Nurse residency programs are important tools to improve retention of new graduate nurses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an institutionally developed nurse residency program. Data on 20 cohorts (N = 241) of graduate nurses and best practices for residency programs were examined. Strategies to improve this nurse residency program were identified. Data showed a critical loss of new graduate nurses between Years 1 and 2 of employment.
Seema Pillai, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is Central Nurse Educator and GEMS Coordinator in Nursing Professional Development, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut.
Nancy N. Manister, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC, is Associate Professor and Director of the CEIN/BS Program, University of Connecticut, Storrs, and Nursing Research Consultant, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut.
Mary T. Coppolo, RN, APRN, is Staff RN, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut.
Maryanne S. Ducey, DC, RN, is Staff RN, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut.
Janet McManus-Penzero, BSN, RN, ONC, is Staff RN, Stamford Hospital, Connecticut.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
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