Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Almost 30% of new nurse graduates leave the position within the first year of practice, and almost 60% leave within 2 years. When new nurse graduates do not effectively transition into practice, nursing satisfaction is affected, and additional costs are incurred by their organizations through continual hiring of nurses. The purpose of this project was to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based nurse residency program (NRP) for new nurse graduates working in a 16-bed intensive care unit (ICU) of a 160-bed community hospital in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Using a team approach, Rosswurm and Larrabee's model of evidence-based practice was used to guide the project design, which included a pretest followed by 10 educational sessions. The plan concluded with a posttest to assess knowledge gained. The curriculum focused on 3 key areas identified by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education: leadership, patient outcomes, and the professional role of the nurse. Evaluation of the curriculum was completed by 3 Master of Science in Nursing-prepared content experts using a dichotomous scale. An average score revealed that the content met the objectives of each session. The experts also conducted a content validation index (CVI) of each pretest/posttest item using a Likert scale that ranged from 1 (not relevant) to 4 (highly relevant). The scale-CVI average, or the average CVI of all items, was .99; the universal agreement scale-CVI, or universal agreement of all items was .98, meaning there was high agreement across raters. Nurses who participate in the nurse residency program will be better able to transition into practice in the ICU as they provide care for today's complex patients, thereby positively impacting social change in their role as nurses as well as impacting patient, family, and organizational outcomes.