RN residency program overview

Description

The Nurse Residency program is an evidence-based platform which has been implemented to support registered nurses with less than one year of nursing experience as they transition into the role of a professional nurse. Course content and curriculum is based upon recommendations of the National League of Nursing (NLN), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Association (ANA), and various peer-reviewed articles. The residency is then tailored specifically to the culture of Salem Health.

Format

The Nurse Residency program is a formal 6 month professional development course. It begins with initial orientation and training, and proceeds to monthly cohort meetings. These meetings are 3.5 hours in length with varied topics geared toward the high-level professional development of an entry-level registered nurse.

Examples of content

  • Transition to practice
  • Delegation
  • Time management
  • Legal issues in nursing
  • Communication
  • Pain management
  • Diabetes
  • Critical thinking case studies 

Outcome

Since its inception in 2012, the Nurse Residency Program, provides support and structure to the new employer acclimation period. The following graph shows the new graduate nurse retention over time.

Retention Graph 2018.03.27

Next steps

For more residency information and application instructions, check out the RN Residency Opportunity page of Salem Health's Careers site.

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