By Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN and Katherine Kuren Black, MSN, RN-BC
Developing a nurse residency program in post-acute settings (such as long-term care), may seem like a daunting challenge, but it can be a very valuable initiative. Today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment only increases every provider’s need for astute, highly competent nurses who can meet the needs of patients while working under difficult regulatory and economic conditions.
Out-of-hospital settings, which may have fewer educational resources, will have to be creative and flexible in their approach to a nurse residency program, but the results will be equally effective. Recently published, Developing a Residency in Post-Acute Care (https://www.nursingknowledge.org/developing-a-residency-in-post-acute-care.html) offers guidance on implementing a residency program and detailed lesson plans will be valuable to nurse leaders/educators working with new nurses.
Recommended for all practice settings by the Institute of Medicine (2010), nurse residency programs can attract and retain new graduate nurses. These new professionals bring enthusiasm and current educational preparation in patient-centeredness, evidence-based practice and quality improvement. While they will need to learn to adapt these concepts to a specific practice setting, the foundation was likely imbedded in their nursing curriculum. Combined with facility culture change; opportunities for new graduate growth and engagement; and support for transition-to-practice, new nurses are poised for meaningful practice and eventually leadership. [Read more…]