Nurse Residency Program

The Nurse Residency Program is a one-year structured program that helps the newly licensed nurse transition from a student to a professional nurse by placing emphasis on professionalism, patient outcomes and leadership. The goal of the Nurse Residency Program is to support newly registered nurse graduates in their development as professional members of the healthcare team. The program provides monthly learning sessions designed to enhance critical thinking skills, develop leadership abilities, implement research based practice, provide patient safety initiatives, and career development.

When is the program offered?

The Nurse Residency Program is offered several times a year. However, all applicants must have a current valid Mississippi nursing license prior to starting employment.

Criteria for participation

Criteria for participation in the Nurse Residency Program include graduation from an accredited ADN or BSN program within the last 6 months as well as the following:

  • RN licensure
  • Full-time employment at UMMC
  • Willingness to participate in and complete the Nurse Residency Program requirements

Why did UMMC implement a Nurse Residency Program?

The Nurse Residency Program is a one-year national program developed by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to address the need for qualified competent nurses. UMMC and the School Of Nursing have joined AACN in implementing the Nurse Residency Program as a method of assisting new graduates during their first year of nursing. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2010 report states that Nurse Residency Programs demonstrate the improvement of nurse retention, expand on skill competencies therefore, improving patient outcomes and nursing satisfaction.

UMMC is fully committed in the standard of excellence with supporting nurse graduates during the transition from a newly licensed nurse to a competent nurse by providing:

  • Extensive precepted experiences on the graduate nurses' clinical unit.
  • Specialty courses designed for specific patient populations that occur throughout the first year. The numbers of hours spent on learning activities vary depending on the unit.
  • Support for nurse graduates include:
    • Lively discussions of clinical topics and situations.
    • Hands-on experience with patient care equipment.
    • Exposure to the many opportunities available to UMMC nurses.
    • Information about the community UMMC serves.
    • Details on available professional and personal development resources.
    • Discussion topics of interest to nurse residents.

How does the Nurse Residency Program support the nurse graduate?

The Nurse Residency Program supports the nurse graduate by utilizing classroom learning seminars, well developed case studies, small group discussion, precepted clinical practice, evidence-based practice projects and personal interactions with expert facilitators.

Are there expectations in the Nurse Residency Program?

Yes, Nurse Residency expectations include:

  • Current Mississippi nursing license
  • One-year commitment to the Nurse Residency Program
  • One-year commitment to the area of hire
  • A commitment to excellence
  • A commitment to provide exceptional nursing care to all populations served.