The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report To err is human: Building a safer health system raised the very important concern of patient safety. The ultimate goal of this report was to provide a call-for-action that promoted patient safety at the point-of-delivery (Kohn, Corrigan, & Donaldson, 2000). Registered Nurses (RNs) represent the largest discipline providing and coordinating patient care redesign. The aim of creating safe and quality care would not be possible without the presence of competent nurses. Conversely, new graduate nurses are prone to errors due to lack of transitional support from academics to practice. With the growing shortage of experienced RNs nationally, there is a need to evaluate and promote programs to assist in the transition, retention, and recruitment of competent new nurses. Structured residency programs offer a means to increase the competency of newly graduated RNs. This study performed secondary data analysis of the Versant 18-Week Residency Program to provide evidence of the success of this approach in assisting new nurses in their transition from academia to practice.
|Commitee:||Early, Sean, Hanford, Karen|
|School:||Western University of Health Sciences|
|Department:||College of Graduate Nursing|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Competency, New graduate nurses, Residency, Slater nursing competencies rating scale, Structured programs, Transition|
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