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Nurse Residency Program for Newly Licensed RNs

Nurse residency poster presentation imageThe Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Nurse Residency Program (NRP) is a 12-month, comprehensive transition-to-practice program, aligned with Vizient/AACN and the JHBMC nursing strategic priorities, to deliver an evidence-based curriculum and facilitate the professional development and socialization of the new graduate nurse.

  • All new graduate nurses with six months or less of nursing experience are automatically enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program when they begin working at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. No additional application or interview is required.

  • For each cohort, the program runs for 12 months. Seminars are held once a month, for four hours.

  • There are four cohort start dates: March, July, September, November. Cohort sizes vary, but typically have 15 to 30 nurses in each.

  • Leadership

    • Conflict Management
    • Communication
    • Delegation
    • Resource management
    • Professional development

    Professional Role

    • Stress management and self-care
    • Cultural competence and sensitivity
    • End of life care
    • Ethics

    Patient Outcomes

    • Time management and prioritization
    • Patient education
    • Patient safety
    • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
    • Facilitate NRP seminar days using adult learning principles and interactive techniques.
    • Provide cohort experience to promote peer and professional socialization.
    • Round on units and meet with nurse residents to provide individualized support.
    • Collaborate with unit leadership and nurse recruitment to optimize the orientation experience.
    • Attend meetings related to nurse residents' progress and challenges.
    • Assist nurse residents in completing evidence-based practice (EBP) initiative project.
  • “In 2002, the Joint Commission recommended the development of nurse residency programs—planned, comprehensive periods of time during which nursing graduates can acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver safe, quality care that meets defined (organization or professional society) standards of practice.”

    IOM Recommendation 3: Implement nurse residency programs. “State boards of nursing, accrediting bodies, the federal government, and health care organizations should take actions to support nurses’ completion of a transition-to-practice program (nurse residency) after they have completed a prelicensure or advanced practice degree program or when they are transitioning into new clinical practice areas.”

    IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. The Future of Nursing: Leading Change,Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

For more information, email Nursing Professional Development Specialist Kim Paul, MS, BSN,RN at  or call 410-550-7611.

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