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Long-term Outcomes of a Postbaccalaureate Nurse Residency Program: A Pilot Study

Fiedler, Ruth EdD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE; Read, Emily S. DNP, MPH, RN-BC; Lane, Kelly A. MS, FNP-BC; Hicks, Frank D. PhD, RN; Jegier, Briana J. PhD

doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000092

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.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Fiedler) and Assistant Dean for Generalist Education and Professor (Dr Hicks), College of Nursing, Rush University; and Manager, Professional Nursing Practice/Educator Quality Coordinator (Dr Read), Medical Center, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois; School Health Professional (Ms Lane), Hong Kong; and Assistant Professor (Dr Jegier), The College at Brockport, New York.

Funding was received from the Center for Clinical Research & Scholarship, Rush University Medical Center and Rush University College of Nursing, is gratefully acknowledged.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Fiedler, Rush University, 600 S Paulina St, Ste 1056A, Chicago, IL 60612 (

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