New MD nurse residency collaborative helps those in 1st year transition to professional roles: Nurse.Com

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(1/28/14)   Nurse-graduates at more than a dozen Maryland hospitals are learning how to strengthen bedside care, reduce work-related stress and develop leadership skills in a new statewide residency joint effort.

Maryland is the second state to create a nurse residency collaborative to help first-year nurses transition into professional roles. Hawaii was the first state to do so in 2011.... more

by Mary Ann Hill | February 12, 2014

Tags: leadership, practice, maryland

Lucia Alfano

Hello Mary Ann, I am Lucia Alfano form the NYS action coalition. I am so happy to hear about the residency programs happening in Maryland. I plan to learn more, to help us implement this in NY in the near future. Keep up the great work!
Posted on: February 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Cindy Puzio

Hi Mary Ann, The statewide residency program in Maryland sounds like a great idea. I would love to see something like this happen in my hometown state of New Jersey. I will be graduating from a BSN program this August and am very nervous about the transition from student to professional. It seems like we will have to just dive right into the deep end after taking the NCLEX as we begin our first jobs as nurses. This program has great benefits though in improving work environments and patient care. I was also not surprised to see that the turnover rate decreased significantly because of this effort. This saves the employee and employer a lot of training time and money. Confidence cannot be taught through a BSN program since this is acquired through work experiences and practice. This program mentors new nurses to help feel satisfied and more successful in their new career. I hope that more hospitals in Maryland participate in this residency program. I also hope to see this program spread into New Jersey to help new nurses transition smoothly and gain confidence in themselves. I know that I would definitely want to be a part of that. Thank you for sharing this story.
Posted on: March 18, 2014, 2:29 pm

Kristen Fitzgerald

Hello Mary Ann, I found your article very interesting and informative as I was previously unaware of nurse residency programs. I am currently in an accelerated BSN program and due to the time commitment many students are frequently discussing their feelings of insecurity within the hospital walls. Some students do not have any previous experience in hospitals and find it difficult to gain a level of comfort in the new setting within a small amount of time. Reading this article prompted me to research some of the nurse residency programs in Maryland and I think I may find myself continuing to research the programs and possibly applying upon finishing the program. I definitely support the idea of improving leadership skills, the work environment, and decreasing work related stress. I think the promotion of nurse residency programs would definitely interest a significant amount of new graduates. Just as you mentioned, many new nurses are coming out of school feeling unsure and are given jobs that can be overwhelming in turn lowering their confidence in the profession as a whole. I think these programs can create a sense of comfort and open communication between newly hired nurses and their co-workers, which will open the learning environment. Gaining confidence while providing healthcare is extremely important and knowing you have a team behind you to rely on will facilitate that. I personally hope the nurse residency programs continue to be successful and expand to other states to improve both the wellbeing of new nurses and their patients. Thank you for the informative article!
Posted on: April 7, 2014, 4:08 pm


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