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J Nurses Staff Dev. 2006 Mar-Apr;22(2):55-62; quiz 63-4.

Nurse residency programs: Redesigning the transition into practice.

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Clinical Education and Development, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.


Two Wisconsin healthcare systems created a common definition and identified the essential components for a model nurse residency program (NRP). This community learning design was based on action learning principles. The results demonstrated improved retention, critical thinking, socialization, ability to manage stress, and problem-solving skills in new graduate nurses. The findings suggest that significant redesign of traditional learning methodology is required to achieve desired goals.

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