NJ Action Coalition Advances Nurse Residency Programs
Included within the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report recommendation to increase the number of registered and advance practice nurses is a call to promote seamless academic progression through transitional nurse residency programs. It was determined that new nurses, upon the start of their careers or when transitioning into new clinical practice areas, would greatly benefit from the opportunity to combine their education with equally important holistic interventions of patient and family community care. The New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC), led by Pillar 2, strongly agrees, and as the result of $1.6 million in funding from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is well on its way in developing the first residency program of its kind in the long-term care environment.
Student nurses do not get exposure to the many complexities involved in long-term care (LTC). To date, 22 nursing homes, out of a 25 goal, have agreed to provide new nurses hired within the last 12 months with the opportunity to participate in the NJAC residency program. A portion of the program includes preceptors. The programs will focus on quality and safety using evidenced-based care, core knowledge, skills and attitudes in relating to older adults, as well as preceptor education. Included in the initiative is a drive to develop partnerships between the educational and LTC practice settings and increased recruitment of new RN graduates.
The program will begin in the late spring of 2014 and is funded for three years. Curriculum criteria is based on the Future of Nurses Core Competencies© model. Rutgers University, Nursing in Newark will take the lead in overall management of the funds. Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, NJAC co-lead and clinical professor and special director at Rutgers School of Nursing and Susan Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, a member of the NJAC and dean and professor at Rutgers School of Nursing, will lead the project.
APRN Residency Program
In addition to the LTC residency program, NJAC Pillar 2 has created a curriculum outline for an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) residency program and is reaching out to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and the NJ Primary Care Association. The goal is to create a 6-month program focused on specialty student work in conjunction with mentored and independent practice. Once a business model is developed, the Coalition Pillar will look for grant and federal funding opportunities.
“Our goal,” says Sue Salmond, NJAC Pillar 2 Co-Chair, “is to help new nurses better connect the patient as part of the family and community. We believe this will foster reflection, exploration and a more confident, seamless transition for new nurses.”
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|by New Jersey Action Coalition | April 15, 2014|