Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Catherine Garner

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Cheryl Green

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Christina Ryan


The organization that served as the study site for this project has two nurse residency programs that compete for resource allocation, space, informational materials, and human resources. The DNP project was conducted to combine the programs to eliminate waste and ensure the combined program met the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education standards for accreditation of entry-to-practice nurse residency programs. A literature review was used to evaluate practice themes for a formal residency program, and Benner’s novice to expert theory was chosen to guide the program development. A team of nurse educators and managers met via teleconferencing to review the curricula of both programs and compare these to the best practice literature. The teams met over several weeks and achieved consensus on the structure and process for a single best practice nurse residency program. The project had the potential to provide a developmental framework for advanced practice residency and interprofessional trainee programs. Aligning the two programs assured best evidence-based practice and conservation of resources. The goal was to improve new graduate retention within an extensive federal system. Keywords: new nurse satisfaction, BSN residency program recruitment and retention, baccalaureate nurse satisfaction, new nurse shortage, new nurse satisfaction, nurse turnover

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