Implementing a nurse residency program in a hospital can be a successful plan to improve nurse retention and the quality of patient care. Nurse residency programs allow new graduate nurses to transition into professional practice and gain skills for safe and effective care. Components of the programs include preceptorship, educational seminars, shadowing days, and support from preceptors, educators, and other leadership members. The program also may provide benefits to hospitals, including improved patient outcomes, nurse job satisfaction, and decreased costs associated with reduced turnover. Successful implementation needs leadership, collaboration, and communication among all stakeholders, including the staff nurses, preceptors, educators, and managers. The evaluation methods with continuous feedback can allow staff to ensure that the program meets the needs of the new graduate nurses and the hospital. Overall, implementing a nurse residency program can be a positive investment for hospitals looking to improve retention rates and provide a supportive environment for new graduate nurses.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters of Science in Nursing Administration
Conrad, Jessica, "The Implementation of a Nurse Residency Program" (2023). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 241.