RN residency program


The Nurse Residency program is an evidence-based platform which has been implemented to support registered nurses with less than 1 year of acute care experience as they transition into the role of a professional nurse. Course content and curriculum is based upon recommendations of the National League of Nursing (NLN), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) and various peer-reviewed articles. The residency is then tailored specifically to the culture of Salem Health.


The Nurse Residency program is a formal 6 month professional development course. It begins with initial orientation and training, and proceeds to monthly meetings. These meetings are 3.5 hours in length with varied topics geared toward the high-level professional development of an entry-level registered nurse. These are not unit-specific education courses. Each course is presented by content expert(s) in an interactive manner and for some courses, pre-coursework may be involved to better prepare residents to apply the content.

Examples of Content

  • Stress/Transition management
  • Delegation
  • Time management
  • Legal issues in nursing
  • Communication/Advocacy
  • Magnet – Culture of Clinical Excellence
  • Nursing sensitive indicators
  • Pain management
  • Geriatrics
  • Critical thinking case studies

Each resident is involved in a Kaizen/LEAN project during their residency program. The goal of the project is to introduce Kaizen principles, and to connect the Resident with the Specialty Practice Team from their unit to determine a Quick & Easy idea/problem. The Resident(s) then work through a four-step problem solving activity to develop and implement an action plan.


Since its inception in 2012, new graduate nurse retention has increased. The following graph shows how the Nurse Residency Program has influenced new graduate nurse retention over time.


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