From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 26, 2012

Editor’s note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Resources for developing a nurse residency program

I am frequently involved in discussions about the development of nurse residency programs. There are few resources available, however, that actually help the nursing professional development (NPD) specialist to develop a nurse residency program and calculate its ROI. Therefore, I was very pleased to find a resource that actually does both. I recently attended a convention where Jim Hansen, MSN, RN-BC presented on this topic. His presentation was based on his recent publication Nurse Residency Program Builder: Tools for a Successful New Graduate Program. After obtaining a copy of this book I thought it might be helpful if I shared this and several other resources that should be of help as you develop (or think about developing) your own residency program.

Dracup, K., & Morris, P. E. (2007). Nurse residency programs: Preparing for the next shift. American Journal of Critical Care, 16(4), 328-330.

Halfer, D., & Kramer, M. (2012). Impact of healthy work environments and multistage nurse residency programs on retention of newly licensed RNs. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(3), 148-159.

Hansen, J. (2011). Nurse Residency Program Builder: Tools for a Successful New Graduate Program . Danvers, MA: HCPro.

Kramer, M., et al. (2012). The organizational transformative power of nurse residency programs. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 36(2), 155-168.

Meyer, M., & Felzer, H. M. (2012). Predictors of new graduate nurses’ organizational commitment during a nurse residency program. The Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28(3), 108-119.

Setter, R., et al. (2011). Nurse residency graduates’ commitment to their first positions. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 27(2), 58-64.

University of Pennsylvania Career Services. Guide to hospital nursing residency programs for new BSNs.

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