This blog post is taken from a recent webinar moderated by HealthStream’s Jill Terry and featured Shanti Gangahdharan, Associate Vice President, Product Management and Lindsay McAlister, Solutions Executive, Clinical Staff Development. The webinar focused on the complex needs of a successful nurse residency program and best practices in supporting that program through assessment, development and validation.
Gangahdharan began laying the foundation by pointing out the importance of a strong nurse residency program, citing statistics that healthcare leaders believe just 10% of new graduate nurses are actually prepared for practice and that 33% of those newly-licensed nurses will leave their jobs within just two years. These two statistics alone can make the case for building a strategy to address education and retention and when combined with the staggering costs associated with nurse turnover, it is easy to see why a nurse residency program could be an attractive solution.
McAlister began by describing HealthStream’s Nurse Residency Program as a comprehensive solution that includes a combination of different course libraries, resources and a support team that comes together to create a comprehensive solution. McAlister went on to point out three unique features of the program.
While the length of the program is also customizable, 12-months is the typical duration. In the case of 12-month programs, McAlister recommends two distinct phases.
Assessment is a critical part of any educational effort and a nurse residency program is no exception. The program includes four assessments. There is a nurse confidence survey, a behavioral assessment referred to as CARES, and the Jane® Knowledge and Critical Thinking Assessments. “Jane® is a patented, award-winning technology that uses artificial intelligence to measure knowledge and identify gaps in knowledge and critical thinking and then builds user-specific competency plans.” said McAlister.
In addition to the assessments, there is comprehensive reporting that will help leaders know anything from basic information about the number of participants in their program to more specific comparisons such as those that will help leaders understand how various cohorts compare to national benchmarks and which schools are providing the strongest residents as well as the identification of specific gaps in knowledge.
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