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Nurse Residency Programs

Key Components for Sustainability

Chant, Kimberly J. MSN, RN; Westendorf, Denise S. MSN, RN-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: July/August 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 4 - p 185–192
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000560

The purpose of this integrative literature review was to identify commonalities among nurse residency programs deployed for greater than 3 years, showing improved job retention and satisfaction. The Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model guided this review. Successful, sustainable nurse residency programs have a strong foundation with committed leadership to support transition; a structured program with defined outcomes to promote clinical competence, safe patient care, and professional development; and an evaluation process to guide continual improvement and meet organizational needs.

Kimberly J. Chant, MSN, RN, is Coordinator for Nursing Professional Practice, UnityPoint Health Trinity Regional Medical Center, Rock Island, Illinois.

Denise S. Westendorf, MSN, RN-BC, is Associate Professor, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Rock Island, Illinois.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Kimberly J. Chant, HR–Organizational Development, 2701 17th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201 (e-mail:

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Online date: June 13, 2019

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