nurse practitioner 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. 

Key Initiatives

  • Increase the number of hospitals with nurse residency programs: In November 2016 we formally began our collaboration with Vizient, Inc and the PA Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC) was formed. In January 2018 we had 52 hospitals contracted through the PA-NRC. As of January 2019, a total of 79 hospitals were a part of the PA-NRC. We are always signing new hospitals with the goal of bringing the NRP to every hospital across Pennsylvania. 
  • Advance programs throughout Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC) advances residency programs and fosters collaboration among hospitals across PA that participate in the Vizient|AACN Nurse Residency Program.

Vizient NRP Resources

The Pennsylvania Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC)

Through our strategic partnership with Vizient, Inc., hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania are eligible to participate in the Pennsylvania Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC). Benefits of participating in the PA-NRC include: 

  • Access the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program at a discounted rate
  • State-specific resources developed by the PA-NRC
  • Being part of the movement to directly advance a key recommendation of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) to implement nurse residency programs

The Nurse Residency Program (NRP) supports data-driven solutions for new graduate nurses entering into clinical practice. The evidence-based curriculum delivers on three key areas: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional development. NRP helps organizations obtain and maintain Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

If you want to learn more about the PA Nurse Residency Collaborative or the Nurse Residency Program, please contact Amy Ricords at  

If you are a new PA Nurse Residency Collaborative member or have trouble accessing the PA-NRC Member page, please fill out this form

Steering Council

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition established the PA-NRC Steering Council to better support the PA-NRC. The Steering Council is comprised of individuals from institutions across the state. The Steering Council strategically plans how to develop PA Nurse Residency Programs and further the mission of bringing Nurse Residency to every graduate nurse in Pennsylvania.  

2019 PA Nurse Residency Summit: The Subtle Side of Leadership

The PA Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC) hosted its second leadership summit titled, The Subtle Side of Leadership: Change Management, Resiliency, and Influence in collaboration with the annual Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders' (PONL)  Nursing Leadership Conference, held September 26-27 in Harrisburg, PA. 

Participants learned how direct care nurse leadership can lead to innovations addressing quality and safety objectives in their institutions.

Presentations included:

Lead or Get Out of the Way! Creating the Next Generation of Nurse Leaders by Jeff N. Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Resiliency in Nursing Leadership by Paula F. Coe, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Nursing Education and Professional Practice at Allegheny Health Network

An Essential Leadership Tool: The Use of Influence by Marianna Stoneburner, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNO, and Vice President of Patient Care Services for UPMC Horizon & UPMC Jameson

Rapid Fire Poster Presentations by Graduate Nurse Residents

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