School of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Folashade Odedina


Nurse Residency Programs, Nursing Staff Retention, New Graduates




New nurse graduates account for the largest group entering the profession, but they also have the lowest retention rates among all nursing staff. Due to the nursing shortage, newly licensed nurses undergo a shorter orientation to meet the complex needs of healthcare. Newly licensed nurses often report feelings of unpreparedness, lack of competence, and lack of confidence as they are expected to care for patients with complex needs. In response to the concern over low retention rates and the preparation-practice gap among new graduate nurses, Nurse Residency Programs (NRPs) were implemented. This program further eases the transition from the student role to clinical practice by offering additional training to further support the new nurse graduate’s growth and development, which would ultimately lead to increased retention rates. The purpose of this integrative review is to further examine the influence of nurse residency programs on retention rates among newly graduated nurses. This integrative review will include a synthesized evidence analysis where data was collected using multiple online databases. The collection and analysis of data were included to further determine the influence of NRPs on improving retention rates among new nurse graduates.

Available for download on Thursday, March 21, 2024

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