Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine outcomes from 10 years of research on a post-baccalaureate new graduate nurse residency program and to report lessons learned.
Background: Transition to practice programs are recommended by the Future of Nursing report, the Carnegie Foundation study, the Joint Commission, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Methods: Data from new graduate residents who participated in the University HealthSystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing residency from 2002 through 2012 are presented. Analysis of variance results from the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Scale and outcomes from the graduate nurse program evaluation instrument are provided.
Results: Retention rates for new graduates in the residency increased considerably in the participating hospitals. Residents' perception of their ability to organize and prioritize their work, communicate, and provide clinical leadership showed statistically significant increases over the 1-year program.
Conclusion: The recommendations for new graduate nurse residency programs are supported by the findings.