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Maryland institutes residency program requirement for all new acute care RNs

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MARYLAND BECOMES FIRST STATE IN NATION TO FUND AND REQUIRE ALL NEW REGISTERED NURSES TO COMPLETE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Maryland is the first state in the nation to achieve the goal set by the American Academy of Nursing calling for all acute care hospitals to require all newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) to complete a nurse residency program, that will provide structured transition into clinical practice. All 40 of Maryland’s acute care hospitals now fund and offer a 12-month residency program.

The move is based on growing health care demands and an increasing number of nurses retiring from practice that are challenging RN workforce requirements in Maryland and across the country. Evidence demonstrates residency programs increase nurses' retention, confidence, and competence, and the likelihood that they will be successful in their positions.

Although this is first in nation, there are initiatives underway in several regions of New York State, and in other states, all working toward the goal of establishing residency programs.

For more detail about the Maryland experience, refer to the full press release (attached) or visit https://mdonl.nursingnetwork.com.