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New Graduate Nurse Residency: A Network Approach

Little, Jeanette P. DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Ditmer, Dianne PhD, RN, CFN, CRM, CMI-III, SANE, DABFN, FACFE; Bashaw, Marie A. DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR

Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 6 - p 361–366
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182942c06

Newly graduated RNs are the workforce of the future. The complex healthcare environment makes the transition from new graduate to competent RN challenging. A structured support system is essential to smooth the transition process. Nursing residency programs are well established in the literature as a mechanism of support. This article describes the implementation of a system-level new-graduate nurse residency across multiple facilities.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Nurse Manger (Dr Little); Manager of Nursing Performance Excellence and Nurse Residency Program (Dr Ditmer), Kettering Medical Center, Kettering; and Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director Master’s Nursing Administration Program (Dr Bashaw), Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Little, Kettering Medical Center, 3535 Southern Blvd, Dayton, OH 45429 (

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