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Nurse Residency Program

Nurse Residency graduate photoNurses comprise the largest percentage of the nation’s health care workforce. The demand for nurses is greater than ever; however, a 10-year panel study of new graduate nurses, found that 17.5 percent of them quit their first nursing jobs within the first year.1 This is mainly due to a lack of professional nursing development programs available to support them as they transition from academia to a clinical setting.

Piedmont Columbus Regional proudly partners with the Vizient/AACN (Association of Colleges of Nursing) Nurse Residency Program, offering new nurse graduates a robust 12 months of continued support and professional development as they begin working in their first clinical setting at both our Midtown and Northside campuses. The residents study and learn the curriculum through monthly seminars and group discussions. An integral component of the NRP is the evidence-based practice project (EBPP). All residents are required to complete an EBPP, which supports the development of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. 

Logos for American Association of Colleges of Nursing and VizientThe AACN is the national voice for academic nursing education, establishing quality standards for nursing education and practice. An arm of AACN, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices and accredits post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. These accreditation standards are the basis for the learning objectives of the Vizient/AACN nurse residency curriculum.

The Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program™ supports new graduate nurses as they successfully transition to competent professionals by helping them learn how to:

  • Use effective decision-making skills
  • Provide clinical nursing leadership when administering care
  • Incorporate research-based evidence into practice
  • Strengthen their professional commitment to nursing
  • Formulate an individual development plan

About the Program

  • Trusted by more than 375 hospitals and health systems nationwide.
  • The only nurse residency program adopted as a state model (in Hawaii, Maryland and Pennsylvania).
  • Has served more than 93,000 nurse Residents to date.
  • Had a first-year retention rate of 92.7 percent for nurses who graduated from the program in 2017, compared with the national average of 82.5 percent.
  • Recognized by the Institute of Medicine and The Joint Commission.

What Makes Our Program Unique?

  • Offers a one-year residency Curriculum
  • Requires an academic partner

Program Benefits

Benefits for nurses

  • Increases decision-making competence and confidence
  • Improves professional commitment and satisfaction
  • Enables consistent use of evidence-based practices
  • Builds stronger clinical nursing leadership and critical thinking skills
  • Provides individual development plans for their new role

Benefits for staff

  • Improves nurse satisfaction and team dynamics
  • Reduces staff turnover
  • Increases efficiency and safety
  • Improves morale and reduces team stress

Benefits for patients

  • Improves quality of care and safety
  • Improves patient experience
  • Engages more committed caregivers


1Newly licensed registered nurses: facts and figures. RN Work Project website. Accessed March 7, 2017.
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