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 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 Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC)

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:

  • Direct advancement of a key recommendation of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) to implement nurse residency programs
  • Access to the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program at a discounted rate
  • Participation in state-specific resources and state-layer support from the PA-NRC:
    • Training and program coordination
    • Communications and resource sharing
    • Networking - Quarterly virtual/in-person meetings with Steering Council leadership, Vizient Annual Conference, PA-NRC Summit with the PA Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL)

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

About the PA-NRC - Download PDF Here

The Impact of the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program in Pennsylvania:

  2019 2020
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

How Does PA Compare?

Participating Hospitals 


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

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 August 2021, a total of 84 hospitals are 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. The PA-NRC works to address the diverse needs of hospitals and health systems across PA. The PA-NRC provides a forum for best practices and resource sharing at the state level to ensure the success of each program. 

Participating PA-NRC Health Systems & Hospitals

Excela Health

  • Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
  • Excela Health Latrobe Hospital
  • Excela Health Frick Hospital

Geisinger Health System

  • Geisinger Medical Center, Danville
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre
  • Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

  • Good Shepherd Home - Raker (Long Term Care)
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital- Allentown
  • Good Shepherd Home - Bethlehem (Long Term Care)
  • Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital 
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital – Pediatric Unit

Jefferson Health

  • Jefferson Abington Hospital
  • Jefferson Lansdale Hospital
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Jefferson Bucks Hospital, Langhorne (Jefferson Northeast)
  • Jefferson Frankford Hospital, Philadelphia (Jefferson Northeast)
  • Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Philadelphia (Jefferson Northeast)
  • Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
  • Einstein Medical Center, Elkins Park
  • Einstein Willowcrest, Philadelphia
  • Einstein MossRehab, Elkins Park

Lehigh Valley Health Network

  • Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital- 17th Street, Allentown
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, Bethlehem

Main Line Health System

  • Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood
  • Paoli Hospital, Paoli
  • Riddle Memorial Hospital, Media
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr
  • Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Bryn Mawr

Penn State Health M.S. Hershey Medical Center

  • Penn State Health M.S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center
  • Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

Temple University Health System

  • Temple University Hospital-Main Campus

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Magee Rehabilitation Hospital 

Tower Health

  • Reading Hospital, West Reading
  • Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville
  • Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania Health System

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Penn Presbyterian Hospital
  • Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster
  • Chester County Hospital, West Chester
  • Good Shepherd Penn Partners
  • Princeton Medical Center

UPMC Health System

  • UPMC Bedford
  • UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport Divine Campus
  • UPMC Susquehanna, Muncy
  • UPMC Pinnacle, Lititz
  • UPMC Susquehanna, Cole
  • UPMC Susquehanna, Wellsboro
  • UPMC Somerset
  • UPMC Pinnacle, Hanover
  • UPMC Pinnacle, Carlisle
  • UPMC Pinnacle, Memorial
  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Northwest
  • UPMC Jameson
  • UPMC Pinnacle, West Shore
  • UPMC Susquehanna, Lock Haven
  • UPMC Chautauqua
  • UPMC McKeesport
  • UPMC Pinnacle, Community Osteopathic
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC St Margaret
  • UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport
  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC Western Psych
  • UPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg
  • UPMC Children's
  • UPMC Magee
  • UPMC Mercy
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Shadyside
  • UPMC Presbyterian

Vizient NRP Resources

Steering Council

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition established the PA-NRC Steering Council to support the PA-NRC. The Steering Council is comprised of individuals from PA-NRC member institutions. The Steering Council leads the development of PA-NRC programs with a goal of state-wide collaboration, support of PA-NRC Coordinators, and the professional development of new graduate nurses across Pennsylvania. 


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