Defense Date


Graduation Date

Summer 8-5-2023

Submission Type

DNP Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program


School of Nursing

Faculty Mentor

Manjulata Evatt


nurse residency programs, nurse retention, nurse turnover, new graduate registered nurse


Healthcare organizations continue to face challenges in the retention of new graduate registered nurses (NGRNs) within the first year of hire. Accredited nurse residency programs are designed to provide support to NGRNs and help make the transition from student to graduate nurse by developing their knowledge and skills. This project evaluates a nurse residency program at a rural, community hospital. The project aims to analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the program outcomes as it relates to nurse retention, turnover, and job satisfaction. The sample includes 94 new graduate registered nurses that were part of the yearlong residency program from March 2018-September 2022. This project demonstrated the importance of accredited nurse residency programs in decreasing nurse turnover and increasing nurse retention and job satisfaction. The nurse residency program provides the NGRNs with the confidence and skills they need to provide patients with safe, high quality care by increasing their confidence and performance in this new role, the NGRNs will have increased job satisfaction, and therefore nurse retention will increase, and turnover will decrease.



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