Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health II

LVHN Patient Care Services and Division of Education
$247,000 for 5 months

One of the major recommendations in the “Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report called for the implementation of nurse residency programs.

The first phase of this grant, awarded in 2013, was key in launching a nationally branded nurse residency program, known as the Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Nurse Residency Program™. The primary focus of the evidence-based program is to engage new registered nurses as critical thinkers and empower them as leaders. All newly licensed, baccalaureate-prepared LVHN nurses participate in the one-year program.

Core components include establishing a year-long relationship with a masters prepared, experienced RN who functions as facilitator / coach; interactive seminars on engaging topics related to becoming a professional nurse; and completion of an evidence-based practice project. The project immerses the new RN in the process and promotes the incorporation of research-based evidence into practice.

Beyond transition from advanced beginner to competent professional practice, the Nurse Residency Program provides nurses with a culture of support to promote retention, professional commitment, satisfaction, and development. Nurse Residency graduates have initiated practice changes, served in formal authority and preceptor roles, participated on shared government councils, and presented at local and national conferences.

Since the launch, 810 new RNs have graduated or are currently in the Nurse Residency Program. The program has been invaluable in the recruitment of well-qualified BSN graduates in a competitive healthcare environment.

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