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Limitations:The new graduate were chosen from two cohorts in 2008. Nurse managers that were selected as mentors where from top performing. No given number of new graduates that were hired, was up to the nurse manger. Not much data was given based on the new graduates that were hired and placed in the pilot program. Nursing implications: Nursing residency programs are not going to quickly fix the nursing turnover rate or skill building (Welding, 2011). It will take time however It does provide them with the tools they need to reach out for assistance so they will have a smooth transition into the nursing career (Welding, 2011).
Critical Appraisal Research Article #2: The impact of a nursing transitions program on retention and cost savings. Research Type: QualitativeFocus:To identify the benefits and evaluate the needed essentials for a residential nursing program. Nursing retention is a professional concern globally and with an attrition rate of 30% to 50% within this group alone(Hillman & Foster, 2011, p. 50-56).Methodology: Evaluation of data from their home residency program along with multiple sources that were measured through out the residency program which included five valid and reliable evaluation tools. Additionally, 1 year post evaluation and focus groups conducted to further assist with data collection. The researchers utilized the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey, Areas of Work life Survey, MBI-GS survey, Conditions of Work Effectiveness Questionnaire and Clinical Decision Making in Nursing Scale (Hillman & Foster, 2011, p. 50-56).
Article 2 Continued:Results: Last 5 years, retention post-residency is 100%. A total of 251 NLRN From 6/2005 through 9/2009, 182 are still employed with the institution where the residency program is located and the study took place. Overall, residency programs proven to be an affective retention tool as well as a mechanism to decrease novice professional stress levels which in turn minimizes burn out and turn over (Hillman & Foster, 2011, p. 50-56). Limitations: The sampling pool is small due to the only residency program studied was where the study took place. The hospitals residency program had time to modify their program and the only data shows the last five years of the residency program. What the attrition rate prior was not fully disclosed.
Article 2 Continued:Nursing Implications: The implication of a Nursing Residency Program has profound affects to the nursing profession. Stress and burn out has plagued the nursing profession since its infancy and to go forward and perpetuate our profession it is important to recognize the affects of stress and attrition within the nursing profession. The implementation and adoption of a nursing residency to minimize stress should be in the forefront and the savings are monumental.