Nurse Residency Program
The Nurse Residency Program at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is an evidencebased,
12-month program aimed at assisting new graduate nurses in the transition from academics
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center partners with the Vizient/AACN Nurse
Residency Program™, which operates at more than 350 healthcare organizations nationwide.
Since its establishment in 2002 through 2017, more than 72,000 new graduate nurses have participated
in the program. Notably, The Institute of Medicine recently published The Future of Nursing report
identifying actionable measures that will transform the nursing profession – specifically highlighting
the importance of nurse residency programs for nurses entering the transition-to-practice.
To date, the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program has reduced turnover rates among first-year nurses
achieving an average retention rate of 95%, exceeding the national average of 75%.
Our Nurse Residency Program, a required component of the new graduate curriculum, consists of
a four-hour workshop once a month, an evidence-based practice project, and additional simulation
sessions throughout the year. The monthly workshops include a seminar topic focused around one
of three program components: leadership, patient outcomes, and professional roles. Workshops
also include facilitated small group discussions. These discussions allow residents an opportunity
to discuss the clinical application of the seminar topic as it relates to their own experiences to gain
insight and develop confidence in practice.
These facilitated groups, called pods, also serve as a source of peer support throughout the program. By the end of the program, nurse residents will make the transition from advanced beginner to competent professional nurse in the clinical setting.