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 skillset 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 through data-driven solutions as they enter clinical practice. The evidence-based curriculum delivers on three key areas: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional development. The NRP helps organizations obtain and maintain Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Pennsylvania Action Coalition aims to increase the number of health care institutions with the NRP through its strategic partnership with Vizient, Inc.
The PA-NRC was established in 2016 as a partnership of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition and Vizient, Inc. to implement residency programs in Pennsylvania and to provide an additional layer of support. All hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania that have purchased the Vizient/AACN PA-Nurse Residency Program (NRP) are members of the PA-NRC.
Benefits of participating in the PA-NRC include:
If you are a new PA Nurse Residency Collaborative member or have trouble accessing the PA-NRC Member page, please fill out this form.
|RNs hired at participating PA-NRC hospitals||
(61% of all RNs hired in PA work at a participating PA-NRC hospital)
(48% of all RNs hired in PA work at a participating PA-NRC hospital)
|Turnover rate for RNs at participating PA-NRC hospitals||10%||8%|
|Cost avoidance with the national average turnover rate of 14% and national turnover costs of $88,000 per nurse to PA-NRC turnover rate||$14.7 million||$19.6 million|
66 of 154 acute care hospitals in PA (43%)
8 rehabilitation hospitals
National Vizient NRP:
654 of 6,090 total hospitals in the U.S. in 2021 (11%) have purchased the NRP