First Advisor

Mullen, Patricia

Second Advisor

Gilbert, Marcia

Third Advisor

Berg, Barbara

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Gilbert, Marcia


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

65 pages


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

Summer 2012

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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