Thesis Committee Member(s)
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Thesis - Open Access
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The purpose of this DNP Capstone Project was to explore if participation in a Nurse Residency Program would positively impact the retention rate of the new graduate nurse population, during the initial year of clinical practice in the academic medical center care setting. The goals of the project were to successfully implement a Nurse Residency Program in the academic medical center practice setting, to measure participant satisfaction with the level of support the program would provide during the initial year of practice, and increase the first year retention rate for this population of nurses. This was accomplished by examining data from Human Resources for retention and by analyzing the responses of a summative evaluation provided to the retained RNs, one year post-program completion. Results for the initial Nurse Residency Program participants demonstrated a 93.33% retention rate for this population of new graduate RNs. Quantitative analysis of the survey responses demonstrated a close association between the perceived support experienced by these clinicians during their Residency program participation and the retention of these nurses, one year post-program completion.
Date of Award
© Cathern Velasquez
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Velasquez, Cathern S., "Impact of a Nurse Residency Program On First-Year Retention Rates for New Graduate Nurses" (2012). All Regis University Theses. 171.