The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) recommended in its 2011 report The Future of Nursing, Leading Change Advancing Health that residency programs be implemented to help new nurses transition into practice. Quality nurse residency programs have been linked to increased retention and quality of care.

In light of this recommendation, NJCCN researchers Dr. Edna Cadmus and Dr. Teri Wurmser conducted a study to identify and evaluate the nurse residency programs in New Jersey’s acute care facilities. Through this research, they identified a need for greater consistency in the quality, content, and structure of the programs.

To meet this need, NJCCN created the New Jersey Nurse Residency Collaborative. This joint endeavor will implement the nationally acclaimed Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program (NRP) as a standardized nurse residency to enhance new nurse retention and patient safety. The first cohort to enter the collaborative includes 19 acute care facilities from across New Jersey. These trailblazers will lay the groundwork for the NRP’s expansion in years to come.

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