Trusted by more than 300 hospitals and health systems nationwide, the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ can be customized to meet the unique needs of your organization and has served more than 80,000 nurse residents. This nurse residency program (NRP) helps new nurses develop their skills through an individualized development plan, and teaches them how to bring research-based evidence into practice, helping our members improve patient outcomes.


First-year nurse retention rate, far exceeding the 82% national average (This number is a 7-year average​)

Improve retention of new nurses

Leslie Norman, chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, discusses how the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ gave new nurse graduates a better transition into the hospital environment, led to a higher nurse retention rate and sparked an evidence-based practice movement within the health care organization.

In today’s value-driven health care environment, access to proven resources and performance management data to maximize your care team’s performance and reduce turnover is more important than ever. A 10-year panel study of new nurses found that 17.5 percent quit within their first year.1

Through the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™, we deliver the industry’s most trusted and timely insights to help you manage and align your care teams for high quality, efficient patient care. Developed jointly by Vizient™ and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Nurse Residency Program (NRP) is a data-driven solution that allows participating organizations to focus on retaining new nurses by offering a widely accepted curriculum, the ability to benchmark performance against that of select peers, and opportunities to network with others in the NRP.

The NRP is designed to support new graduate nurses as they make the successful transition to competent professionals by:

  • Using effective decision making skills
  • Providing clinical nursing leadership at the point of care
  • Incorporating research-based evidence into practice
  • Strengthening professional commitment to nursing
  • Formulating an individual development plan

The NRP developed evidence-based curriculum that meets national residency accreditation standards. The curriculum includes sections on leadership, professional roles and quality outcomes, as well as a chapter specifically around nursing in ambulatory care environments. The residents learn the curriculum through monthly seminars and group discussion.

An integral component of the NRP is the evidence-based practice project (EBPP). All residents are required to complete an EBPP during their residency, which supports the development of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. The projects are presented at the end of the residency and can be submitted for a poster or podium presentation at the NRP Annual Meeting.

Participating organizations receive an annual outcomes report, as well as benchmarking reports. Benchmarking reports are used to enhance the ability of NRP sites to compare their results to others in the program while the outcomes report examines the impact of the program on its graduates, and to some extent, the impact of the program on the institution.

Source: 1. Newly licensed registered nurses: facts and figures. RN Work Project website. Accessed March 7, 2017.

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