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Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Candice Rome


New graduate registered nurse residency programs are being adopted as best practice by many organizations. The purpose of this thesis was to evaluate the effectiveness of two different types of programs implemented at an organization to see which produced the largest amount of retention. One group was hired directly into a nursing unit or area where orientation began. Another group was hired into a practice area and rotated through three different areas prior to being matched to a unit or area and then completing orientation. Dr. Patricia Benner's Novice to Expert Framework was used to guide this study because successful residency programs should expound onto the new graduate registered nurses educational base and should offer a variety of experiences to assist with moving towards the stage of expert nurse. Retention data was collected retrospectively and included 12 months of retention data for the two cohort groups being compared. Comparison of this data showed a 4.5% increase in retention from one to another. Further comparison of this data showed that the difference in length of service at 12 months between these two cohort groups was not statistically significant (p=.285). Further comparisons of independent hospitals and practice areas also showed no statistically significant differences in overall length of service at 12 months.

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