One of the Institute of Medicine's (now the National Academy of Medicine) recommendations that the Pennsylvania Action Coalition addresses is the implementation of nurse residency programs. According to the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011):
"Residency provides a continuing opportunity to apply important knowledge for the purpose of remaining a safe and competent provider in a continuous learning environment."
Nurse residency programs assist in preparing nurses to transition from the role of a student nurse to the role of a professional registered nurse into clinical practice. Evidence shows that completing a nurse residency program provides new nurses with the necessary skill set and knowledge to provide safe, high-quality, patient-focused care.
The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ (NRP), developed by Vizient® and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, supports new graduate nurses as they successfully transition to competent professionals. The Pennsylvania Action Coalition aims to increase the number of health care institutions with the NRP through its strategic partnership with Vizient Inc.