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Nurse Residency Programs Pay For Themselves

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010

Hansen says new graduate nurses often fall short on communication and leadership skills, "so hospitals have to pick up the slack." Residency programs can fill in the gaps by teaching new nurses how to:

  • Interact with peers and other professionals
  • Lead clinical conferences or rounds
  • Think critically
  • Grow professionally

They can also contribute to professional development by helping new nurses gain an understanding of research and evidence-based practice so they can apply it at the bedside, which is crucial for hospitals' ongoing efforts to improve clinical outcomes.

Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at
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