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  1. Varner, Kendra MSN, RN-BC
  2. Holland, Cindra DNP, RNC-OB, ACNS-BC
  3. Hansen, Jim MSN, RN-BC
  4. Leeds, Ruth BSN, MS, RN-BC


Literature about nurse residency programs has increased over the past decade, but few authors focus on the person(s) responsible for the program. This multifaceted role has a direct effect on program outcomes and the future of nursing through effectively facilitating transition in professional practice. Blending theory, experience, and application of practice standards, the authors describe the nurse residency program leader as a transition specialist emerging within the context of nursing professional development.