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Question: The purpose of this evidence-based practice project was to determine in new graduate nurses, how does Nurse Residency Program versus traditional orientation effect confidence and competence in high risk/low volume procedures.

Hypothesis: It was hypothesized that Nurse Residency Program was superior to traditional orientation for improving confidence and competence in high risk/low volume procedures.

Methods: A literature review was conducted using CINAHL with key words “orientation”, “Nurse Residency Program”, “confidence”, “competence”, and “transition”.

Results: The results of the literature search identified two studies that utilized quantitative strategies and found statistically significant results favoring Nurse Residency Programs over orientation alone. Four studies used qualitative strategies identified several repeating themes, including enhanced learning, improved communication, competency, interprofessional relationships, and peer support/communication.

Conclusion: From the results obtained, it is concluded that the hypothesis was supported.

Implications: To further study this topic, data obtained from this cohort of Nurse Residency participants can be reviewed at the completion of the program.

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Gracie Puls, RN; Sydney Wellspeak, RN; Ashley Ernle, RN; Cheryl McGee, RN; Sarah Glor, BSN, RN

Nurse Residents, United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia NY

Nurse Residency Program: Is this worth my time?