Are you a nursing student interested in further education before beginning your professional career? Do you want to gain more research experience and clinical leadership in patient care? Do you want to increase your marketability by transitioning from an entry-level beginner nurse to a competent, experienced professional nurse? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a nursing residence program might be the next step for you!
In an effort to enhance the expertise of the nursing workforce and reduce practice errors, nursing residency programs are built on evidence-based curriculums that meet national residency standards. These programs are typically six months to one year long, and use a series of learning and professional experience to support the transition of graduate nurses into experienced professionals with effective decision-making skills and clinical leadership at the point of patient care.
These residency programs show a retention rate of 94.3% of all residency nurses for the first year of employment. In addition, data shows that these participants reflect strong improvement and growth in confidence, competence, ability to organize and prioritize, communication, leadership, and a reduction in stress levels.
To learn more about nursing residency programs, visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website. For complete list of all the hospitals and schools of nursing that offer residency programs, click here.
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