From Policy to Execution: Residency Programs for New Graduate Nurses

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The evidence is substantial, and all new graduate nurses should be offered a residency program as part of their transition into practice. In fact, the state of Maryland adopted legislation to ensure such in May, 2019. The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) recommends a residency program for all new graduate nurses. In the spring of 2019, invited nursing leaders from across the United States met during a “think tank” and discussed essential steps on how to support, execute, and operationalize the recommendations offered by the AAN. In this article, the authors provide a summary of the think tank attended by key opinion leaders and concrete steps to operationalize the future of residency programs in acute care hospitals.