Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Faculty Chair

Dr. Rachel Wooten


Healthcare settings are facing a major challenge in recruiting nurses in this demanding field. Nurse residency programs are designed to assist new graduate registered nurses with their transition to nursing practice. The nurse residency program assists new graduate nurses to develop their nursing skills, enhance their overall performance, and decrease turnover rate.

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Veteran Affair Medical Center’s ability to retain new graduate nurses after attending a new graduate residency program.

Design Methods: This study is a retrospective pre-test and post-test design of the impact of the new graduate residency program on turnover. The sample includes the newly licensed registered nurse hired between June 2020 and June 2021 in the Medical Intensive Care Units (MICU), Coronary Care Unit (CCU), and Surgical Intensive Care Units (SICU).

Conclusion: This study demonstrates the importance of the newly graduate nurse residency program in decreasing turnover and retention reduction rate.

Implications for Nursing: The residency program provides the newly graduated nurse with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a successful transition to nursing practice and to deliver safe, quality patient care.

Keywords: nurse residency program, transition, retention, nursing turnover

Included in

Nursing Commons



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