The Houston Methodist nurse residency program journey: Transitioning the new graduate nurse into a success

Jo-Anne Senneff, Carol LaMonica-Way, Krendi Walls, Gilbert Barrera Jr., Harvinder Kaur, Susan Kilbourn


The transition of new graduate nurses (GNs) to professional practice has its challenges, thus providing an established program to facilitate this journey can lessen some of these challenges. Various approaches exist to help GNs transition into their practice environment. This article describes the Houston Methodist Nurse Residency Program (HMNRP), a successful transition program for GNs within a mutli-facility health care system. Houston Methodist (HM) moved from independent practices to a unified system approach to provide a combination of centralized and decentralized nurse residency program sessions to meet the needs of the GNs. This innovative approach has ensured the success of the program. Multiple strategies are important for an effective systematic approach. Some of these strategies include (1) identifying the ideal players, including coordinators, facilitators, stakeholders, and content experts and (2) providing the resources needed to achieve the desired results. Establishing a unified approach to ensure that outcomes are met is essential to success. Defining goals and desired outcomes will guarantee that the purpose of the program is achieved. A multi-faceted approach can be used to teach and facilitate the sessions, continuous assessment and program evaluation help to identify opportunities for improvement. Including all key stakeholders in the evaluation and future planning allows for the program to evolve to meet the outcomes and needs of all involved. Planning is a vital component to ensure a smooth transition. Program success truly lies in the planning.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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