The post-baccalaureate UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program (NRP) began
in 2002 as a demonstration project for BSN graduates. The residency
program is a series of learning and work experiences designed to
support graduate nurses as they transition into their first
professional positions for direct care roles in the academic acute
care hospital setting.
The curriculum is divided into three topic areas.
Communication and delegation
Organization of data
Managing the delivery of care
Patient pain management
Evidence-based skin care practice
Responding to emergencies
End of life care
Diversity in the nursing care
Evidence-based practice to improve patient
Stress management and self-care
Stanford Health Care (SHC) entered the nation-wide demonstration
project in July, 2006. The project was concluded in 2012 with results
published in Feb 2013. (Goode CJ, Lynn MR, McElroy D, Bednash GD,
Murray B. Lessons learned from 10 years of research on a
post-baccalaureate nurse residency program. Nurs Adm. 2013 Feb; 43(2):73-9.)
The UHC/AACN benchmarking report was initiated in 2012. The goal of
the benchmarking report was to "enhance the ability of NRP sites
to benchmark their results against those of others in the
program". Rankings in the top five are identified as best
practice. Stanford had the highest number of top five rankings for all
sites across the US. The SHC program has been among those programs
recognized as a national best practice on the UHC/AACN national
outcomes report for four consecutive years.
The one year program includes eight 8 hour seminars and culminates
in the nurse residents presenting an evidence based project to peers,
colleagues, CNSs, Managers, and a Nurse Scientist.
The program's on-line application period is open twice a year in
December and May. Applications are initially screened by HR and then
by nurse leaders at SHC. Selected candidates move onto a panel
interview, and then final candidates are invited to interviews at the
There are approximately 16-18 slots available in December and May.
All RNs hired into the program are Stanford Health Care employees.