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Laying the Foundation for an Engaging Nurse Residency Program

Whether building a nurse residency program from scratch or continuing to develop an existing program, having the proper foundation is important. What are the must haves for a successful program?

Content Must-Haves

The American Nurse Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP) has established domains which should serve as the foundation for any nurse residency program’s content. Regardless of whether or not your organization is on a Magnet journey, including these domains is foundational to any transition to practice program:

  • Program Leadership
  • Organizational Enculturation
  • Development and Design
  • Practice-Based Learning
  • Professional Development
  • Quality Outcomes

Support Must-Haves

An often-neglected consideration in nurse residency programs is support for preceptors. HealthStream’s Nurse Residency Solution supports preceptors in essentially the same way that it supports new graduates or transitioning nurses. Preceptors are essential for the success of an excellent residency program, and assessment and education is important for them too.

HealthStream’s Nurse Residency Solution includes Preceptor Pathways. Preceptor Pathways includes all of the components necessary to deliver an evidence-based program of development for preceptors. This includes courseware, clinical lectures, evaluation tools, and a final exam. Successful completion of each course requires that the preceptor receive an 80% or higher score on the associated post-test. In addition, the Preceptor Checklists are a set of competency checklists focused on the essential competencies that every preceptor should master to ensure readiness for their roles. HealthStream’s award winning Preceptor Development Program is the only Preceptor Program recognized by the ANCC.

Specialty Track Must-Haves

Nurse residency programs are good at addressing competency for new nurses heading to med-surg floors, but content that would help new graduates or transitioning nurses move into other specialty care is often absent.

HealthStream’s program includes a wide variety of specialty tracks that have both competency assessments and courseware. In fact, there are more than 40 specialty certification programs to support career advancement and nurses wishing to transition to different specialties. Individualized development programs have been developed for this program that are unique to both the nurse and the specialty standards of practice.

Building a Culture (and Community) of Lifelong Learners

Training that is customized to the learner is critical, but your work is not necessarily done if you really want to create a lifelong learner. Nurses using HealthStream’s Nurse Residency tools will be able to: learn theory and best practices via interactive e-learning, apply that learning via on-screen simulations, and stay in touch with the latest evidence-based best practices.

Every generation has a unique learning style. Millennials and Gen Z’ers, as well as older staff members benefit from a sense of community. HealthStream’s Nurse Residency offers a private residency community that is designed to support new nurses with everything from schedules and announcements to document sharing and discussion boards. There is also a community of practice and template library that helps residency program leaders stay in touch with thought leadership on program leadership issues and also supports them with training.

Meaningful Reporting and Record Keeping

HealthStream’s Nurse Residency tools provides great assessments at the individual level that form the basis for a prescriptive and customized learning plan, and the tool also provides record keeping on continuing education and allows for document uploads of diplomas and other certifications. It also tracks individual professional development thanks to the large number of specialty tracks.

Leaders needing a higher-level view of training progress can build a report aggregating reporting by specialty and organization and can also choose individual and educational level drill-down reports.

Since culture plays a significant role in the success of any Nurse Residency program, our resources are molded around your organization’s DNA, boosting your reputation as an employer of choice.

Click here to find out how our proven Nurse Residency tools can help you sustainably reduce nursing turnover.

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