Evaluating the Business Case for Nurse Residency Programs

The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends that state boards of nursing, accrediting bodies, the federal government, and health care organizations take actions to support nurses’  completion of a transition-to-practice program (nurse residency) after they have completed a prelicensure or advanced practice degree program or when they are transitioning into new clinical practice areas. This research project will evaluate the University HealthSystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Nurse Residency Program (NRP) to determine the return on investment for nurse residency programs, and the entities to which returns accrue. The NRP provides a standardized curriculum that has proven to support baccalaureate and higher degree graduates, has been evaluated in a ten year study demonstrating positive outcomes, and has been implemented nationwide in hospitals, health care systems, and as a state-wide nurse residency model. The team is led by Cheryl B. Jones, PhD. 

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Nurse residency programs (R3)