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What is a Nurse Residency Program?

  • Nurse residency programs (NRP) assist and support new-to-practice nurses transitioning from the role of student to professional nurse.
  • NRPs increase new nurse's confidence, competence, clinical decision-making skills, and retention.
  • NRPs are a year-long program that consists of hands on learning experiences with support and mentorship from Nursing Professional Development Specialists.

Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative

All member hospitals use the proprietary, standardized, 1-year NRP curriculum developed by Vizient and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to help new nurses transition successfully into today's highly complex healthcare environment.

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Dr. Joan Warren, Executive Director Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders / Nurse Residency Collaborative (MONL, Inc./MNRC):

Dr. Joan Warren
Maryland nursing leaders face projected long-term severe workforce shortages and new training needs for graduating nurses. The Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders, Inc., Maryland Nurse Residency Collaborative, established in 2013 offers a standardized residency curriculum to all new hospital-based nurses. Facilitating the re-entry of nursing students into hospital settings, creating a curriculum to support graduating nurses new to the workforce, and partnering with academicians to help with stress management and resiliency are a few ways this organization strives to retain and develop new nurses.

Dr. Joan Warren


Teena Milligan, MSN, RN Instructor of Nursing at Salisbury University:

Teena Milligan
As a nurse educator who also still practices at the bedside, a nurse residency program is a great program that supports new nurses' transition into the nursing profession. This type of program helps new nurses improve their clinical skills to become competent nurses. I wish they had this type of program when I was a new graduate nurse.

Teena Milligan





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