deborah Young, MSN, RN-BC, CPN, is Clinical Program Manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

Carolon Jones, MSN, RN-BC, is Education Consultant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

Carol A. Shaw, MSN, RN-BC, is Education Consultant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

Ruthanne Werner, MSN, MEd, RN-BC, is Education Consultant, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

Donna Minor, MSN, RN, CPN, is Care Manager, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

Cheryl Hoying, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, is Sr. Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

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: M. Anne Longo, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (Anne.Longo@cchmc.org).

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