The term new grad now seems to be a subclass of nurses, compared to experienced nurses. Is there an awareness campaign to promote the creation of nurse residencies?
Dear Donna replies:
There are a growing number of nurse residency programs (acute care focused) across the country, and clearly more are needed. I hope some eventually will be designed for nonhospital positions, too, such as public health, long-term care, psych and other settings. But as long as the job market for new nurses remains tight, I doubt many more programs will appear.
However, the hospital job market may open up significantly in the next few years, and I suspect we will see more residency programs then. You may find the Nurse Residency Program on the American Association of Colleges of Nursings website interesting (www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/nurse-residency-program). There also are private companies that set up residency programs for hospitals, such as this one (www.versant.org).