UAB Nurse Residency Program
UAB Hospital is taking the initiative to help newly graduated nurses transition to the fast pace hospital work environment. Newly graduated nurses are often overwhelmed by the pace and demands of a hospital work environment and can get discouraged. The Nurse Residency Program is designed specifically to help and guide these new nurses as they leave the educational setting and are faced with the complexities of a hospital setting.
This program is based on national studies that examined the issues related to new graduate nurse transition, retention, and mentoring needs in the first year of employment. National data indicates that turnover rates in sites implementing a nurse residency program were reduced from 50 percent to as low as 11 percent. Residency programs, with an emphasis on the practice setting with preceptor and mentoring support, demonstrate a significant reduction in work environment stress that is known to be a major contributor to high turnover rates within the first 6 to 12 months of employment.
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