Evaluation of Outcomes From an Online Nurse Residency Program

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

This retrospective study examined the nurse outcomes from new-graduate nurse residents completing an online nurse residency program (NRP).

BACKGROUND

Studies have shown that hospital-based NRPs help new graduates transition from beginners to competent nurses. However, NRPs can tax the resources of smaller institutions, making such a program unrealistic. Little is published exploring the efficacy of online programs for nursing residents.

METHODS

Surveys assessing the impact of the online program were completed by residents in an online NRP at initiation, 6 months, and at completion.

RESULTS

There were statistically significant improvements in organizational and prioritizing skills; confidence in communication with other healthcare providers, patients, and families; and improved leadership ability. The percentage of residents reporting negative safety practices and patient errors decreased over time.

CONCLUSIONS

An NRP using online educational modules results in nurse outcomes comparable to those reported from traditional models.

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