Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Nursing (Graduate)

First Advisor

Louann B. Zinsmeister, PhD, RN, CNE


The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of nurse residency programs (NRPs) on retention rates. This study was an evidence synthesizing project including data analysis, a comprehensive literature review, and a critique of the literature. This study was conducted through a search strategy using online databases. Nine pieces of evidence were chosen for review and critique. The need for confident and intelligent nurses is extremely evident in today’s healthcare. New graduate nurses account for a majority of the nursing workforce today. In order to meet this demand, new graduate nurses need to be adequately trained and prepared for the transition from student nurse to new professional nurse. Nurse residency programs have proven to be effective in supporting the growth, development, and retention of new graduate nurses.


This is an evidence-based practice capstone project submitted to the faculty of the graduate program in nursing in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Nursing.