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Nurse Residency Programs and the Transition to Child Health Nursing Practice

Delack, Sandi MEd, RN, NCSN; Martin, Jean PhD, RN, CPNP; McCarthy, Ann Marie PhD, RN, FNASN, FAAN; Sperhac, Arlene M. PhD, CPNP, FAAN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2015 - Volume 45 - Issue 6 - p 345–350
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000210

Nurse residency programs for newly licensed RNs are a critical component in bridging the clinical practice gap between education and practice. In May 2013, the Institute of Pediatric Nursing invited leaders from pediatric nursing organizations and children’s hospitals to attend a forum on nurse residency programs for pediatric nurses. This article presents a summary of the discussions that occurred during the forum and makes recommendations for addressing issues related to nurse residency programs.

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Author Affiliations: Health Services Coordinator (Ms Delack), Johnston Public Schools, Rhode Island; Associate Professor Emeritus (Dr Martin), Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan; Professor (Dr McCarthy), The University of Iowa; Professor Emeritus (Dr Sperhac), Rush University, Chicago, Illinois.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr McCarthy, College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, 50 Newton Rd, Rm 404 CNB, Iowa City, IA 52242 (

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