Evaluation of Nurse Residency Program: It Leads to Higher Job Satisfaction and Less Turnover

Evaluation of a nursing post-baccalaureate residency program
    • November 23, 2005

The purpose of this project was to refine and implement an evaluation of the nurse residency program sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the University HealthSystem Consortium. The nurse residency program is a one-year program designed to support bachelor-degree nurses as they transition into their first professional positions.

Key Findings

  • Among the preliminary findings from the evaluation:

    • Nurse residency program graduates expressed greater confidence, competence and mastery of their jobs over the course of the residency program.
    • Nurse residency program graduates remained in their jobs for one year at significantly higher rates than did other first-year nurses nationally.