The Importance Of Nursing Residency Programs

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This articles talks about the importance of nursing residency programs. It is estimated that the number of experienced registered nurses will decline for the future, making new nurses graduates the only available solution for this shortage. The 2004 registered nurse sample survey reported that 55 % of RNs will retire between 2011 and 2020. Nurses graduated at the baccalaureate level seems to be the target for hospitals since nurses at this level of education have stronger backgrounds in different areas such as leadership, research informatics evidenced based practice and critical thinking skills.
With the increases of chronic conditions and disabilities today patients’ need more specialized acute care, which in turn requires well prepared
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Nursing residency programs are considers to be “provided operated” meaning that the hospital is directly responsible for the curriculum, training cost and administration of the program. This is a challenged for most hospitals because they lack the budget to run these programs. The cost for one of the clinical sites for the UHC/AACN residency program was calculated, it showed that the total cost for 48 residents was 93,100 and the cost per resident was 2,023.91$. The following factors were include in the total cost refreshment, material cost, faculty fees and UHC training …show more content…
After 3 months of the program residents showed increased confidence in their skills, critical thinking abilities and leadership skills the majority reported being comfortable communicating with the team members as well as patients and families. By 6 months a decline in scores was observed, it was concluded that the 6 month time frame is a tough time for residents-“a reality shock”. A turnover rate of 12 % was observed.
It was concluded that nursing residency programs are successful. By the end of the program resident showed increased improvement in their skills and in their abilities to organize and prioritize their work. Stress scores decreased and their confidence in the clinical setting increased.
The UHC and AACN has pushed the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to develop standards for accrediting post baccalaureate nurse residency programs. These standards were sent and were approved by CCNE’s Board of Directors. By 2009 hospitals and its school of nursing were permitted to apply to have their residency programs accredited.
Since the cost of this programs are extremetely high, the help of the Centers of medicare and Medicaid is

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