1. Greene, Mary Ann DNP, RN, NEA-BC


New graduate nurses are often ill prepared to care for complex, hospitalized patients. Extensive orientations are required to assure competency. Although federal and state funding for new graduates from medical, pharmacology, and chaplaincy schools is provided through federal and state sources, funding for new nurse graduate orientation and residency programs is not. Policy change is proposed to provide federal Medicare and Medicaid funding for orientation and residency programs for nurse graduates.