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A Nurse Practitioner Residency Pilot Program: A Journey of Learning

Goudreau, Kelly A. DSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Ortman, Maria Idelsi MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Moore, Jean D. MN, RN; Aldredge, Lakshi MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Helland, Mary K. MSN, RN; Fernandes, Laurie A. BSN, RN; Gibson, Steve MD

Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 9 - pp 382-387
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31822a7315

A collaborative team developed a yearlong residency experience for a staff nurse transitioning to a nurse practitioner role in the Veterans Affairs system. To assist others desiring to provide support, networking, and infrastructure to those transitioning into new roles, the authors discuss strengths and weaknesses of the pilot and lessons learned related to defining trainee versus resident, credentialing and privileging, and specific mentoring needed for the role of the nurse practitioner.

Author Affiliations: Designated Learning/Education Officer (Dr Goudreau), Preoperative Clinic Nurse Practitioner (Ms Ortman), Director of Nursing Primary Care Division (Ms Moore), Lead Nurse Practitioner (Ms Aldredge), Administrative Director of Hospital & Specialty Medicine (Ms Helland), Nursing Director of Operative Care Division (Ms Fernandes), Chair of the Clinical Board for Primary Care, Group Practice Manager for the North Coast and Hillsboro Clinics (Dr Gibson), Portland VA Medical Center, Oregon.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Goudreau, Portland VAMC, P2EDUC, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239 (

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