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Nurse Leaders’ Perceptions of the Value of a Nurse Residency Program

Linus, Rita M. MSN, RN-BC; Reeder, Sara J. PhD, RN; Bradley, Patricia K. PhD, RN, FAAN; Polis, Nikki S. PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: May/June 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 117–121
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000062

The benefits of nurse residency programs are well documented from the perspective of the nurse resident. To justify the resource investments of time and money, effectiveness and value for all stakeholders must be measured. The purpose of this study was to examine nurse leaders’ perceptions of effectiveness and return on investment of a nurse residency program. The investigators found that hospitals may experience a return on investment and nurses’ enculturation occurred more quickly.

Rita M. Linus, MSN, RN-BC, is Interim Director of Nursing Education and Competency, Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Sara J. Reeder, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, Villanova University, Pennsylvania.

Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Associate Professor, Villanova University, Pennsylvania.

Nikki S. Polis, PhD, RN, is Chief Nurse Executive, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tennessee.

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: Rita M. Linus, MSN, RN-BC, Main Line Health, 1st Floor Gerhard Building, 130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (e-mail:

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