Effectiveness of a Nurse Residency Program in Preparing New Graduate Registered Nurses for Interprofessional Teamwork in Inpatient Care
Advisor:Gottesman, Mary Margaret
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Document Projects
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to determine if a residency program for new graduate nurses was effective in improving nurse manager and experienced staff nurse satisfaction on 36 measures of nurse performance competence. Of particular interest was a subset of item ratings representing Interprofessional Collaboration. Project Design: This was a cross-sectional survey design. It compared University Hospitals nurse managers’ and staff nurses’ ratings on the Nursing Practice Readiness Tool to national benchmark data obtained from a study done in 2007 prior to the implementation of residencies. Setting: University Hospitals of Cleveland is a non-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center integrating clinical care with research and education. Sample: There were approximately 800 to 1000 potential participants, which included nursing leaders and staff nurses from all inpatient units at University Hospitals of Cleveland. For this study, a new graduate was defined as a registered nurse with one year or less of experience. Measures: The Nurse Executive Center’s Nursing Practice Readiness Tool was administered to eligible participants volunteering for the study. Demographic data as well as satisfaction ratings on 36 competencies deemed necessary for practice were obtained. Data Analysis: Demographic data were reported as a range, median, mode, and percentage. Respondents were grouped by years of experience and mangers versus staff nurses. Satisfaction scores in each competency were calculated using percentages and compared to nationwide benchmark data obtained from a large study conducted in 2007 using the same tool. Findings: Managers, experienced nurses, and new graduate nurses varied in their satisfaction ratings on performance competencies by new graduate nurses. The results showed interprofessional communication is a competency in need of improvement.