OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to determine what influence a nurse residency program (NRP) has on long-term outcomes including turnover rates, career satisfaction, and leadership development.
BACKGROUND: Studies examining short-term outcomes of NRPs have shown positive effects. Long-term studies of NRPs have not been reported.
METHODS: This descriptive study surveyed former nurse residents, still employed at the facility. Data were collected by means of a demographic tool and the McCloskey/Mueller Satisfaction Scale, a job satisfaction tool.
RESULTS: Although nursing turnover increased past the yearlong residency program, it remained well below the national average. All components of satisfaction were ranked relatively high, but coworker/peer support was most important to job satisfaction. Leadership development in the areas of certification and pursuing an advanced degree increased with longer employment, but hospital committee involvement decreased with successive cohorts.
CONCLUSION: Overall, the long-term outcomes of an NRP appear to have benefits to both the organization and the individual.